Jacob
Jay
Jacob Jay

Peripatetic British designer, full-stack developer and entrepreneur.
      Specialising in web application architecture and user-experience.

33 Architecture projects

B2B Rental Marketplace for UK Enterprise

Bring an existing business and its processes online and up-to-date using a marketplace mediating with third-party suppliers.

Innovations

  • Multiple pricing and comission models to support both owned assets and third-party assets
  • Per-class (category, product or variant) cascading inherited attributes, with ancestor and descendant overrides providing a variety of ways to control how suppliers add new items and values
  • Mediated messaging, with client-supplier messaging relayed through an operator
  • Supplier auctioning with deferred (countdown) booking assignments in cases of unknown availability
  • Collection options using geolocation
  • Flexible delivery class calculations assignable per-category and postcode
  • Geographical search ranking availability of items with delivery constraints
  • Ability for an operator to easily swap their CMS view to that of a supplier (delegate authentication) when handling operations by telephone

Features

  • Categorised product (and variant) listings with search
  • Bespoke CMS handling categories, products and their variants with dynamic attributes
  • Booking functionality (not calendared)
  • CMS and API for suppliers
  • Mobile app with push notifications and messaging for suppliers and customers
  • Multi-device and multi-role authentication and notification settings
2014 — Architecture, Web, E-commerceSummary ↓
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Estate agency SaaS for duHome

Provide a customisable website for estate agencies.

Innovations

  • Fuzzy-logic search, gradually widening search criteria scope when not enough matching results are found, i.e. for every non-matching input criteria a corresponding potentially acceptable criteria would be used instead such as 1 bathroom instead of 2, with these criteria being colour-coded (match versus near-match).
  • Comprehensive type-ahead search using multiple sources of data (names, telephones, locations, emails, prices), removing need for time consuming paging of adminstrative list views to find relevent records.
  • Use of geohash indexes for high-performance geospatial property search.
  • Use of deferred slideshow loading to improve performance and usability (almost unheard of at the time, most solutions simply advancing to to half-downloaded images on a timer, or attempting to download all upon page load despite potentially not subsequently showing them).

Features

  • Customer-facing functionality including geographic search and display of properties with mapping and slideshow
  • Agent functionalities including search, management of properties
  • Agency-owner functionality including customisation and configuration of website, and management of agents
  • Support for multiple agency locations per site, and agents per-agency
  • Activitiy streams with messaging and notifications for each agency, agent and property
  • Signup for new agencies (clients) with a default name-derived subdomain
  • Automatic geo-location and address completion when adding properties
  • Image upload and optimisation for slideshows
  • Email notifications when agents are not active on site
  • Property owner CRM with agent association
  • Editable print view with QR code for window display
  • Utilisation of Moonstalk's internationsalistion, geospatial data, type-ahead search, and notification features
2011 — Conception, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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Moonstalk for The Moon Mill

Open-source web development framework and hosting stack using Lua.

Features

  • Automated filesystem to URL mapping for sites and applications, with no configuration necessary before use (including web server)
  • Includes a bespoke low-latency NoSQL database which shares the web application environment and functions, whilst also supporting a task queue with seperate processes
  • Internationalisation and localisation including handling for plurals and GeoIP
  • Best-practice handling of script-loading, CDN assets, canonical tags, addressing, salted passwords, microcaching, deployment (via dCVS), etc.
  • Many supplementary applications providing functionality ranging from calendaring to geospatial search

Links

2010 — Conception, Server, APISummary ↓
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Marketplace for Verse

SaaS platform for small independant retailers, with a focus on curation and provenance, including product blogs and stock-control.

