Adam Retter

Status: I returned from Rochester, NY, USA to Exeter, UK in Sept 2017. I am currently experimenting with the Digital Nomad lifestyle whilst finishing a piece of R&D work. I am also available for short-term consultancy, and contract work. I am happy to travel!

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Adam  Retter

Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom


Office (UK): +44 (0)2032 397 236 (redirected via VoIP to my laptop whilst outside the UK)

Mobile (UK): +44 (0)7714 330 069 (Only switched on whilst present in UK)

US numbers are currently redirected to UK numbers, but charged at US rates:

Office (US): +1 917 267-8787

Skype: adam.retter

Tweet: @adamretter


My Curriculum Vitae is available here in PDF, Open Office and Microsoft Word formats.

Any spare time I have at the moment is split between:

  • RocksDB - An Open Source Embedded Key/Value database; I contribute mainly to the Java API.
  • EXQuery - launched at XML Prague 2009. Apart from RESTXQ, I am focusing my resources on EXPath at the moment, once that reaches a suitable stage, I will continue with EXQuery.
  • eXist - An Open Source Native XML Database project; I am one of the core developers.
  • W3C XML Query Working Group; I am an invited expert.
  • Private Contracts and Consultancy - please contact me for further details.

I am currently learning about or improving my skills in:

  • Frege - A Haskell for the JVM.
  • Scala - a functional programming language atop the Java VM.
  • Concurrent Transaction processing and lock-free algorithms.
  • Distributed processing - Akka, Hadoop (Developing the Shadoop framework).
  • Semantic Web technologies - RDF, RDFa, FOAF and OWL. I have started adding RDFa to the pages in this site.
  • Atom - I have started working on delivering an Atom feed from XQuery for my blog, the work in progress can be seen here -