I'm a London based professional with twenty years in the development industry, now I specialise in front-end engineering with a passion for standards, quality and innovation.
- AMD/CommonJS/es2015 modules
- Bootstrap 3
- Unit Testing
- Responsive Design
- Webstorm IDE
- Visual Studio
- Adobe CS
Immediate Media - UI Developer
02/2012 - Now
A senior member of the new digital team I worked on a number of key projects such as Radio Times, RT Offers, You & Your Wedding Venue Finder as well as assisting in defining front-end standards and practices.
I am the lead front end dev in the core team transitioning our sites to a new CMS. I spend a lot of my time right now making decision about the future of JS, Html and CSS at Immediate.
Current stack looks like; ES2015 JS -> Babel -> Webpack. No jQuery, modularised UI components with a simple mediator pattern and PubSub model. For the more complex UI requirements it looks like ReactJS with routing undecided. Backbone/ReactRouter/Flux maybe?
I played a key role in Immediate's first trial of mobile optimisation using an adaptive approach due to platform limitations. This resulted in Golf Magic and Baby Expert from which lot a was learnt for the business.
Although now decommissioned due to a merger but I am particularly proud of my work on the responsive mobile first Venue Finder web app. I joined the small team in the prototype phase picked up Bootstrap 3 in double-quick time and brought it to launch. Post launch I led the Agile UI team encouraging continuous integration and regular refactoring as additional functionality was added.
I want to be contributing more to Open Source projects. As part of adding functionality to the Venue Finder web app I forked Twitter Typeahead on github to support an additional hint updated event.
Public Zone - Front-end Developer
06/2011 - 12/2011
Sole front-end dev in a small agency specialising in public and non-for-profit organisations. Working on a number of concurrent .NET and PHP based sites bringing much needed coherence to the front-end role in a sector sensitive to real value in delivery.
Freelance and personal development
04/2010 - 06/2011
I combined freelance work in a front-end role at a variety of agencies across London with studying art and design.
I worked on some big brands such as Virgin Atlantic, Hewlett Packard and T-mobile.
Chameleon Net - Senior Developer
04/2006 - 04/2010
As the only senior developer I was responsible for successful delivery, mentoring and keeping the development technology up to date. I introduced MVC.NET from version 1.0 and modernised the front-end with W3C Standards, jQuery (which was just out of beta) and progressive enhancement. Often required in a client-facing role I rode the line between tech and negotiation.
My major achievement was delivery of the first eCommerce site for publisher Random House including fulfilment integration.
IMR Global - Senior Developer
10/1990 - 08/2005
I led many large development projects both pre-web and post-web in the UK and in the US in the Life, Pensions and Financial sectors.
I had a mixed server and front-end role. This was where I cut my teeth on good practices and an eye for quality.