John Dalziel

Time Enthusiast
AWS // JS // DevOps

Phi Digital
photo by Marc Thiele

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Hi, I'm John.

I'm a lifelong technophile and gamer with an enduring interest in the history and mechanics of measuring time. It's been a fascinating and polymathic hobby that has led me to meet many interesting people in curious and unusual places.

For the last 20 years I've worked with web technologies for a variety of studios, startups and ad agencies; most recently, as a DevOps Engineer for HMRC. In the early days of the web I was an active member of the Flash community. Before the web I was a pixel artist in the Atari demoscene and early UK video games industry. These days I'm an aspiring indie hacker and help run our local tech meetup, Worthing Digital.

John Dalziel at the Giant's Causeway


A Brief History of Time Zones and Daylight Saving Time, EMFCamp 2022From zero to website, Get Online Week 2021An introduction to AWS, Megabites 2020Make Your Own Alexa Skill, Worthing Digital 2020Modern Web Application Architectures in AWS, PHP Sussex 2019A Brief History of Leap Seconds, EMFCamp 2018An introduction to AWS, Worthing Digital 2018History of JavaScript, Worthing Digital 201310 Years of FlashMagazine, Flash on the beach 2010The Computus Engine, Open Knowledge Conference 2009Introducing Flash MX, Macromedia 2002


Writer for CreativeJS 2013 - 2014Writer for FlashMagazine 2000-2012Contributing writer, Flash MX Magic New Riders 2002Technical Editor, Flash MX Developer's Guide Osbourne McGraw Hill 2002Technical Editor, Flash MX The Complete Reference Osbourne McGraw Hill 2002