About me

My name is Len Holgate and I’m a programmer who is currently specialising in server-side C++ on Windows. I worked in investment banking in London for several years before switching to working for clients directly from my office in Guildford, Surrey.

Since around 2001 I’ve been building high performance, scalable server systems for clients using The Server Framework, a set of C++ libraries that are available for licensing in source code form and which provide a quick and easy way to build complex server systems.

This blog is where I write about C++ development and general technical issues, though in the past it was slightly less focused. I have a Rust specific blog at https://len-learns-rust.com where I am playing around with Rust and making public mistakes as I learn; I find I learn best this way.

In my spare time I used to write embedded assembly language and was attempting to build a robot from scratch rather than from kits. I was chronicling my journey of discovery over at my l’Hexapod blog, but then my family grew and my spare time dwindled…

If you’re interested in me doing some consulting or custom development for you then do get in touch. I’m usually happy to quote a fixed price and I pride myself in delivering bug free systems. Browse my blog for details of how I work and examples of the kind of code I write and if you’d like a more formal CV then simply drop me an email or connect with me on LinkedIn, where you can also see details of my clients and read what they think of me.

Whilst I prefer to work from my office on fixed price contracts I’m pretty flexible.

You can contact me at Len.Holgate@JetByte.com and follow me on Twitter.

When I’m not in front of a computer I like to run, cycle, skate, climb, ski and build and paint Warhammer figures with my sons.