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Giles Rapkin

Software development engineer at nakedhearts

London, United Kingdom
  1. Amazon,
  2. Betfair,
  3. Yahoo!
  1. Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University)
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Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University)

Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University)

Software Engineering

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Engineer with experience in designing, developing and supporting high availability, scalable, high performance web applications. Past experience in developing developer and backoffice tools.

Works well as part of a team (be that in one geographical location or as part of a distributed team).

Excellent written communicator. Quick learner. Good problem solver.

Technical skills include - Perl, PHP, SQL (MySQL), JavaScript, Apache, Various operating systems (Linux - mainly RHEL and Ubuntu, OS X, FreeBSD), Version control (CVS, Subversion), Continuous integration (using Hudson, gmake, PHPUnit, Perl Test::More/Test::Class/Devel::Cover).

Past experience in developing desktop applications in Java and Cocoa/Objective-C.

Specialties:Performance profiling and optimisation of web applications. Architecting and developing resilient, high performance applications. Producing technical documentation. Researching new technologies. Solving complex technical problems. Introducing continuous integration to existing projects/code bases.



(2 years 6 months)London


(10 months)London, United Kingdom

Engineer, Sports

(2 years 6 months)

Maintaining the European sports sites. Introducing CI (Hudson, unit tests/coverage, smoke tests on a separate test environment, nightly builds). Standardising development and release processes. Maintaining dev/test environments for the other developers. New feature development. Platform robustness.

Engineer, Communities

(2 years 6 months)

Maintain Yahoo's European messageboards. Perform platform upgrades and integration into Yahoo's European media properties and i18n. Maintain development/integration environments for other developers in the team. Improve property robustness (redundancy/failover).

Engineer, Mobile

(5 months)

Maintain Yahoo's existing European mobile sites. Develop mobile browser testing tools.

Senior Agent Developer

(2 years 1 month)

Developing backoffice and desktop developer tools. Mentoring new team members.

Agent Developer

(1 year 8 months)

Developing an maintaining crawlers that collect product and price information from client websites/feeds. Provide technical assistance to clients.


  • Continuous Integration
  • Perl
  • Subversion
  • Apache
  • Linux
  • PHP
  • Java
  • Spring
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Scrum
  • Shell Scripting
  • Web Applications
  • MySQL
  • Bash
  • Distributed Systems
  • Scalability
  • Web Services
  • Design Patterns
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Royal Military College of Science (Cranfield University)

2.1 BEng (hons), Software Engineering

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