Steve Ngai completed his Higher Diploma in Software Engineering in APU University and earned his Computing degree (with Honours) from the University of Staffordshire. Started out as in-house programmer and developed Inventory system, E-Leave system, Sales Order system, Job Recruitment system. Then shifted to do application support for Cheque Clearing system for central banks (Bank Negara) and some banks. Next few years he gave training software engineering courses at growing vocational school which heavily focus on hands-on coding. Now, he works full-time as software engineer (80% back-end, 20% front-end) in an investment bank using modern technologies. He writes clean and maintainable codes consistently and loves to solve complex problems with 'simple' solution.

Skills / Technologies

Server-Side (Back-End)

Data and Tools (Back-End)

  • RDBMS Database Design and SQL
  • Entity Framework (ORM)
  • JSON
  • XML
  • SQL Server 2019
  • SQL Management Studio 18.5.1
  • PostgreSQL 13
  • pgAmin 4 v4.26
  • DBeaver 7.3.2
  • Stored Procedure
  • SQLite
  • NoSql
  • MongoDb
  • MySQL
  • PHPMyAdmin
  • Db2

Client-side (Front-End)

DevOps and Others

Design Principles / Design Pattern / Software Architecture

  • Restful Web Services
  • Layered Architecture
  • Monolithic Architecture
  • DRY
  • KISS
  • Separation of Concerns - SOC
  • Dependency injection (DI) and Inversion of Control (IoC)
  • Repository pattern with Unit of Work (UOW)
  • Data-centric architecture
  • OO Design Pattern
  • MVC and MVVM

Development/Testing Tools

  • Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio Community
  • Android Studio
  • NetBean
  • Postman

Soft Skills and Other Skills

  • Analytical
  • Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Resource Planning
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Presentation
  • Training
  • Office 365 Business and SharePoint
  • Zoom, Webex
  • Simple video recording and editing
  • Excel Reporting and Charts

Goals 2021

  • Angular
  • Microservice Architecture
  • more Docker
  • devops, CI/CD and clouds
  • more Sass, BEM (Block Element Modifier), Webpack
  • npm scripts
  • more xUnit / NUnit
  • more Functional Programming
  • more Clean Architecture:
  • CQRS Architectural Pattern
  • Event Sourcing Pattern
  • Message Broker. i.e. RabbitMQ

Work Experience (8)

Total years of working experience: 15 years

Total years of working experience in break down:

  • System design and development: 2 years
  • Application support (Level 3): 5 years
  • Educator and training (software engineering courses): 5 years
  • Management: 2 years
  • Others: 1 years
Software Engineer (Mid-Level)
Affin Hwang Investment Bank
August 2020 - now

Affin Hwang Capital is a capital markets group. The business is organised around three principal business areas: Investment Banking (including Treasury & Markets), Securities (including Research) and Asset Management.

  • Reports to Solution Architect. Works with front-end and back-end tech lead and end-users.
  • Successfully developed a service to automate data ingestion process (.NET Core 3.1) to replace one of the services from a monolith legacy system (.NET Framework 4.x). This service will download, extract and import 3600 complex XML files (5Gb total file size) into SQL Server and ElasticSearch. Optimized the processing time from 2 hours to 40 minutes. Database size is 10 Gb.
  • New Application Development: Back-End (80%): C# Web Api, .NET Core 3.1 , Razor Pages, EF Core 3 (SQL Server), Elastic Search, NEST, HealthChecks, Swagger Swashbuckle, Hangfire, Serilog. Front-End (20%): Javascript (ES6), JQuery, Bootstrap, smtp4dev.
  • Existing Application Enhancement: Back-End (100%): C# Web Api, .NET Framework 4.x, .NET Core 3.1 and 2.2, EF Core 3 (SQL Server and PostgreSQL), Swagger Swashbuckle, Hangfire, Serilog, NUnit.
  • Involved in 7 repositories (Commit and push features to 6 repositories. Code review one repository)
  • Others: Ingestion service for ISO 20022 message, Agile, Gitlab, IIS configuration and deployment, Ubuntu, Nginx, Ruby on Rails, use C# to read data from Google Cloud Storage (Google Cloud Platform), LINQ-To-XML, Kibana, peer code review, create system documentation like system flowchart and sequence diagram.
  • Received confirmation letter on 10th December 2020 which effective on 12th December 2020
Software Engineer
August 2020 - now

Trivia projects for personal learning. POC. Mock-ups.

