Daryl has a diverse set of skills having performed the roles of system administrator, database administrator and developer during his career. This classical background gave Daryl the foundation he now uses as a Senior Spatial Developer. Daryl's primary focus is the development of solutions involving the Esri ArcGIS platform.
What made you decide to become a GIS developer?
Becoming a GIS developer was not in my original career plans. However, in 2009 the company at which I worked at the time, had a contract with the local municipality to perform GIS development. With staff loss there was no-one else and I was sent in to perform damage control. This became the career changing opportunity that catapulted me into GIS.
What did you do before joining Abley?
Originally from South Africa, my first role in New Zealand was with Geographic Business Solutions as a GIS developer/consultant. My role in South Africa was with Esri South Africa. There I used both database and development skills as I fulfilled the roles of geodatabase administrator and developer.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The constant and varying challenges of embracing the various development opportunities that the GIS space provides. Each opportunity is unique, and I have even been involved with non-Esri GIS development.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
The Esri development platform provides a plethora of API’s and SDK’s for which to develop solutions. The most challenging thing is to ensure that the correct API’s and SDK’s are used appropriately together with correct development patterns and practices to craft the ideal solution.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
Between 2014 and 2016 Esri South Africa developed two solutions to assist local municipalities with land management. One was a Town Planning System and the other was a Building Plans Management System. I was involved with architecting and developing both solutions.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy mountain biking, gym and spending time with my family.