Everyone says this but writing about me sections is always a bit of a bore, it’s always either blowing your own trumpet or underselling yourself so I’m going to keep this to a minimum. I’m from Grimsby, I have a BSc Hons in Web Design and Development and I currently live in Southampton and work for a large online dating company as a back-end web developer. I love PHP and MySQL and have now gained a fondness of jQuery as a result of my new job.
Let me talk to you a little bit about what I do and what I’ve done. I started off doing small freelance projects for small businesses in my local area, nothing more than simple catalog websites and static websites with a few pages. I then netted myself an intern-ship job as a web developer for the University of Hull which helped me develop my skills greatly. I created custom CMS systems from the ground up, helped build a couple of systems for the University including a digital signage system and a WordPress system for a large festival in the north of England, the Freedom Festival.
Afterwards I discovered CodeIgniter and began freelancing for a friends’ business which catapulted my knowledge and skills. I quickly began to progress my knowledge of OOP and MVC technologies, which is when University ended and I lost touch with the guys I freelanced for. At that point I found a full-time job immediately and I’m now working for a huge dating company based in the South of England. I work on the back-end of websites that host a 16 million user-base. The number increases in the thousands per day so there is plenty to do :).
So, I figured now that I’m quite an established web developer it is time to start sharing my knowledge and giving back to the community. Its only fair that I help people like others helped me in the past. Throughout this site you will find a lot of guides, some simple, some quite complex, about the things I’ve come across on my travels from junior web developer to senior web developer. I hope that these things are helpful in some way to all of you and I hope you contribute in the comments to help me improve too. After all, no one knows everything and I’m very open to learning new techniques.
If you fancy a chat, drop me a line : firstname.lastname@example.org