Side projects GitHub repository
Eduvo Sdn. Bhd.
2018 - August 2020
Software Engineer cum Trainer
Eduvo Sdn. Bhd.
June 2015 - August 2020

Eduvo is a vocational school for IT and Business courses. My job scope are:

  • Accomplishment 1: After School Management System implemented, it increases productivity and the reports help management to make better decision.
  • Accomplishment 2: Software engineering students increased by 300%. Graduated students are now working as full-time programmer in software houses.
  • Accomplishment 3: Automated complex school timetable which could generate the complete timetable for all the courses for the entire year where each course is tied to a course lecturer.
  • Design and develop training programme (Prof. Diploma in Software Engineering).
  • Conduct classroom training for software engineering courses: Object-Oriented Programming, Database Design, Web Programming, System Analysis and Design, Data Structure and Algorithm and Software Architecture.
  • Design, developed and maintain School Management System.
  • Lead Education & Operation division.
  • Technology: C# MVC, Entity-Framework (Code-First), SQL, LINQ, Javascript, CSS, HTML.
Software Consultant
BCS Information Systems Pte Ltd
Aug 2008 - Dec 2012

BCS Information Systems is the systems integrator for real-time payment infrastructure for central and commercial banks. My job scope are:

  • Application system support (L2) for cheque clearing banking system.
  • Investigate problems log and reply to customer.
  • Create and update system documentations
  • Fix system bugs and conduct SIT and release fixes.
  • Enhance existing modules.
  • Technology: Java, J2EE, EJB, JSP, VB.NET and DB2 database, SQL.
IT Executive
GuocoLand (Malaysia) Bhd
Jul 2005 - Feb 2007

Guocoland is the property arm of Hong Leong Group. The company is an established property developer in developing community centric residential townships as well as innovative commercial and integrated development projects in Malaysia. My job scope are:

  • Design, develop and maintain intranet, corporate website and intranet application (e-Leave system).
  • Provide technical support and consultancy to end users.
  • IT administration work.
  • Assist IT Manager in carrying out successful implementation and project management of all IT projects.
  • Perform backup and restoration for 3 servers.
  • Technology: Microsoft Classic ASP, SQL, MySQL database
IT Executive
Asli Mechanical Sdn Bhd
Oct 2003 - Jul 2005

Asli Mechanical Sdn Bhd is manufacturer for grilles and diffusers since 1972. My job scope are:

  • Design, develop and maintain internal web application.
  • Window application support and maintain networking for 20 computers.
  • Technology: Microsoft Classic ASP, SQL, MySQL database
Web Developer
City-Link Express Sdn Bhd
Oct 2002 - Oct 2003

City-Link Express is the first courier company in Malaysia. My job scope are:

  • Design, develop and enhance intranet web application and corporate website.
  • Technology: Microsoft Classic ASP, SQL, MySQL database

Future Jobs Preference

  • Status: Open for opportunities (relevant to most of my skillsets)
  • Companies preference: MNC company or financial institutions
  • Technology preference: modern (minimum legacy system)
  • Interview assessment (high preference): any form of technical test (online/offline, close/open book, MCQ/Subjective, knowledge/techincal), take-home assignment
  • Interview assessment (low preference): cognitive test, behavior/personality test
  • Expected salary range: RM 8,000 - RM 10,000
  • Availability: 3 months notice


  • Bachelor in Computing | University of Staffordshire | Year 2001 - 2002
  • Higher Diploma in Software Engineering | University of APU | Year 1998 - 2000





Native language






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  • Tokaido
  • Puerto Rico


  • Futsal
  • Badminton


  • Science Fiction
  • Comedy
  • Animation


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Last update: 1th April 2021