About Me

My name is Richard Smith and I’m a veteran developer with more than 20 years of commercial experience, mostly focussed on web technologies - but I've done a bit of everything along the way.

I’m one of the founders of Traveltek, a global travel technology business with more than 400 customers in 35 countries, who annually transact more than $11 billion on our integrated travel booking platform. I am currently Chief Architect, ensuring our solutions meet the needs of our growing client base.

I have extensive experience in writing front and back-end code, designing products, leading teams, managing infrastructure, hiring collaborators, and communicating a vision across a business. Perl, Python, Javascript, HTML, CSS, jQuery, Prototype, NodeJS... I do them all.

I am a qualified AWS Solutions Architect Associate with a proven track record in AWS cloud migration, setup and configuration of VPC, EC2, RDS, S3, SNS, SES, SQS, Lambda, ElastiCache, CodePipeline, CodeDeploy, CodeBuild, API Gateway and other major services. I have designed AWS solutions for cruise lines and tour operators and managed the monolith to microservices journey.

I have been a DBA of MySQL based database platforms (Percona, MariaDB, Aurora), handling master/slave architectures, query optimisation, and 500+ million row tables.

I have extensive knowledge of data parsing, working with structured formats like XML and JSON, and communication protocols such as REST, SOAP and RPC. I have designed and documented APIs used by global travel agencies. I have also worked with legacy formats such as EDIFACT, and once wrote a websocket based Javascript Viewdata emulator - a true clash of old and new technologies.

I have in-depth experience of PCI Compliance, having managed multiple successful audits and remediation programmes, as well as producing policy and procedure documents for PCI and GDPR. I also have experience dissecting legal contracts, understanding complex technical documentation and legislation.

I wrote a novel called The Procurer, which is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Procurer-Richard-Smith/dp/1505379288.

I build Lego and post videos on Youtube as Brick Digest, https://www.youtube.com/brickdigest, which also has a Facebook page https://facebook.com/brickdigest.

You can contact me at richard@brickdigest.com, just to say hi.