C.V. - Damian Connolly
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From Ireland, currently living in Bordeaux, France
- Groovy (Java)
- Dart (Flutter)
- AS3 (Flash)
- PHP (moderate)
- Unix (moderate)
- ASP (basic)
- GLSL (basic)
- HLSL (basic)
- Visual Studio Code
- Flash Develop
- Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator...)
- Git (using an client obviously - I'm not that mad)
- SVN (for when Git does something stupid)
Check out my Projects section for some game and code examples
Senior Back-End Engineer
Spendesk - Bordeaux (remote), France
Jan 2023 - Present
At Spendesk, I'm in the Onboarding team, tasked with improving the self-onboarding customer flow to help transition Spendesk from Sales Led Growth to Product Let Growth.
Lead Development Engineer
TripleFun/Betclic - Paris/Bordeaux, France
Apr 2013 - Jan 2023
At TripleFun, I was responsible for leading the development of our client- and server- side technology. On the client-side, I developed our in-house engine in 3 different languages targeting different platforms over the last 5 years; AS3, Objective-C, and C# (Unity). On the server-side, I handled the continuing development of our server engine.
I was also responsible for the architecture of our games - as the majority of which were real-time multiplayer, this encompasses both client and server. Communication was based on an in-house lib developed over raw sockets. I managed the production releases via AWS.
As well as that, I handled:
- Research into platforms and new technologies
- Rapid prototyping of new game ideas and concepts
- Update and upkeep of our staging environment
- Development of in-house tools (e.g. level and data editor for the Microgolf games)
- Admin tools for our games (private website that lets us view and edit pretty much all in-game and player data)
- Statistics for game data (MongoDB - gather, parse & query, display data in lovely graphs and tables for further action)
- Analysis and parsing of event analytics
- Player support
Currently released games:
- MicroGolf Masters - iOS - Android
- MicroGolf Challenge - iOS - Android (no longer available, as MicroGolf Masters is the preferred game)
- Duelo - iOS - Android
- MicroGolf - iOS (no longer available, as MicroGolf Challenge is the preferred game)
- Save Bob! - iOS
- Stars - iOS
- Permüt - a quiz game for iOS and Facebook - iOS
When TripleFun merged with Betclic, my focus shifted more towards prototype and app development. The main technologies used were TypeScript and Serverless for the backend, and Unity/Flutter (Dart) for the frontend. I helped develop a number of games and internal projects and prototypes.
Lead Development Engineer
Qozmo (ex. Village Media) - Paris, France
May 2010 - Feb 2013
At Qozmo, I was responsible for leading a small team of developers and developing single and multiplayer games for both our web portal and Facebook. Games are developed with a mix of Actionscript 3 and Groovy (a layer on top of Java).
For Buzzville.com, our casual portal:
- A redesign of the site
- 9 grid-style games (click to uncover a grid square to maybe win a prize)
- Happy Hour - a more in-depth grid game
- A Yams (Yahtzee) game
- L'Aéroport en Folie (Crazy Airport) - a fast, timed game matching luggage to customers
- Multiple prototypes to test new games/features
For Facebook, I designed and developed the core architecture - client and server - of our real-time multiplayer game Krisgard (think Pokémon mixed with MMO). Aside from the base of the project, my main area of focus was on the combat; the first version of which was a turn-by-turn, which then evolved into a real-time affair. Players could take part in 1v1 up to 3v3 (PVE & PVP), or any combination within. I was also focused on optimisation, eventually allowing for the possibility of playing the game at 60fps (unnecessary, but always nice to know that you can do it ;)).
As well as that, I developed:
- The AS3 engine used in all our games
- A library to read/convert messages to and from our server technology (Java/Groovy)
- A Facebook AS3 Graphi API lib (before the official version became available)
- An AS3 Iso library (beating the performance of the public AS3IsoLib library)
- Multiple tools built using Adobe AIR:
- One for creating data for Krisgard
- One for scheduling maintenance and broadcasting to players currently online
- One for checking the integrity of all the Krisgard data files (allowing us to catch bugs such as those from missing links between entities, images, localisation etc)
- One for editing MongoDB
Ubisoft - Paris, France
July 2008 - May 2010
I worked in GEEA team (Gameplay Engineering and Entertainment Analysis) at the main HQ in Paris. My roles were R&D, gameplay prototypes, controls and user experience.
