Roger Helliwell is a software developer/consultant based in Ottawa, Ontario and founder of RandyDesign
. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on a wide range of projects -- from small freeware and shareware Windows applications, to large enterprise-class systems.
Recently, Roger upgraded his skills by completing the Diploma of Technology program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) -- specializing in Technical Programming. After graduating in May 2004, Roger focused his energies on building web-applications and distributed systems in C# and .NET.
Roger started working with UBC, MAPGAC, NRCAN, and the rest of the Phoenix team in September of 2004. Their goal: to design and build a geo-spatially enabled, web-based, collaboration and decision support system. Over the past four years, Roger has developed and coded a large chunk of what Phoenix is today -- from the database tables and stored procedures to the Xml web services and web pages. You can view the latest build here: http://ctp.geosemantica.net
and here: http://beta.koomb.com
In 2007, Roger founded RandyDesign
a small software development company providing technical support for existing Phoenix users, and customized development for those that require additional features.
Roger enjoys keeping up with the ever-changing developments in the IT world. He prefers "back-end" programming and designs and fine-tunes databases and data-warehouses in his spare time. And although Roger uses existing technology to his advantage while coding, he is very proud of the fact that he has never once uttered the word "leverage" -- unless of course he is hoisting a heavy washing machine up the basement stairs and needs more of it.
Roger is married and has two small boys that keep us very, very busy!