My name is Damien Guard and I grew up on the small picturesque island of Guernsey located off the coast of northern France. (Yes, it’s where the cows come from)
I have been developing software since 1983 when I learnt on the school Acorn BBC Micros by day and my own Sinclair ZX Spectrum by night. I moved on to developing commercial & internet banking, e-commerce, device drivers, databases, intranets, extranets, Windows apps, content management and many other cool things.
Currently I work as the Chief Technology Officer at Attack Pattern here in the heart of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara county on a both Windows 8 applications tailor-made for clients and a few of our own in-house developed apps such as the kids game Sticker Tales.
Previously I worked at Netflix HQ in Los Gatos, California as a Senior Software Engineer on the .NET based platforms. That includes the desktop/web video player, Windows Phone 7x and Windows 8.
Prior to that I worked at Microsoft as a Senior Software Development Engineer at Xbox LIVE where I developed the Xbox web marketplace as well as providing broader services across xbox.com including security and the JSON based API that powers the Xbox Windows 8 metro application.
And before that I spent almost two years at Microsoft’s Data Modelling Group (DMG) working on LINQ to SQL and Entity Framework which are object-relational mappers in the .NET Framework. I was also one of the original guys behind Code First which lets you define your object-relational mapping for Entity Framework in code instead of using tools and XML.
I was actively involved in the Guernsey Software Developer Forum where I gave a number of talks on subjects such as Subversion, Web Application Security and Microsoft’s Language Integrated Query (LINQ) before I moved from Guernsey to Vancouver in 2008. I hold a BSc degree in Computer Science (1st with Honours) and was a member of the British Computer Society from 2005-2008.
You can contact me at email@example.com.
Thanks for reading,