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The majority of sites on the web use outdated design techniques that include flaws that have plagued the internet for years, such as nested tables — an inelegant, unsophisticated and incorrect technique.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 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 love MySQL, I can get by in PostreSQL and have started playing with MongoDB. I can set up a LAMP or WAMP stack, normally work in Windows, but can work comfortably in Linux, too.
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.
I like to play with new technologies and software, and have basic skills using diverse software solutions such as Google Charts and QlikView.
|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
|Node.js||Very basic ability|
|AJAX||Basic understanding & ability|
|Flash ActionScript||Extensive basic experience, mainly on personal projects|
|HTML / XHTML||Hand-code standards-based, semantic, accessible|
|HTML5||Good practical experience|
|CSS||Hand-code standards-based, accessible|
|XML||Basic understanding & practical experience|
|PHP Frameworks||Good CakePHP experience
Limited CodeIgniter experience
Limited experience with Zend modules
|PhoneGap||Basic experience on personal projects|
|Flash||Extensive basic experience, mainly on personal projects|
|Also: Aptana, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Homesite|
|DATABASE / SERVER|
|MySQL||Excellent theory and solid experience in modeling, creating, normalizing & querying MySQL databases|
|MongoDB||Very basic Hello World experience|
|Microsoft Access||Experienced user|
|Firebird (Interbase)||Practical experience at Touchwork|
|PostgreSQL||Practical experience at VOSS|
|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|