I specialize in web application development, both back-end and front-end, and also webservices, systems integration, devops, and databases.
In my portfolio section, I’ve begun posting about some of my client projects.
My preferred style of work is to closely interact with the important stakeholder(s) in the project.
I’ll start with an initial consultation to understand the outcome that is desired, and context for the project.
Development will alternate between discovering requirements and implementing features.
I look for the biggest impact for the smallest initial effort as the starting point. This gives us a good way to initially test the concept, and then a platform to begin refining and modifying.
I usually work in an iterative style, roughly Kanban oriented, but with influences from XP, Scrum, and Lean.
In general an iterative approach focused on delivering incremental value immediately seems to have the best results.
This approach requires less “Big Up-Front Design”, but requires continual interaction between the product “owner”, and the implementors (developers, testers, designers, etc.).
This process can scale from just me and you, to dozens of stakeholders and implementers.
My platform of choice for web application development is Go, usually on Linux, but also on MacOS and Windows.
I’m also fond of ASP.NET MVC and C# for Microsoft environments and windows applications and business web applications. .NET Core looks to be a powerful and versatile evolution of the .NET ecosystem too.
Java is the industry behemoth for enterprise applications, and devices, and has arguably the most developed community and ecosystem for building robust applications.
Finding the best technology for a solution is often a balance between cost of development tools, cost of deployment and hosting, speed of development, and re-usable code libraries and snippets.
Depending on many variables, like the long term support plan, the upfront financial investment available, the intended use or audience, or other factors, I’ll be able to quickly build solutions in any one of a these technologies (and a few others too).
Modern web applications and systems are built to be distributed, fault-tolerant, and to scale well under load.
If local deployment is sufficient for your needs, I can help you stand up and manage your local infrastructure.
John Weldon Consulting got it’s start in 2002, when I needed to supplement my income while volunteering at a non-profit, and started freelancing with a few side projects.
Volunteering doesn’t support a family very well, so sadly after eighteen months I resigned from the General Manager position at Hope for the Nations. I resumed working in the software development industry, and fortunately I love it here too.
I’ve had a couple intervals where I did no side work, but in the last decade or so I’ve been constantly engaged with clients and projects in my evenings and weekends, in addition to my “day job” of software consulting.