I am Dave Wilcox, a website, PHP and database developer, and, admittedly, a bit of a geek. I moved from the UK in 2008, and I now work as a contractor in Auckland, New Zealand and also work for remote clients. I live in Kaiwaka, Northland (100km north of Auckland) with my wife Amanda, who keeps my batteries charged with tea and biscuits. We share our life with two cats, lots of wildlife and a great rural outlook.
I can work flexibly, from clients' premises (if you want bums on seats), but if distance is an object, we can get by with the wonders of Skype and Google Hangouts. I can work for people all over NZ and Australia; indeed, I have a few clients I have never met in person.
I have 25 years' experience in various fields of software. No wait, 26, er, 28. Does it matter? Anyway, most of what I have learned, I've forgotten!
For more blow-by-blow details and buzzwords, see my IT CV. And for added excitement, there is the mandatory page of my websites, which is assuredly out of date by the time you read this. I really must find the time.
I've been writing software for, oh, too long, initially for science and engineering applications, but recently all sorts of web applications.
I have worked for local government, large and small companies, and individuals.
Here is my humble collection of tips and tricks which may help someone get out of a sticky position. Some PHP, SQL, SEO and Access is mixed in there.
The NZ Schools database used information from the Ministry of Education, and adds map displays.
Search by decile, category, location and type, and see a map of the results. This may help you house-hunting and allowing for travel to school. All my PHP.