Innovations

  • Customisable magazine style multi-product 'display' layouts, using an impactful large format image tagged with the products, with their data (price, links) automatically populated.
  • Uncluttered single product layouts with clear call to actions and availability.
2009 — Design, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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ProfileConnect Gateway API for Verse

Abstract API methods from across multiple third-party prodivders into a normalised set of methods for use by clients with either intermediary gateways or end service providers.
Function
API

Innovations

  • Unlike the MediaSock specification which concerns itself with only endpoints (client and server), this specification attempts to deal predominantly with intermediaries (gateways), yet also still offers endpoint functionality. Thus its methods might be used alongside existing API methods fufilling specific functions (whether provider-specific, or generic such as MediaSock), or in a completely-abstract manner on their own to fufil the same functions. However in such an abstract manner the method naming does not reveal the functionality offered by a provider, as compared to non-abstract APIs, instead it must be discovered using introspection, or hard-coded relying upon established behaviours or assumptions.

Links

2008 — Conception, Server, APISummary ↓
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API Gateway for Pixelpipe

An API gateway server accepting media uploads from clients using a wide variety of supported APIs, and re-broadcast them to well over 50 different service providers.

Innovations

  • Deferred batching to accept multiple uploads over a configurable timeframe, and then re-broadcast them together as an album or single blog post after no more items had arrived (instead of individually upon arrival).
  • Utilisation of special 'routing' tags, allowing uploaded media to be dispatched to specific accounts or groups of accounts simply using a tag, thus avoiding the need for specific client routing UI, and instead using a client's native tagging UI.

Features

  • Prioritised image processing queue with service provider connection constraints
  • Service provider error aggregation and reporting to quicly idenitfy and prioritise API issue resolution with destination service providers
  • Support for multitudinous client upload APIs including metaweblog and Flickr, which with DNS spoofing enabled official clients to be used with the server
  • Bespoke upload applications and Plug-ins including iPhone, Aperture, Windows Live Gallery and integration with Nokia share
  • Support for hosting uploads directly on the service, including views for user streams, albums and individual photos
2008 — Management, Server, PhotoSummary ↓
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Submission Utility for iView / Microsoft

Batch image transfer application for professional photographers using MediaPro / ExpressionMedia and submitting to third-party service providvers such as Alamy, Corbis and Getty Images, following specific procedures. Rearchitected based on several previously developed provider-specific application, to utilise generic behaviours with provider specific plugins.
Function
Photo

Innovations

  • Unique cross-platform provider plugins, deployed with a single download and simply double-clicked to install. Easily constructed plugins using ZIP packaging with XML provider configuration and platform-specific processing scripts.
  • Clicking an item in the validation checklist selects it in the media catalogue for correction.
  • Automatically re-validates after corrections are made.

Features

  • Support of submission via disc (postal) or FTP.
  • Report generation for printing when submitting via disc.
  • Conditional metadata validation and review.
2007 — Development, Desktop, PhotoSummary ↓
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PictureSync Website for Verse

Seperate site with service-provider/affiliate specific branding and downloads via referrer or argument.
Function
API

Innovations

  • Ability to serve a ready-to-use service-provider specific download, hiding the other supported providers from the user.
2007 — Design, Web, APISummary ↓
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Social Networking Site for Indivibe

Design and build a nightlife events publishing and social networking site with regional versions.

Features

  • Photo upload with user, location and event galleries
  • Location and user profiles with public and private messaging
  • Friending with reciprical relationship indication ('strength')
  • Simple colour-coordinated navigation
  • Options to feature/hilight photos and sponsored events/locations
  • Watermarked photos
2006 — Development, Web, SocialSummary ↓
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Aperture Plug-In for Digital Railroad

Upload images from Aperture via FTP.
Function
Photo

Innovations

  • Utilised a two component architecture, a plugin gathered metadata, and a seperate standalone application performed the FTP uploads, progress feedback, finishing by updating Aperture's metadata status fields. This architecture was beneficial to avoid blocking the modal Aperture plugin architecture, and additionally allowed the standalone application to handle uploads from other applications, including via Drag and Drop.

