Front End Developer
I took an interest in Web Development while I was in College, but this was just the start for me. I first started coding in the age of tables, long before div tags became mainstream. There weren't many courses available to me when I initially finished College in 2005, so I started to read various web magazines and learn techniques I had seen. This was all put into practice once I bought my own computer. I enjoy looking at various templates online and seeing how each one works, by viewing the source code and changing parts of the website in my browser, and seeing if it is a theme I could use in future projects. I will openly admit I have a few themes saved now.
My very first step into the world of the web industry was an apprenticeship as a Front-End Web Developer, which introduced me to the world of Bootstrap. Initially I found this framework very confusing, but after studying it for a couple of days, the way the sites were made became easier to understand, and I was building sites on my own to add repsonsiveness to my websites. This framework has continued to the be backbone of various projects I personally have worked on throughout my time at University and after graduting. I have taken on a couple of website projects as part of my degree and these were the IPMS Cleveland website and PREP Toolkit website, which were hard coded using HTML, CSS and PHP. I have knowledge of various content management systems such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal which I gained at University. I am always keen to expand my knowledge of the web industry, improve my skills, and taken on new challenges. The languages I would like to improve upon is my knowledge of PHP and MySQL. I am a quick learner, and I am able to pick up new skills with great success through the use of both written and video tutorials. Through these methods, I have been able to vastly improve my array of talents, and gain a level of adaptability in relation to various processes.
In my spare time I am keen model maker. I do like to mix things up a little bit so build anything from aircraft to Gundam model kits. I have completed four of the five vehicles from Thunderbirds. This has always been something I enjoy doing, and been part of the local club allowed me to take on the redesign of their existing website, because they knew I would do the club proud. Since the redesign the club has seen four new members join. I also enjoy playing video games, so it infuriates me when I play a game that has a menu system that is hard to navigate. No wonder I keep them simple in websites. My other interests are, comics, Japanese culture (manga and anime) and also writing for a local mental health website.
I have been a keen model maker for quite some time and it also helped me improve my coding techniques as I keep the club website up to date.
I am passionate about video gaming as this helps me when suggesting new ideas for websites or user interfaces.
I thoroughly enjoy reading graphic novels, news about emerging technologies and also new coding techniques.
While at Sashless Windows I was part of a team that was responsible for ensuring joints for windows and doors were correct before handing over to the team that would assemble them before painting.
At York College I began to love various things like multimedia, coding and building. As part of the course we also had to do some fundrasing towards a trip to the United States so I organised the group to do various tasks like creating quizzes.
I worked with John for a couple of months during a recouperation from ankle surgery and discovered my love of coding here. I built some very basic websites and helped improve some of John's existing sites.
Whilst at Sense Creative I was part of the Web Development team focuising on the front end development and developing sites for new printing companies across the UK. Bootstrap was a framework that was used quite a lot by this company and since then I have been keeping up to date with coding techniques for this framework.
While studying at Teesside University I took two courses. The first was a foundation degree in Web Design and the second was in Web Design and Multimedia. This was something I had always wanted to do as I wanted to understand coding and the web a lot more
As part of a three month internship I worked with AES helping them with a translation process across some of their websites. It would allow users to log in a select what language they wanted to view in. During this period I understood how they used PHP in their software.