Lee Tudor is a co-founder of Web Applications UK and our Technical Director but other than that, he’s something of a mystery. So what’s Lee really like? I tried to find out…
Along with Gordon, Lee founded Web Applications UK in September 2000 out of a desire to do their own thing and create something great. Over time Lee has come to realise that the best thing about starting this business is not the software, but the positive impact he’s been able to have on people’s lives. To give people jobs and to see how they develop and improve is what really makes it worthwhile for Lee these days.
His role has changed over time too. Originally he was the main programmer of the business, writing the entire first version of Traveller from scratch. Nowadays our systems are so sophisticated and made up of such a huge code base that it’s not possible for Lee to write everything himself. Lee’s focus is now on architecting our new software, including the current development of TR5.
As the business grew, Lee focused on learning as much as possible on SQL. He’s now the go-to guy for any form of SQL problem and is commonly referred to as a SQL genius. Unbeknownst to him, Lee was even quoted in Joe Celko’s book ‘SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming’. Celko shared one of Lee’s tips for performance optimisation. Yes Webbies, you are in the presence of published greatness!
Alternating between Craig’s .NET and Lee’s SQL training, every Tuesday we host lunchtime sessions at The Centre of Excellence. Lee acquired his SQL knowledge through researching, reading and studying over a long period and he’s still learning all the time. With a trainer like him where he’s at now, Lee tells me it would have been infinitely quicker and easier to reach his current level. This drives Lee to share his knowledge and his training sessions have been consistently popular.
Having three sons under the age of 10, Lee’s children keep him busy most of the time. But when he gets chance, Lee is a serious gamer. Anything from board games to video games, strategy games to role playing games – at the moment, he’s really into Warhammer 40,000. Lee even created his own game, Interstellar War, with Services Manager, Rob. It was only a hobby but it was actually pretty successful in its heyday and had some truly hardcore fans!
Lee’s goals for the future are already getting underway. He’d like to see Web Applications go truly global – currently in working progress. Delivering some SQL courses at The Centre of Excellence is also an aspiration of Lee’s. With his expert SQL knowledge and training delivery skills honed by The Centre of Excellence’s Managing Director, Alan, I think it’s safe to say that this one’s close to being realised too.
As a final note, I’ll leave you with this: Lee’s hidden talent is being able to turn his eyelids inside out. After witnessing it myself, I can confirm that this is as curiously gruesome as it sounds!