Everything you need to know about me

I’ve been a developer since I was 16. Having no garage, unlike my American counterparts, I began developing small sites, apps and hacks from the comfort of my bedroom. My focus back then was pretty much the same as it is now – finding new ways of solving annoying problems.

Early on, this involved discovering how to send SMS messages for free by piggybacking on a service owned by HMV. (This was back when an SMS could cost up to 30p.) The resulting service – ZipSMS – grew to capture around 1% of all texts sent each day. It also captured HMV’s attention and, while they were surprisingly good about it, ultimately this meant the demise of that particular brainchild.

Since then, my career has followed roughly the same path – find stuff that needs fixing and then use technology to fix it. Today, I’m a Software Development Engineer for Microsoft.

Basically this means I spend most of my time building software with partners.

While I work across all of our technologies, my particular passion is the Web. I regularly speak, blog and about all aspects of Web development and implementation. I’ve written articles for, and been featured in, .NET Magazine, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network and Windows Magazine.

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Martin works for Microsoft as a Software Developer. He’s been a developer since the late 90s and loves figuring out problems and experimenting with code.