Tony Ibbs


I am an experienced programmer and toolsmith, with particular skills in Python and C. I write clear, easy to maintain code. I am adaptable, interested in and able to take on new fields and skills as necessary. I am self motivated, enthusiastic, able to work independently or as part of a team, and have good communication skills.

I have active skills in:
Python (since 1994), Flask, REST, shell scripting (Unix and Windows), revision control systems (including svn, hg, git, Perforce), Vim.
and significant past experience with:
C (1988-2014) and C++, cross-compilation toolchains, embedded Linux (x86, MIPS, ARM), Busybox, Java (including JNI), TeX/LaTeX, Bacula (backup system). [X]Emacs, Eclipse, XML and XML-Schema, object-oriented database design and implementation.

I have experience with national and international standards, both in creating and using them. I have experience working within a successful ISO 9001 (TickIt) accredited system.


From 1980 to 2003 I worked for Laser-Scan in digital cartography, or GIS (geographical information systems) as it became. Some of that time was on secondment to Glasgow University. I was a core developer of Laser-Scan's digital cartographic tools, and acted as technical liaison to OS(GB) and MCE(RE). I was also one of the original three developers of their GIS, introducing and supporting the company's use of C, Emacs and LaTeX, and developing the original storage/persistence modules and many of the core utility modules. I had a particular responsibility for transfer formats, writing support software for many formats, providing general in-house expertise, and acting on several related standards committees. I also consistently acted as a toolsmith, gathering common code into libraries, maintaining documentation and testing systems, generating useful tools, etc.

From 2004 to 2014, I worked in set-top box (STB) and embedded systems development, for SJ Consulting, Amino Communications Ltd. and Kynesim Ltd. Most of my STB work was on TI hardware, both MIPS (AR7) and ARM (DaVinci, Beagleboard, etc.). I worked at all levels, from the initial system integration (writing a serial bootloader and UBL (user bootloader), filesystem design, initial graphics driver support) up to browser integration and functional and continuous integration test support of the final system.

Kynesim also does non-embedded consultancy, and I worked on projects including the Metropolitan Police RAW CCTV Replay system (displaying video from video surveillance systems), and did Python consultancy on scientific instrument user interfaces for TeraView.

Whilst at Kynesim, I administrated and was principal developer on several open-source projects, including muddle, a build system especially aimed at constructing firmware for embedded systems, kbus, a lightweight messaging system for embedded Linux platforms, and tstools, a set of cross-platform command line tools for working with MPEG data.

In 2014 I joined Velocix, part of Alcatel-Lucent and later Nokia, as a Python Developer. Much of my work has been on the REST API for our CDN management backend. I also act as a local Python expert, and as a FOSS advisor.

I helped start the Cambridge Python Users Group (CamPUG) in 2007, and have been running it since.

Full name:Tony John Ibbs