Stu Ratcliffe


I am a professional software developer living and working in the East Midlands, UK.

I started university in 2006, and spent 3 years changing degrees and trying out different strands of engineering before I finally found my love for programming and software development in 2009. I graduated in 2013 with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, and have been working as a full-stack .NET developer ever since.

I am always striving to learn more about my chosen profession, so I do spend a lot of my spare time writing software and teaching myself about other technologies (such as Node and React). However, I do have a bit of a life, and so if I'm not coding I'm usually either playing soprano cornet with the Hathern Brass Band, or out walking with my family and two dogs. I do also have a bit of an unhealthy addiction to Game of Thrones! I plan to return to university in the near future to study for an MSc in Cyber Security, but finding the time/funds has so far proven difficult!

I started this blog as I believe I am at the point in my career that I can start to help others learn the same way that I have found so useful in the past. In my opinion blogs are an absolutely vital learning resource for junior and senior developers alike to find the information they need to solve a problem, or just to learn a different way of doing something. I also think that one of the best ways of solidifying my own knowledge and understanding of the features and technologies that I am working with, is to write about and document my experiences. I also welcome feedback, criticism, questions and opinions of other professionals in the discussion section at the end of each post.

At the time of writing this page, I also just happen to be having a play around with the new release of ASP.NET Core, and so creating a live production blog app seemed like a good way of getting to grips with things. So, if you are interested, this website is a .NET core app with a PostgreSQL backend database, all running inside a docker container on ubuntu linux. Very cool!