Some of the areas that I worked under included: rapid prototyping using a Lua based 3D engine; prototyping gameplay for 3D cameras and later Kinect; some R&D on Playstation Move; and concept development and brainstorming with the design firm IDEO.
My final projects were focused on creating games for Facebook using Flash. I developed a framework (later released internally as an "opensource" project) for developing Flash games which was used by a number of the studios inside Ubisoft, and I was the lead on a small excellent team that designed and developed 2 prototypes to explore different possible gameplay.
Stainless Games - Isle of Wight, UK
October 2007 - June 2008
At Stainless Games, I was responsible for gameplay and general programming for short titles for the Xbox360 Live Arcade and PC. I've worked on Happy Tree Friends for SEGA, and on a Magic:The Gathering title for Wizards of the Coast.
PIXELSOUP - Dublin, Ireland
July 2005 - October 2007
At PIXELSOUP I was responsible for designing, creating, and publishing websites, applications, CD-ROMs, and print work. This often involved meeting and working directly with clients, as well as working under supervision or on my own initiative. I have worked on a number of high profile and international projects, including: Connacht Gold, Dimpco, Fingal County Enterprise Board, Healthcare21, Limerick County Enterprise Board, and PolarLake. Part of my job was to focus on creating standards-compliant, accessible websites. I was also involved in a small part in the day-to-day running of the company while in Ireland.
Break For The Border - Dublin, Ireland
January 2004 - January 2006
At Break For The Border, I was working in sales, public relations, and partly management. I also created digital advertising features for constant public display, as well as preliminary development of platform for synchronised delivery of images and advertising to multiple digital projectors using Adobe Flash and socket-servers.
An Poc Fada - Monaghan Ireland
December 2001 - December 2003
Worked as bar staff member, serving drinks and dealing with the public. Was full-time employed over during the summer months and enjoyed extended responsibility therein.
MSc. Computer Game Programming - University of Hull, England
Sept 2006 - Sept 2007
Overall Result: Distinction (72.1)
Semester 3 Results
Semester 2 Results
|Simulation and Concurrency||80|
|Games Programming and AI||79|
Semester 1 Results
|C++ Programming and Design||74|
|Real-Time Computer Graphics||69|
|Games Development Architecture||57|
BSc. Multimedia - Dublin City University, Ireland
2001 - 2005
Leaving Cert - St. Macartan's College, Monaghan, Ireland
1995 - 2001
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Hobbies / Interests
- Reading - I mostly read fantasy/fiction, but I also have a penchant for history, ancient or otherwise. Favourite authors include Terry Pratchett, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, James S.A. Corey, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Joe Abercrombie
- Computer Games - Final Fantasy VII is the game that single handedly got me into video games. Amazingly enough (whodathunkit?), working in games doesn't leave a whole pile of time to actually play any, so I mostly buy bundles from the Humble Indie Bundle or Steam in the hope that one day, sometime in the future. Hopefully, before I die
- Coding - Evidently I enjoy coding. Both games and programs. Not having a huge amount of free time, I'm probably most productive around game jam season or making tools. I'm currently working on a multi-game Node.js server for a gaming website.
- Music - Can't say no to a good choon
- Sport - My sport of choice these days if football, with swimming coming a strong second, but to be honest I'll play pretty much any sport
- Writing - Check out my author website
- Poker - Tournaments entered to date: 2, Tournaments won to date: 1
- Irish driver's licence
- Completed the Bronze Gaisce award - the President's award for young people. This is important if you're 15 years old
- Obtained the R.L.S.S. lifeguard qualification so don't be afraid to drown in front of me
- Qualified Salarié sauveteur secouriste du travail (SST); an employee that's qualified to provide first aid, so don't be afraid to have an accident in front of me
- Treasurer, then P.R.O. Officer, of DCU Swimming Club
- I speak French. French people even understand it
- Did I mention that I've written some books?