Features

  • Ability to perform additional exports from Aperture and have them appended to an existing upload
  • Saves upload status back to Aperture after upload
  • Minimised (menubar) progress view
2006 — Development, Desktop, PhotoSummary ↓
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PictureSync Windows Application for Verse

Modernise the architecture and UI of PictureSync for a new Windows application.
Function
Photo Video API

Innovations

  • Optimised service addition and sign-in UI, including transparent post web authentication token retrieval (e.g. OAuth) using a simple 'becomes frontmost' check
  • First application to upload both image data and annotations
  • First application to interface between both multiple applications and multiple web services
  • Comprehensive abstractions for web service behaviours with modular service plugin architecture including per-plugin version checking
  • Co-branded builds with default sign-in prompts for service providers using an automated build system, and with provider-specific statistics (via a private website login)
  • Only application to be able to upload images and then later sync the annotations (e.g. via Flick API)
  • Only application to employ database-free metadata via file system extended attributes (i.e. for service upload IDs)
  • Transparent licence activation after purchase on website

Features

  • Integral image and metadata manipulation functions
  • Support for multiple disparate web-service APIs for uploads with an aggregate progress UI
  • Interfaces with the file system and external applications to collect data, including support for standards-based emebedded IPTC/XMP and XMP sidecar files for annotations

Links

2006 — Conception, Desktop, PhotoSummary ↓
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MediaSock Client Framework for Verse

Abstraction framework for media-sharing web-services, utilising loadable modules, and a flexible properties architecture.
Function
Photo Framework API

Innovations

  • First library to enable use of common code and functionality with disparate service providers.
  • Simultaneous classed data and string handling (suitable for AJAX-type web server deployment scenarios as well as desktop).
  • Was deployed on a Flex server platform, and in a .NET desktop application.

Features

  • Standardised functionality: list/make albums, list/download/upload media.
  • Initially available with modules for Webshots, Flickr, and Yahoo! Photos.
  • Session saving (service dependant).

Links

2006 — Conception, Server, PhotoSummary ↓
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Digital Railroad Uploader for iView / Microsoft

FTP image upload application interfacing with iView MediaPro and providing metadata validation via a simplified workflow.
Function
Photo

Features

  • Included bespoke installer for Windows version
  • Metadata validation and file conversion procedures to match DRRs requirements before upload to the server
  • Destination FTP folder selection
2006 — Development, Desktop, PhotoSummary ↓
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Mac Uploader Application for Gekko Images

Develop an uploader for a stock-photo service to replace an existing partially automated system of AppleScripts and a multi-step web interface, with a fully automated single-step solution.
Function
Photo

Features

  • Transfers images and metadata from iView MediaPro catalogs to website, transparently through serveral verification and data transfer steps.
2006 — Development, Desktop, PhotoSummary ↓
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MediaSleeve API for Verse

Define a specification by which online content providers such as radio streams, may provide metadata (e.g. album covers, song details) to client applications.
Function
API

Links

2005 — Conception, Server, APISummary ↓
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MediaSock Protocol for Verse

Lightweight service discovery protocol and web-service API to facilitate handling a user's media assets.
Function
API

Innovations

  • clients can utilise service discovery not only check with a low cost (i.e. via HTTP HEAD) if a provider supports the protcol, but also what methods and characteristics are supported by that provider (interoperability between clients and servers is notably not guarenteed by the protocol)
  • designed from the outset for easy implementation by service providers; could be implemented simply atop existing page forms, using existing cookies for authentication and utilising other common API methods instead of requiring new implementations

Features

  • choice of implementation models for service providers
  • fixed-string XML and values allow parsing of responses without requiring a heavyweight XML parser

Links

2005 — Conception, Server, APISummary ↓
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Folio Concept for Verse

Product concept, branding and website for professionally-oriented photo portfolio service.

Innovations

  • SaaS with SSL on MivaScript
  • Flexible CSS boxes with custom edge and corner frames
  • Research on hosting latencies for optimal single-location US deployment across metro areas

Features

2005 — Design, Web, PhotoSummary ↓
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Website for Verse

Mac software publisher
Function
API

Innovations

  • Combined version tracking and licence verification protocol (between webserver and desktop application), with an entirely web-based activation procedure (transparent licence key) [see the blog]

Features

  • Purchasing integration with PayPal
  • Software licence generation and activation
  • Software version tracking and usage reporting
2004 — Design, Web, APISummary ↓
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Customer Satisfaction Survey for Romec


