Who I Am

My name is John Barham. Wombat Software is the registered name of my business. I’m a software engineer based in Maidstone, Victoria, Australia, in Melbourne’s inner west.

I have 20+ years of industry experience underpinned by an Honours B. Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, the top university in Canada.

What I Do

I combine a strong technical background with the ability to design, develop, and deploy reliable, performant and user-friendly applications to production from scratch.

My primary technical expertise is Django web application development and high performance distributed systems development in Go (aka Golang) and/or Python. I have also developed embedded and desktop applications.

I built and operate the following SaaS products:

For examples of source code that I've written see my open source projects at my GitHub profile, including:

For more details about my skill set and work history see my resume.

Why Hire Me

I have a lengthy track record of designing and developing complex software systems that have been used in production 24/7 and have helped to deliver millions of dollars in value.

Highlights of my career include:

How I Work

Having worked in many roles—developer, team lead, contractor, SaaS product bootstrapper—I’m comfortable communicating with management, end users and customers, and collaborating with specialists in sales, marketing, graphic design and front-end development.

For technical collaboration I’m familiar with tools such as GitHub, GitLab and Jira. For project management and communication I’ve used tools like Basecamp, Trello, Slack and Microsoft Teams.

My Rates

My rate is $1200/day for contracts up to six months, $1000/day for longer contracts.

Contact Me

To contact me about my availability, please email john@wombatsoftware.com or call my mobile at 0426 973 424. You can also connect with me via my LinkedIn profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answer to the following questions is “yes”: