Hi, I'm Colin Phillips.

Most often you'll find me after hours digging endlessly over my latest obsession.
I'm a learning junkie in the sense that I want to consume as much as I can about something that has caught my interest until I rinse and repeat with the next addiction.

I most certainly get this from my father.

In 2019, outside of work this has been fitness and nutrition - having lost just shy of fifty pounds since March.
In the past this has been my saltwater fish tank, crypto, prosumer home-networking, smart home automations, wristwatches, PC building, cameras, home theater, scotch/whiskey and modifying cars.

From a professional perspective, I've been wrapping my head around maintaining and refactoring legacy code bases, design patterns, scalable application architecture, raw speed, scrum and agile project management, team building, cultivating cross-team relationships, mentoring and management as a hands-on tech resource.

From a stack standpoint, I'm focused on .NET / dotnetcore, SQL / optimizations and both monoliths as well as microservices.

In my company the past few years I've been in a management-oriented architectural role, transitioning us to a modern stack and mindset after some critical stabilization and speed enhancements through refactoring, restructuring and re-imagining an older codebase with legacy dependencies.

I work closely with the vision of our CEO and marketing team being both responsive to and influencing strategy while driving technical leadership.
I've become appreciative of the opportunity to being both hands-on as a technical resource while also working largely on business.

Having held a few positions maintaining and upgrading dated code with dozens of collaborators, I was able to newly apply proven modern design patterns, architecture and technology.
This was adapted while training up junior resources on code quality expectations that were repeatable by any member of the team.
A code review - after all, is not an intended measurement of capability (mis-hire) but instead an opportunity to provide insight via language, framework or product knowledge on approach with minor suggestions on technique that overall benefits both parties.

Very soon thereafter we were able to provide stakeholders with measureable results that were found to be quite repeatable and a process was born; we were able to push the boundaries of archaic foundations on a modern stack that left our customers without delay of purchase and conversion rates reflected our efforts.

I was lucky enough to become responsible for our next-generation roadmap that saw several iterations and soon will come to life!

I picked up an interest in reading technical books sometime in 2015 after not appreciating them several years prior back in college.
Here is a list of books I've gone through and would recommend starting with the most recent I've read:

Most often, I end up creating something to familiarize myself with a new technology after-hours so it is much easier to see its benefit on the job.
For work I had quickly spun up a highly available API to serve data from a SQL database and cache in Redis that could handle high volume on a well known online marketplace.
This had given me the opportunity to learn net core 1.x which I loved.
To learn net core 2.0, I built a resume site that encompasses an updateable stack via a boostrap theme.
Some things picked up from this project, find more details under Built With section at the link above.

  • EntitiyFrameworkCore and Migrations against a SQLite database
  • MVC Scaffolding
  • IdentityUser
Recently I've built a few public applications that filled a need.
To elliminate a personal need, I built a highly-available robust notification engine that I use daily build in 2.2.
This gave a chance for using some more features of core MVC and new libraries:
  • Running EntityFrameworkCore against a MySql database on Ubuntu
  • Utilizing Hangfire for recurring and scheduled jobs including their lifecycle
  • Client Secrets
  • Action Filters
  • Background Service with DbContext access via DI
  • Roles and Authorization Handlers
The architecture is very transferable to a large multitude of business needs. Sign up to check progress!