Features

  • User authentication and registration with assignment of multiple surveys
  • Data capture forms in multiple parts with user-specific variations
  • Dynamic reporting (employing logical filters), and Excel-compatable export",
  • innovations = "Modular storage and analysis code base, - extensible, reusable and configurable (via plain text file)
  • Recursive analysis (comparison between results)
2004 — Layout, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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PictureSync Mac Application for Verse

Batch upload annotated images to web services
Function
Photo Video API

Innovations

  • Optimised service addition and sign-in UI, including transparent post web authentication token retrieval (e.g. OAuth) using a simple 'becomes frontmost' check
  • First application to upload both image data and annotations
  • First application to interface between both multiple applications and multiple web services
  • Comprehensive abstractions for web service behaviours with modular service plugin architecture including per-plugin version checking
  • Co-branded builds with default sign-in prompts for service providers using an automated build system, and with provider-specific statistics (via a private website login)
  • Only application to be able to upload images and then later sync the annotations (e.g. via Flick API)
  • Only application to employ database-free metadata via file system extended attributes (i.e. for service upload IDs)
  • Transparent licence activation after purchase on website

Features

  • Integral image and metadata manipulation functions
  • Support for multiple disparate web-service APIs for uploads with an aggregate progress UI
  • Interfaces with the file system and external applications to collect data, including support for standards-based emebedded IPTC/XMP and XMP sidecar files for annotations
  • Fullscreen view

Links

2004 — Conception, Desktop, PhotoSummary ↓
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Works Access Authorisation for DigiPlex

Migrate a paper-based business process management system to the web.

Features

  • Fully integrated system with multiple views (manager, reception, contractor) providing process filing and review mechanisms (with per-report activity log)
  • Document upload facility
  • User registration and authentication
  • Multiple languages",
  • innovations = "Streamlined the original paper-based process by elminating duplicated data, employing cross-referencing and implementing a status based approval process.
2004 — Architecture, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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OnDeck Mac Application for Verse

View iTunes track artwork and upload to a website
Function
Music Photo

Innovations

  • Use of variables for configuring metadata preferences
  • Creation of JPEG artwork from iTunes PICT wrapper
  • First application to provide artwork upload

Features

  • Locates artwork from disk, or extracts from iTunes
  • Integrated Last.fm scrobbling

Links

2003 — Conception, Desktop, MusicSummary ↓
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Continuity Management System for DigiPlex

Online best-practice incident reporting procedure automation for a datacentre.

Features

  • Forms guiding a user through the incident reporting process, including providing multiple points of contact according to availability
  • Backend databases and administration for locations, contacts (multiple internal and external roles, with individual calendar-based availability and regional holidays)
  • Backend reporting for incidents by location with highest severity identification
  • Email notifications with normal and priority addresses (for SMS)
  • User authentication with anonymous 'SOS' login
  • Multi-language support
2002 — Development, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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Website for Information Facilities Management

Upgrade UK industry portal from basic HTML to a dynamic CMS with subscription-based access.

Innovations

  • Integrated support within the CMS and layouts for topicis, related links and other metadata, enabling extensive cross-referencing between content areas.
  • Login authentication system preventing simultaneous use of accounts and providing usage statistics for identifcation of potential abuse.
  • Winner of multiple Business Services Association awards

Features

  • Migration to dyanmic architecture
  • Implementation of subscription-based access (user and group based)
  • Card payment authorisation system (via gateway)
  • News and features CMS (with enhanced metadata support)
  • Incorporation and adaption of banner system (off the shelf Perl)

Links

2001 — Architecture, Web, E-commerceSummary ↓
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Website for CBX / Sulzer Infra FM / Axima FM

Upgrade of site for service provider.

Innovations

  • Dynamic content selection with fallbacks for overlapping country/language static content employing dynamic URLs and a metadata store
  • Publishing of short video editorials
  • Visitor survey (bespoke aquisition with off the shelf desktop analysis)
  • Automatic what's new feature using the metadata store

Features

  • Heirachical structure for 100+ pages with multiple regions and languages
  • Press area including image gallery, PDF clippings and video editorials
  • Callback request facility
  • Registration-only articles
  • Video
2001 — Design, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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Website for Aspect Education

Redevelop consumer site for international education provider.

