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Aside from my day job, I have worked on several side projects in the past few years, most notably on a website called "Learn French By Podcast". My services were acquired by the site owner to take the old version of LFBP and completely revamp it from top to bottom. This revamp has lead to a bolster in sales and has lead to a drastic reduction in the amount of administration required on the site owner's part. The site is being continually improved on an ongoing basis and has been a resounding success since the revamp launched in May 2008. When working on side projects I usually develop in PHP/MySQL, but I have recently taken great interest in Python and Django, and document-oriented databases like CouchDB and SimpleDB.
In addition to developing software, I also love writing articles and tutorials on technical topics. This started out as a hobby with blog posts and tutorials, but last year I was approached to create content for IBM developerWorks. I jumped at this exciting opportunity and have not looked back since. In the past nine months I have written six articles/tutorials for developerWorks, on topics such as ExtJS, Adobe AIR, Facebook applications, Adobe Flex, Django, CouchDB, Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0. I look forward to potentially writing more articles in the future. I am also hoping to take my writing to the next level, and am currently in discussions with a major IT publishing company about writing a book. I'm afraid I can't give too much away about that right now, but suffice to say that if all goes well you'll be hearing plenty more about it here in the not too distant future!
Outside of technology, my interests lie in music, food and drink, cinema and a recently rekindled love for video games. I'm more of an indoors person, but I do enjoy travelling and playing sports like soccer and tennis.
If you want to get in touch with me, feel free to leave a comment here on this blog, or on my main blog at www.joelennon.ie (there's a contact form there if you wish to email me, otherwise you can simply try to guess my email address :D). I can also be contacted via Twitter
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