Julian Foad—Open Source Developer—CV

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email julian@foad.me.uk
[matrix] @julian:foad.me.uk
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Nottingham, UK


Self-Employed (contractor)

Apache Subversion maintenance & support, 2016 – Present

Diagnosing and fixing Subversion problems, for WANdisco and their customers.

link to Assembla.com


Subversion Senior Software Engineer, – 2020

SAAS integration with git and svn: Ruby middle layer -> Protobufs/NATS/GRPC -> C++ back-end calling libgit2 and libsvn.

Open-source development of features in Subversion.

Leading changes in the FOSS community: switching Subversion to a time-based and faster release schedule; shifting focus to maintenance.

FOSS release management: Subversion releases 1.10.0 through 1.13.0.

Private experiments in removing performance bottlenecks in svn.

link to Apache Subversion

Apache Subversion

Full Committer, – Present

link to The Apache Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation

Member, – Present

link to WANdisco.com

WANdisco, Inc.

Senior Subversion Committer,

Working at all times within the open-source community in collaboration with employees of other companies and many volunteers, my remit was to develop Apache Subversion in whatever direction I thought best.

My first main focus was on improving Subversion’s merge tracking: I developed the “automatic” or “symmetric” merging mode which helped to unify the previous “sync” and “reintegrate” merging modes. This was released in Subversion v1.8 (http://subversion.apache.org/docs/release-notes/1.8.html#auto-reintegrate).

My second main focus was researching how to provide rename (or move) tracking in Subversion.

I also assisted the customer support team on request with difficult issues such as repairing corrupted repositories, and helped them interface with the open-source community such as advising how best to involve the community on customer-requested features and bug fixes.

link to Collab.Net

CollabNet, Inc.

Software Engineer,

Subversion open-source developer. In a similar role to that at WANdisco, I worked mostly on making Subversion detect conflicting tree changes (such as when one user edits a file and another user deletes or moves the same file). The result of this work was released in Subversion v1.6 (http://subversion.apache.org/docs/release-notes/1.6.html#tree-conflicts) and documented in The Subversion Book (http://svnbook.red-bean.com/en/1.6/svn.tour.treeconflicts.html).

link to Sepura.com

Sepura, plc.

Senior Software Engineer,

Migration of version control system from CVS-based to Perforce. Embedded software in two-way radios.

logo of Satchwell

Satchwell Control Systems, Ltd.

Principal Software Engineer,

Embedded networking software in the Building Management System.

Building gateways to third-party systems such as fire alarm control panels, door card access controllers, lighting, heating, and air conditioning controllers for a Building Management system.

Developing a network transport layer based on UDP/IP, including multicast, to replace a proprietary one.

Hobby Electronics

1980s – 1990s

Making peripheral interfaces for my Z80-based home computers: SCSI to connect a hard disk, PCM sound, Real-Time Clock, RS232 serial. Designing, building, writing drivers, writing applications.


link to University of Southampton

University of Southampton

MEng (with merit), Information Engineering,