Curriculum Vitae

David Edward Stratford


NameDave Stratford


I have almost 30 years of almost continuous ICL VME applications development experience, using all of the standard VME superstructure products. I also have experience of Perl/MySQL development for web based applications, and MicroFocus Cobol on Windows.

More recently I have been a formal system tester, still on the VME environment.

Technical Knowledge


Operating systems


Applications & Tools

Most recent employment

EmployerCGI - (Dwr Cymru Welsh Water)
Department/teamICL Development Team
AddressCGI, Linear House, St Mellons, Cardiff
TitleContract programmer/analyst/designer/tester
Date of employment 23rd September 2013 to 20th December 2013
UsingVME, COBOL, Application Master, Altadata, IDMSX, TPMS, DDS + ISDA, SCL, QM

Modified the occupation details I wrote last time I was at DCWW to reduce the amount of data colleted.

Developed a one off application to load new data to the database from two other systems for Name and Address data cleansing purposes. Supporting the system and unit testing.

Ad-hoc help with the annual billing process, usually investigation of a fault in the testing.

Previous employment

Most recent first

Geos Imaging
EmployerGeos Imaging
Address99 Caerleon Road, Newport, Gwent. NP19 7BY
TitleContract programmer/analyst/designer/tester
Date of employment 14th January 2013 to 1st March 2013
UsingLinux, windows XP, PERL, MySQL, HTML::Template

Modifying the MySQL database and the PERL Scripts and templates to allow the system to work from inside a Wordpress shell. Updated the application form to allow a slightly wider range of answers to some questions. Added some questions, removed others. Added additional validation for postcodes and telephone numbers.

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Nationwide Building Society
Intellectual Property Office
Portsmouth Water Limited
Nationwide Building Society
RDF Consulting
Red Emperor Ltd
RDF Consulting
Automobile Association
AG Systems
Automobile Association
Household Mortgage Corporation
International Computers Limited
Mersey Regional Health Authority


Red Emperor

During the summer of 2003 I did a small amount of ad-hoc work for the internet gaming company Red Emperor. This involved learning Perl and MySQL. My task was to generate a small number of routing algorithms for the web based game Empires. Subsequently been involved, again on an ad hoc basis, in bug fixing and minor interface changes. This work has usually been home based, but has occasionally meant travelling to Red Emperors Luton office. Currently working on the next game, provisionally called Dominion, a solo game based on the rise of the Roman Empire.


I have taught myself (X)HTML, CSS and Javascript, along with Perl and MySQL, and have built a number of different web sites:

All these web sites are fully W3C HTML compliant, and have been validated as correct by the W3C HTML validator, mostly to the HTML4.01 or XHTML1.0 standards. The reflections photographic site contains a small amount of javascript.

I have also written an automated HTML generator (!WebGen2) which has been used to create a number of web sites, of which part of the reflections-photographic site above is just one.

Education, Qualifications & Training

Education September 1974 King George V Grammar School, Southport
September 1978 Southport Technical College
September 1981 Huddersfield Polytechnic
Qualifications 9 GCE 'O' levels including Maths and English
1 GCE 'A' level in Computer Science (Grade B)
Higher National Diploma in Computer Studies
VCC5 days VME Cobol.
VSCLP5 days VME SCL programming
VIDMP5 days VME IDMS programming
VIDMI5 days VME IDMS implementation and support
VIDMD5 days VME IDMS design
VITPF5 days VME implementation of TP facilities
DDS2 days Use of the Data Dictionary System
QBOSDAM5 days Online Application Master
QBBRAM5 days Batch AM (Report Master)
QM3 days End user Query Master
VTPIDMREC1 day VME TPMS/IDMS recovery workshop
SALD10 days Systems analysis and logical design
FSS5 days First steps in Systems Supervision
MUMPS7 days Programming and support of MUMPS
CPROG5 day C programming course run by Sun.

Personal References

Mr Nigel Painter
99 Caerleon Road
NP19 7BY
Rev. Christopher Stevens
St. Joseph's Presbytry
Barnsley Road
West Yorkshire

Other Personal Information

An active member of High Wycombe Divisions St.John Ambulance Brigade, I regularly attend public duties and help out on public first aid courses. I have held full First Aid at Work (FAW) certificates continuously since 1990, and more recently more advanceed Ambulance aid certificates. During my time as a member of Stevenage St.John, I became an official physio-first aider for Stevenage Rugby Club. During the Summer of 2003 I worked part time, mainly doing holiday cover, for the Buckinghamshire St.Johm Ambulance Transport Service doing patient transfers between hospitals, and between hospital and home or residential care.

I have been driving since 1982 and have a full, clean, driving licence. I am a full member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, having passed their advanced driving test during 1992.

For a short while I was joint treasurer of the Southport Napoleonic society, and still play RPG's and similar games. I enjoy skiing, walking, reading, cinema and listening to music. Whilst I was in Cardiff I started to learn to sail, and currently hold a RYA level 1 certificate.

I recently took up photography much more seriously, and am putting together a portfolio with the aim of becoming a member of the Royal Photographic Society. As a result of this I have also started to do a small amount of Wedding and portrait photography.

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