Since I could code and tinker with electronics, I have.
Starting with operating system installs to writing my first application in Visual Basic at around age 12, I have had an innate passion for all things tech.
Throughout my teen years I explored all aspects of computing, developing a keen knowledge of everything from power into the machine to user interaction. Each aspect of the technical world presented me with a new avenue to explore, taking a keen interest in Linux.
Then my love of software began… I learnt a wide range of languages, fiddled and built a solid knowledge of software design principals and participated in the open source community - and still do. I also built computers - a lot of them - from budget builds to monster workstations, while later discovering virtualisation and home-labbing.
Next came the beginnings of my early career, starting as an intern in software development at the beginning of 2014. Within a short time, I was promoted from intern to Web Developer then promoted further, into Senior Software Developer. I trained, lead and supported the next generation of excited Junior Developers, driving my ambition through their passion. I lead, managed and developed a rapidly expanding, award-winning product, and delivered the best result for both business and stakeholders.
Taking the NeXT step, I'm now employed as the Senior Software Engineer helping to expand, refine and diversify an impactful product.
Software development is my calling, facilitated by my innate ability to quickly consume, understand and distil information to support others. I also have a strong sense of self-motivation and passion for high-quality software development, always delivering to a progressive personal standard.
In short, I am devoted. I live and breathe any and all things software and hardware and am pretty much interested in anything that has a plug socket on it; opening it up, tinkering around and seeing how it all works. I love the way I can create and let my mind run wild through what is usually a rigid and unforgiving electrical world. But I seem to have a knack for it, I speak its language.
P.s. I also like Apple. I love all tech, but Apple... just an incy bit more. Privacy and their BSD roots... best of both worlds. ;)
A quick breakdown of how I rate my technical skills, not everything, but the core stuff.
PHP 5-7 [Symfony, Laravel, CodeIgniter, PHPUnit, Composer]
Swift 1-5 & SwiftUI
HTML 5 & CSS 3 [SASS, LESS]
Tooling [ZSH, dotfiles, Git, Docker, Vagrant, Sublime Suite, Hyper, TablePlus]
AWS [EB, CD, EC2, S3, RDS] & DO
Computers [Hardware, Linux, macOS, Windows, virtualisation, network & systems admin]
A sample of some of the projects I've contributed to, not everything listed here, in which for a full list - check out my github.
Everyone needs to take a break and enjoy life, besides tech, here's how I like to spend mine!
|1||skiing||has to be skiing. Nothing like it, the experience. Recently, finally, invested in my own hear. Suited and booted.|
|2||hiking||shortly followed by hiking, which tends to preceed skiing. Getting into the outdoors, walking and experiencing new places. The views. Camping! Camping is where its at, spent a long time camping and love every minute.|
|3||photography||which follows on nicely to photography. Capturing the moment and getting creative with the image, in the moment and in post is delightful. Fuji XT-2 crew.|
|4||motorsport||as a kid, I said i'd never do it. But now, I'm hooked. F1. A petrol head and electric head, combined brings a shine to Tesla. Although for now, Golf R 7.5 crew.|
|5||gaming||a huge one for me and a chunk of my life. Creating, playing and exploring games/worlds/experiences.|
Not quite an archaeological dig and I like to think I've accomplished a lot in the short space of time that I've been on this here blue dot, with plenty more to come! Once developed, this timeline element was PR'd back into the Terminal CSS framework.