About me

My name is Stuart Leitch. My friends call me Stevie. I’ve been writing software and getting paid for it for about ten years. I mostly enjoy it but I’m occasionally frustrated by it.

I mostly work with Java and associated technologies (JSP, SQL, XML and other TLAs). I currently work in Glasgow for a large health insurance business. My main interests are application security and unit testing.

I wanted to keep a blog for a few reasons. First, I want to clarify a few opinions on how best to develop software and what makes a good software developer (because I’d like to be a good software developer some day). Secondly I want to keep a written record of what I’ve been working on, mistakes I have made and lessons I have learned. I’ve been doing this long enough that I’ve already forgotten lots of useful stuff that I really can’t be bothered learning again. Third, I’d like to exercise my writing muscles which are in some danger of atrophy. I used to do a fair bit of creative writing and quite enjoyed it. It’s a habit I’d like to get into again.

Although I’m keeping this blog primarily for my own benefit, I would hope that it’s of interest and benefit to others and I always welcome comments and criticisms.

My personal website is at www.disasterarea.co.uk