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I'm the James Gardner that works as a Full Stack Web Developer and Open Source Technical Architect, lives in London, was lucky enough to study Physics at Oxford (Wadham College), and designed a Photobioreactor whilst at school in Bedford!

I'm best known for programming in the Python language and for leading the CKAN open data team in its formative years at data.gov.uk (now used worldwide e.g. data.gov, humdata, more...). You can still read my open source book on the Pylons web framework.

Nowadays I also code Node.js, React (web and native) and Go. I like taking projects from idea to MVP to production using a test-driven approach or helping successful teams scale their software.

Recent News

Wed 8th Feb 2017, 4:00pm  

Friefunk and B.A.T.M.A.N

Mon 30th Jan 2017, 11:00am  

perl -pi -w -e 's/page/comment/g; s/Page/Comment/g;' comment.py

Mon 30th Jan 2017, 9:00am  

Google Cloud Functions HTTP (alpha) and something similar with Azure Functions described on Stack Overflow (because the headers option in context.res is not documented in the docs)

Fri 27th Jan 2017, 1:00pm  

Earley parser in JS (I want to read this when I get a chance) 

Sat 21st Jan 2017, 3:35pm  

JavaScript regex markdown parser gist

Sat 14th Jan 2017, 7:00pm  

Service Worker Toolbox - and an example

Wed 11th Jan 2017, 7:00pm  

Making sense of MVP YES!!

Tue 10th Jan 2017, 3:00pm  

The Busy Bee Paradox

Wed 4th Jan 2017, 9:00pm  

Shapeways 3D printing service

Tue 3rd Jan 2017, 9:00am  

Node web security considerations and useful libraries from RisingStack

Sun 1st Jan 2017, 9:00pm  

1997: Bowie's advice to artists

Wed 28th Dec 2016, 6:45pm  

Creating really small executables on Linux.

Mon 26th Dec 2016, 3:00pm  

Tips for making an electron app.

Thu 22nd Dec 2016, 1:00pm  

Inspired by the maker spirit of the big life fix, I might have a go at following this ESP822 guide. after I bought the components in Feb 2015. Don't know what I'll fix with it yet though.

Wed 21st Dec 2016, 1:00pm  

A guide to coordinate systems in Great Britain from Ordnance Survey [PDF]

Tue 20th Dec 2016, 10:00pm  

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Thu 15th Dec 2016, 10:00pm  

The two pillars of JavaScript - I need to give this a closer read - seems like good stuff.

Thu 15th Dec 2016, 12:00pm  

Amazon launches a London region

Wed 14th Dec 2016, 3:00pm  

Amazing behind-the-scenes tour of the map archive and map exhibition at the British Library with Ordnance Survey.

Tue 13th Dec 2016, 11:28am  

Building LIDAR hightmaps