Hey There

My name is Godwin, Michael Godwin for long. I'm a software engineer and web designer currently based in Calgary Alberta, Canada.

I am currently working full-time as a web developer for FLIPP Inc. here in Calgary but I will be starting work at Amazon and relocating to Seattle WA this August.

About Godwin

Born and raised in a small community on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, I had a lot of time on my hands as an adolescent to tinker with an old (new at the time) 486 computer. Eventually I found myself interested in creating my own programs and at the age of 16, instead of asking for keys to the car, I asked for a Borland C++ compiler.

For the next 10 years, software development was a passionate hobby but it wasn't until 2008 that I went back to university to straighten out my many bad habits and focus on a career in software.

I am a very skilled and crafty developer in almost every aspect from low-level programming right up to development with Drupal and other content management systems. However, these days my focus is primarily on higher-level development (you can just get so much more done!) and web design.


I am adept with nearly every commonly used programming and markup language from x86 to .NET, however I in my element with higher level web platforms such as Drupal. Like Grails and Rails, Drupal just takes care of most of the common stuff allowing me spend my time working on the unique aspects of a project.

My CV is Here

I can pick up new languages in a very minimal amount of time, but here are some of the skills I am currently adept with:

Programming languages

  • PHP
  • Java
  • C#/ASP.NET
  • Groovy/Grails
  • jQuery/javascript
  • C++

Markup and related languages

  • HTML 4/5
  • CSS 3
  • LaTeX
  • XML
  • XSLT

Databse Languages

  • MySQL
  • TSQL
  • Postgres

Content Management Systems

  • Drupal
  • Wordpress



Here's a few projects that I've worked on over the past few years:


Bikecollectives.org is a site containing infomation about and resources for bicycle collectives accross the world. Previously the site contained a Joomla install that hadn't been updated in more than five years and had subsequently become infected with malware and overridden by spam. I fixed these problems and designed a new information based site where users are directed to the resources they really need.


Bike!Bike! is an annual international conference for not-for-profit community-based bicycle organizations. The site, which is still under active development, will allow users to create a personal member accout and also register their organization among the hundreds across the world. Organizations in the current year's host city, will be able to administer their conference, allow users to register, and display an advert on the main page.


The BikeRoot is a University of Calgary based DIY bicycle repair and repair education organization. This Drupal website was built to allow the public to learn about what we do but also contains custom Drupal modules which enables a point of sale and member use tracking system.


No updates yet (don't expect many anyhow, I'm not much of a writer).

Contact Godwin

Email me at: shout@thegodwin.ca.

Time permitting (which is the big variable) I'm always game for new projects, especially for socially or environmentally minded groups and organizations. Pricing is relative to the organization's profit range, size of the project, my personal interest and free time, varying anywhere down to free. In addition, if I can't do it, I see if I can recommend another who can; so please don't feel abashed to inquire.