A full stack web developer, specialising in front-end development.
Web development has been a hobby of mine since I was very young, and I feel as a result of that it’s a “language” I understand well. For 23 years I have been constantly learning, adapting and updating my skills simply out of a sincere, deep-rooted love of it and I hope to continue that for as long as possible.
I built my first website in 1998 at the age of 13. It was hideous but nevertheless it was something I had made and I loved it. Web development became a lifelong passion. As a teenager I built websites for local bands using whatever “new” technology I could get my hands on, moving through Fireworks, Flash, ASP Classic, XHTML & CSS and PHP.
At University I studied Sound and Video Technology, during which I learned a very early version of Ruby on Rails to use for my dissertation project. At the same time I worked in computer hardware retail where I gained a large amount of knowledge, and eventually worked my way up into marketing. I dusted off my PHP skills, and picked up jQuery too, in order to build marketing tools and began revamping the HTML email campaigns. It was here where I began to suspect web development was something that I could graduate from a hobby to a full time career.
The majority of projects used were built with React and Redux, a working method I became very fond of and one which has remained my preferred working method ever since. In my time there I also worked on a high profile and high traffic WordPress eCommerce site (utilising React and the WooCommerce plugin), internal DevOps tools using Jenkins as a CI with automated deployments to AWS, and in some capacity on projects using Laravel and Zend.
From there I moved on to a property tech start-up where I was tasked with updating front end features of their main product built in Laravel using Vue, build front ends for greenfield projects using the React/Redux stack powered by a Laravel back end, and my knowledge of cloud-based computing was also utilized with technologies such as Amazon Lambda for PDF generation and Cloudfront for reducing server load.
In 2020 I made the decision to become self-employed and, in-between breaks, have worked on various PHP-based projects including use of the Laravel-based OctoberCMS and Wordpress.
In my spare time I like walking, playing guitar, gaming and painting tiny plastic spacemen.