This website has evolved over many years as I worked in a variety of roles in the IT industry. It contains examples of a broad range of technologies related to the web from my days as a web developer as well as knowledge & skills related to my role as a Software Application Trainer and then most recently as an Educator teaching Computer Applications Technology.
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I am certainly no graphic artist. On the web I love clean code developed according to Web Standards. I adore simple, elegant solutions to problems using the technology at hand.
The majority of sites on the web use outdated design techniques that include flaws that have plagued the internet for years, such as nested tables — an inelegant, unsophisticated and incorrect technique.
Through the use of modern, forward-thinking HTML enhanced with CSS, I produce elegant pages that are easy to maintain, minimise bandwidth consumption, and are compatible with the future web technologies, all of which translate into direct cost savings.
Formally educated at Hotel School, I spent many years in the Hospitality Industry before making a change to IT. My experience as an Installation and Support Technician for a Point-of-Sale Company gave me a solid grounding in hardware and software, especially customizing systems to clients specifications. Moving over to a large IT Training company allowed me to experience the fun in learning and understanding new technologies.
After working as a consultant for a few years I decided to focus on PHP / MySQL development and worked in a number of roles in the web development environment.
I use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook and Access and more, and have training to advanced levels in each. I use GIMP for graphics.
|LANGUAGE / FRAMEWORK|
|PHP OOP||My role at Touchwork involved refactoring code & writing new code as OO.|
|PHP procedural||Solid practical experience|
|JQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile||Fairly extensive use of jQuery and jQuery UI|
Good understanding & practical ability
|HTML / XHTML||Hand-code standards-based, semantic, accessible|
|HTML5||Good practical experience|
|CSS||Hand-code standards-based, accessible|
|PHP Frameworks||Good CakePHP experience|
Limited CodeIgniter experience
Limited experience with Zend modules
|PhoneGap||Basic experience on personal projects|
|Notepad++||I have worked in various IDE’s (Aptana, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Homesite) but prefer hand-coding in Notepad++|
|Flash||Extensive basic experience, mainly on personal projects|
|DATABASE / SERVER|
|MySQL||Excellent theory and solid experience in modelling, creating, normalizing & querying MySQL databases|
|MongoDB||Very basic Hello World experience|
|Microsoft Access||Experienced user|
|Apache||Ability to set-up & configure Apache server for production and development environments (Windows & Linux)|
|GIMP / Photoshop||Ability to optimize and slice graphics|
Ability to manipulating images and create graphics
|Also: CorelDraw, FreeHand, Fireworks|
|OTHER / GENERAL|
|Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Outlook||Experienced user|
|asterisk||Fast Start Course Certificate completed|
|SVN, Git||Source control software|
|Bug-tracking||Bugzilla, OnTime, JIRA, Eventum|
|Test Management Tool||TestLink|