Features

  • enrollment forms and cost calculator for courses and locations (200+ combinations with 7,000 dates and further options)
  • CMS with multi-region and language capabilities, for page content, plus news and jobs
  • Course finder (narrows choices through a multi-stage questionaire)
  • Co-branded version for affiliates (distinct logo and contact details)
  • Messaged board
2001 — Architecture, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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Website for UniqueYou

Consumer relationship support site with extensive articles.

Innovations

  • Highlighting of new content and comments only since last visit
  • Online payment aquisition for offline processing using (secured) email

Features

  • Heirachical CMS with multiple content types
  • User authentication with guest, member and subscriber access
  • Card payment aquisition system
  • User comments system (per article)
2001 — Architecture, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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E-Tendering for CBX / Sulzer Infra FM / Axima FM

Auction system for online tendering.
Function
E-commerce

Features

  • CMS for users and auctions
  • Options for unlisted auctions and anonymous bidding
  • Basic auction system with listing, bid history, and place bid function
  • Map UI for direct access to pre-defined regional auctions
2000 — Architecture, Web, E-commerceSummary ↓
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Online Delivery for Building Economics Bureau

Site for data publishing agency with subscription-based access to retreive datasets online.

Innovations

  • generation of repetitive array-processing code during database updates for execution at runtime (providing improved performance)

Features

  • Subscriptions module (usage and time based) for the (seperately developed) WebShop system
  • Backend database import/upload with automated dyanamic ToC-code generation (from hand-formatted Excel export)
  • Browsing of multiple distinct databases via static/dynamic ToC (depending on database structure) and data record page
2000 — Architecture, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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WebShop System for Enigma

Comprehensive modular E-Commerce framework for deployment in various client sites.

Innovations

  • Whilst having similar functionality to Miva Merchant v2 (current at the time of development) this bespoke solution provided extensive options for custom integration. See the other E-commerce projects on here for some specific deployments.

Features

  • Shopping basket and wish-list supporting custom price calculators with multiple input variables
  • Discounts (static and dynamic, from codes or links)
  • Subscriptions (time and useage based)
  • Affiliate tracking
  • User accounts with multiple addresses per-user
  • Product-specific supplementary requirements
  • Distinct order and payment statuses
  • Product availability restrictions (with potential for stock keeping)
2000 — Development, Web, E-commerceSummary ↓
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E-Card for CBX / Sulzer Infra FM / Axima FM

Dispatch system for employees to email Christmas cards.
Function
Social

Features

  • Form to customise card display and select from several company brands, and option to select a charity to make a donation to (per sender)
  • HTML email dispatch with server-side copy in case of viewing problems
  • Logging of senders and recipients
1999 — Architecture, Web, SocialSummary ↓
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Executive Schedule for CBX / Sulzer Infra FM / Axima FM

Concept system for personnel coordination.
Function
Calendar

Features

  • Multi user calendar with event input
  • User authentication and privileges",
  • innovations = "Per-user key-based access to features (e.g. viewing, editing of specific calendars and events)
1999 — Architecture, Web, CalendarSummary ↓
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Website for British Institute of Facilities Management

Stakeholder site for UK industry organisation with 16k users.

Features

  • User authentication and profiles
  • Backend database import and update routines (from MS Access export)
  • Member directory (categorised browsing)
  • Business directory (search and browse, with selective positioning)
  • Staff directory (multiple group memberships)
  • Message board (simple threading and archiving, with email notifications)
  • Job listings (with agency-specific CMS access)
  • Administration functions for all CMS/databases (with ACLs)
  • Document storage/fileshare employing WebDAV upload (with ACLs) and per-user public folders
  • Document library (categorised browsing)
  • Transparent loading of external content (news feed and externally generated pages) into templates
1999 — Architecture, Web, Content ManagementSummary ↓
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