Back at the end of the nineties, my family relocated part way through my secondary education and rather than begin again (and therefore spend an extra year in school) we decided that my best plan of action was to go to college and study something vocational. I was already very fond of computer systems and software, so the obvious choice was to study Information Technology.
After studying for three years and obtaining some low-level qualifications, my then-girlfriend fell pregnant and subsequently gave birth to our son, Brandon. This life-changing event forced me into a full time position as a systems administrator – at that time computer hardware was very interesting to me, networking and database administration became my ‘thing’.
Within a year of spending every day fixing other people’s hardware and software issues I became disillusioned with it and discovered web design. I knew from that point that I wanted to build websites – there was a level of creativity there that you just don’t get with installing printers!
At the time (not long after the dot com bust) there were no positions available locally, so I decided to start off on my own. With a minimal set of clients I eventually took up freelancing for enotions. As I did this my own company, BeetleJoose Media, took on some larger contracts and started developing nicely.
A further year down the line and enotions were doing some fantastic work for big brands all over the country. In February of 2007 I made the difficult decision to commit to enotions full-time and so decided to wind BeetleJoose down for a few years.
Since then, I decided to leave enotions and venture further into the country to pursue my hankering to get out of client work and into “real” software development. EngageSciences was my ticket. At Engage we have built a social media marketing platform – a SaaS platform that helps non-technical marketers promote scheduled campaigns across multiple [social] networks very quickly and easily.
I enjoy reading, golf, pool, playing the guitar, skiing, Red Wine, Jack n’ Coke (or should I say Pepsi?), Guinness, web/mobile development, web standards, well-formed HTML/JS/CSS and anything else that can shield me from the blandness of the real world!
My main strengths are:
- CSS 1 / 2 / 3 + Less
- Groovy / Grails
- Web Standards/Usability/Accessibility
- Content Management Systems (CMS)
I also have plenty of experience with:
- Search Engine Optimisation
- Project Management
And have recently started playing with:
- iOS / Objective C
- Angular JS
- Yeoman / Bower