I'm a Theoretical Physics PhD Student based at Lancaster University, United Kingdom. My main area of interest is Quantum Computation and Topological properties of Condensed Matter. My work involves a fair amount of programming, simulating quantum systems.
My main focus in programming is structure. I put a lot of emphasis on using appropriate design patterns and building applications that are designed to be extendible. As a result, my PhD has been fairly fruitful so far: I built a C++ framework for the simulation of quantum systems with "but what if I want to..." in mind, and each new task (or framework requirement) takes very little time to implement, leaving my time spent playing with equations. I use SWIG (Initially Cython) to make my framework accessible to Python3, which I find is much more suited to writing quick simulations, whilst taking advantage the speed benefits of C++. I have written a web-interface to view the outcomes of my simulations, which I find is far more appropriate than the "standard" style of viewing physics simulation results - scrolling through large data files and flicking through directories of images/graphs. Yuck.