I started work on an information portal for doctors, contracted by pharma giant MSD. The website is in 4 languages, using Umbraco and Angular for the account admin and search filtering.
Having worked with some cool technologies over the past year, I thought it was time for a revamp. The new website is running on Umbraco 7.3, and utilises all my own script libraries and the techniques I talk about in my resources section.
I was given the opportunity to run a workshop. I began creating course materials and exercises for the group to complete, and started brushing up on my theory.
I married my beautiful wife, after 9 years together.
Leading the front end team on the re-build of The Gym Group's website.
Having worked with Umbraco in quite an advanced way already, I thought it was time to solidify my existing knowledge and go a bit deeper. I went on an Umbraco Training course with Percipient Studios to become an accredited Umbraco Developer.
I wrote my first Angular controller, and in so doing, fell in love with the library.
I received a promotion to the head of front end development, managing a team of 7 developers and projects both small and large, whilst continuing as a developer myself.
I was now extremely proficient with email, and about as fast as I could get at knocking them out. but it wasn't enough. I started teaching myself jQuery. In a short time, I was at a working level and started building websites. I refurbished the company website, and started to dabble with Umbraco.
I was welcomed back to the 1990's, coding with tables, inline styles, and not much else. Email has been a staple for me ever since.
I made the move agency side, and started working as a front end developer for Creator, a London agency with clients world-wide.
I was working with a lot of agencies and realised that I wanted a a more hands on approach. I created and sent my first email campaign for MSD. I continued learning and stretching my HTML skills from here on.
Started my first 'real' job with Merck Sharpe & Dohme Ltd (MSD) as a marketing associate.
I graduated with an overall 2:1 BA (Hons) in English Literature (I know, I'm as surprised as you are that I'm now a developer. The best explanation I have is that it runs in the family...).
Lived through the longest period in my life to date with no sleep: 3 days whilst writing my final dissertation (it paid off, I got a First for it).
Passed 4 A levels and got accepted to the University of East Anglia to study English Literature.
I created a digital newspaper for my school, called G-Mag. It was my first fully functional website. Yes, I did use front page for a lot of it. And no, it didn't have a marquee across it.
Passed my GCSEs with all A*s, and As, except for 4 Bs.
I first dabbled with HTML; yes, the page included a marquee. Maybe a little bold text as well...
After undergoing rigorous testing and a 4 stage interview process, I have been accepted into the developer network at Toptal. Apparently this means I'm in the top 3% of developers!