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Frank's roles have gone from embedded and distributed software development and Unix systems administration, to Internet-based development and technical design, to technical consulting and advice to businesses.
He finished his time with Zengrange by working at HP's calculator development labs in Oregon to develop the cross-over product for their next-generation top-end scientific calculator, the HP-48SX.
Throughout his career, Frank has also generally been responsible for the organisation and running of business-critical computer systems, usually involving Unix and TCP/IP networks. His experience in providing advice and support in distributed computing and network management was recognised by Hewlett-Packard's professional services organisation, with whose major clients he consulted regarding their business-critical operations.
He was co-founder of Limitless, one of Britain's longest-established Internet businesses, and its managing director from 1995 to 1999.
BSc (Hons) Science, Open University, UK (2004)
Diploma in Music, Open University, UK (2003)
His honours degree is based on both the formal education in computer science he got after programming for years for fun while studying medicine, and his more recent studies on molecular biology and graph theory.
He spoke at NetWorld+Interop in 1996 on Internet service provider business strategies. He has given Internet-related interviews to BBC radio and television. He is named as co-inventor on the patent for an Internet-based distributed communications system.
Frank takes the time consider the bigger picture behind software development and consulting through his regular participation in the Psychology of Programming Interest Group, and contributes the light-hearted Doddery fodder column to the group's newsletter.
2002: Frank co-edited and contributed to RCL 20, and designed and produced it with Paola Kathuria. The book celebrates 20 years of HPCC, the Handheld and Portable Computer Club in the UK that Frank co-founded in 1982. RCL 20: People, Dreams & HP Calculators, W.A.C. Mier-Jedrzejowicz Ph.D. & Frank Wales (Eds), 2002, ISBN: 0-9510733-3-8
1994: Frank was invited to speak, and chair a session, at a NATO advanced research workshop on software development environments; his wishlist for software development environments is published in the workshop proceedings: User-Centered Requirements for Software Engineering Environments, Springer-Verlag, 1994 (Amazon.
Principal Developer, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP (2016)
Delivery Manager: Core Systems, NET-A-PORTER GROUP (2011-2015)
Development Manager: Core Systems, NET-A-PORTER GROUP (2011-present)
Co-owner, Limitless Innovations (2000-2010)
Co-founder, Limitless Technical Dimensions Ltd (1995-1999)
Co-owner, ArcGlade Services Ltd (1991-1999)
Director, Greplite Ltd (1991-1993)
Software technology developer, Grep Ltd (1990-1991)
Software designer, developer, consultant, Zengrange Ltd, Leeds (1983-1990)
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