Er, hi there.
I guess you’re here because you would like to know a bit about me, so here goes.
My name, as you’ve probably figured out, is James McKay, and I work as a software developer at JFA Systems, a small company in the south of England that builds software for the travel industry. Currently I’m working mainly with .NET, C#, SQL Server on the back end and Angular on the front end, though I also have experience with Linux, Python, AWS, Docker, and shell scripting.
Before I started at my current job, I worked for nine and a half years for the Houses of Parliament, on a variety of projects including the Parliamentary website, their Open Data platform, and a Continuous Delivery platform on AWS. Prior to that I worked for three years at a small Horsham-based Internet and New Media agency called EurekaStep Ltd, and before that, I was the webmaster for Kingdom Faith Church, a lively Charismatic church in Horsham, West Sussex, where I am still a member.
I am a graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, where I read Natural Sciences (Physics).
I am a Christian. More specifically, I am a Christian of the Charismatic variety. My late father was the author of a Bible reading course for Charismatic Christians called The Way of the Spirit, which I highly recommend. I also have something of an interest in discussions about science and faith, and on that matter my views are fairly similar to the old-earth, evolutionary creationist views of BioLogos. You can read more of my musings on the subject on my science and faith blog, How Old Is The Earth?
After having worked for nearly a decade in the Westminster bubble, my political views can be summed up simply by the immortal words from Alice in Wonderland: They’re all just a pack of playing cards.
Contrary to popular belief, I was not born in Scotland. I spent the first eleven and a half years of my life in Hull, which is about a hundred and fifty miles south of the border. When I was a child my friends all told me I was Scottish, but up in Scotland all my relatives told me that being born in England made me a “Sassenach,” in other words, irredeemably English. For some reason that I never quite understood, they seemed to change their tune about that after I got into Cambridge though…
In addition to computer programming, I enjoy doing various other things including photography, playing the piano, researching better ways to bake flapjacks, and entertaining my nephews and niece. My favourite food is Sara Lee double chocolate gateau and my pet hate is mince.
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