Luke Lanchester

By day, principal engineer at 383, developing platforms and services for the world's largest brands;

By night, contributor to all things open source and a quantified-self addict.

About

My name is Luke Lanchester, a programmer & self-confessed geek living in the heart of England. Since 2006 I have been telling computers what to do, both online and off. In that time I have designed and developed platforms used by millions of people every day and released code that has empowered hundreds of thousands of businesses and users around the world.

As a principal engineer at 383, an award-winning digital products and services company, I have architected and built websites, apps, platforms and products for some of the biggest names in industry. With a combination of speed and efficiency borne of experience across multiple disciplines, I have been able to roll out market-leading results within weeks instead of months or years.

Companies I have had the honour of working with include the world's largest hotel chain, Hilton Worldwide; the oldest national broadcaster, the BBC and the FTSE 100 multi-billion dollar investment company Hammerson PLC, to name just a few. Projects have ranged from apps released to market within days to internal APIs that facilitate business-critical services.

As a true geek however, I never stop learning. In my own time I have created apps and code libraries that are shared freely on the web, enabling thousands of other developers and small-business owners to take advantage of the amazing power of the Internet to reach their audiences. These tools have been downloaded and used hundreds of thousands of times.

Work

  • Hilton Worldwide — global platform, business APIs, experiential sites
  • Hammerson PLC — high-traffic retail network sites, campaign-based apps
  • Chevrolet GM — rapid development of multi-platform apps
  • BBC — app prototyping, concept work
  • Bulk Buffer bulk management of social accounts
  • GPS Heatmaps data processing and visualization tool
  • HL Twitter WordPress plugin, 100K+ downloads

Skills

Knowledge of a particular skill is less important than the curiosity and ability to pick up new ones as the task at hand requires it. Having said that, I've worked with more languages, servers and tools than I can remember and will always pick the best tool for the job.

Ansible
Apache
CSS
Distributed systems
ETL analytics
Go
HTML
Java
JavaScript
Microservices
MongoDB
Multi-tenancy
MySQL
Nginx
Node JS
PHP
Python
Redis
Schema design
SQL
Unit testing
Varnish
XML