Jean-Paul Roberts

Computer programmer, analyst and teacher

I am a programmer with over 30 years' experience gained in a range of industries, the last 16 with IBM.

I am now self employed developing apps for Android; programming in a range of languages including Java, Javascript and Python; and helping the next generation of programmers gain the skills that I have acquired over the years.

The first program I sold controlled stock movement in a warehouse, and ran on a CP/M computer - both the program and operating system lived in the 64 kb (yes, kilobytes) that was all CP/M systems had in those days.

I have gained experience in a wide range of industries including Utilities, Retail, Insurance and the Motor Manufacturing industry. My clients and employers have included Northumbrian Water, Arcadia, Royal Sun Alliance, Nissan and Jaguar Landrover. I also worked for Sunderland University for 3 years preparing and delivering training courses in computing.

Times have changed, the challenges are very different to what they were, but programming remains fun!

When not at my computer, I am often riding my motorbike through the wonderful countryside of the UK and Europe.

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