Who is Jon Jennings?
I’m an experienced software developer with over a decade of development experience. I have experience in design, development and implementation and fully understand the importance of documentation and maintenance. My experience covers a wide range of languages and systems including but not limited to Java, HTML, multi-tier networked applications and PHP.

I’m currently working primarily with PHP – a language with which I have a love-hate relationship. It’s great for getting something online quickly but I miss the rigour of strongly typed compiled languages such as C++ and Java. But as most of my work is WordPress-based, I’m stuck with it!

I’m originally from the UK and have been in Vancouver, Canada for the past nine years. One of my biggest interests is technology. This interest extends past technical gadgets to include the pace of change. How big was the first hard drive you bought? And the one after that? And now you can hold the equivalent of 70,000 1,300,000  2 million floppy disks (remember them?) in the palm of your hand.

Another of my passions is beer. Quality beer – not drinking to excess! I love the fine fragrance of a good, hoppy beer, or something a bit darker and full of malty flavour. As a home brewer, I take pride in the explosion of flavours I create on your taste-buds and the long lasting finish that lingers in your mouth.

I’m also a Toastmaster. Toastmasters is a public speaking organization. It provides a learning program to help people get over their fear of public speaking and to learn to perform better in front of an audience. I spent 18 months serving as VP Education for my club and took great pleasure in the opportunities I got to help others.

Some of my other interests include:

  • Music I love genuine music – music with sincerity and passion. People are often surprised to hear that often means folk music.
  • Sailing I hold a Royal Yachting Association “Yachtmaster Theory” certificate which means I’m capable of taking a yacht and sailing it around Vancouver Island if I so choose. In theory.
  • Photography I’m an ex semi-serious photographer. I still have a collection of 35mm SLRs and lenses in the cupboard and only recently sold my darkroom. Film photography is very much a niche market these days. I’ve replaced all that with a pocketable digital camera which, combined with some time slaving over a copy of GIMP, has enough manual features to get me the results I want, most of the time. One day I’ll add a nice digital SLR to my collection.