and welcome. I am Mike Thornley, a Manchester based LAMP stack Developer, previously working in #EdTech and living in Bury, Greater Manchester. I have had several iterations of my website over the years but now prefer this much simpler, cleaner look and feel.
I have a few years of development experience under my belt working mostly with the LAMP stack of technologies. My experience has consisted of a well established motor factor and some experience within the shipping and freight industry, but the last couple of years I have spent time working in the public sector on a variety of projects - some of which have involved Machine Learning. I have written different applications for differing sectors and this diversness has enabled me to truly hone my skills to maximise on getting to know customer requirements better as they have varied so greatly between roles.
As my last role involved #EdTech, the team I worked within explored the possible use of machine learning within current and new PHP applications, these were mostly behaviour management related. My main focus was PHP development, but did on ocassion involve utilising the Watson API in order to create and extend the usual development approach and saw me involved with creating tailored, yet intelligent, educational applications maximising intelligently sourced data. Applications as a result could be written yielding contexualised results and augmented other roles within my organisation. This assisted staff members to work smarter, enabling them to access relevant information quickly and in a more intelligent manner from the organisations datasets.
I am fairly adept in grasping new technologies, which I love and I am currenting focusing my efforts on learning the PHP Laravel framework. I'm also a good communicator with proven interpersonal skills and have a natural ability to convey technical concepts to an often, non technical and multi-discplinary audience. As a result this has enabled me to obtain the best project requirements from stakeholders in order to meet expectations.
I am currently interested in and learning the PHP MVC Laravel framework.
CSS3 & Bootstrap
PHP >5 inc MVC
JQuery & AJAX
git version control
LAMP stack development is the core of my experience so far - whether that has involved simple projects or more complex solutions, including code written using the MVC framework methology. I've also worked in an Agile environment so can see the benefits that approach can often have to a team project delivery. I have also used several custom MVC Frameworks, as well as the very lightweight and lesser known PHP micro-framework for smaller projects, Fat Free. I am getting more familiar with PHP 7, having migrated my last employers code base to the newer version along with updating code to work with the newer MySQL APIs. From a CMS prospective, I also like and have some knowledge of the WordPress platform and prior to this site, it was my preference for a site build. As always, in order to collaberate and control code versions generally in the best possible way, I use version control to organise and store code, using git. git is my prefered versioning tool for the management of project code using online repos.
For an organisations datasets to be used efficently and utilised to their full potential, an intelligient approach can be adopted in order to provide contextualised results for many areas of an industry. I have experience of contributing to APIs for a Machine Learning client bot, using this very principal and can see the benefits to this technology. Utilising various in-house datasets and external APIs, namely the IBM's Watson engine, I have worked on personalised services in order for results to be contexualised and gathered intelligently using NLG and NLP. As a tertiary service to the projects I have worked on, my team and I have also used Wolfram Alpha as further fall back when results can not be provided due to the nature or language used in a particular query. In 2018, the team I was previously part of were lucky enough to be nominated for 'Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment' at the TES Awards in London. We later then went on win the Association of Colleges Beacon Award.
You can contact me through the contact form below, or directly by email. I am always happy to chat with people about work projects and networking opportunities, or perhaps you want to stop by and just say, "Hi".