About me

I'm Nigel Whitfield, the author of Build Your Own Android App, and creator of the Type Attack app to go with it.

I've been writing for the UK technology press since 1991, including a stint as editor of Computer Buyer, before going freelance in 1995.

Since then I have written for a wide range of titles, and worked as a freelance section editor on some of them too - for many years I was responsible for the Hands On section of Personal Computer World, where I also wrote about web development, including a tutorial on PHP spread over several issues. Other titles for which I've written include Mac User, Computer Shopper, PC Plus, The Mac, What PC, Active Home, and Computer Active. Online my work has appeared on The Register as well as the sites of many of the magazines mentioned.

In addition to magazine work, I've written for national titles, including The Independent, and The Times, where I wrote a series of computer tips for a now-defunct Saturday supplement called The Eye.

For several years until 2013, I was one of two series editors for the Computer Active Ultimate Guides, responsible for editing and commissioning these monthly titles, each dedicated to a single topic. My two published books include "The Official AOL UK Handbook" (2001), and "AOL: Email and More" (2002)

Besides writing and editing, I code and manage online communities, including one of the UK's earliest LGBT discussion forums, which I created in 1990, the Toppy.org.uk site and forum for Topfield PVR users in the UK, since 2006 and since 2009 have been responsible for BLUF, another community site for gay men.

More about my work can be found at www.nigelwhitfield.com and my digital TV and technology blog is called Gone Digital.