I am a North Manchester based PHP developer, living in Bury, Greater Manchester. I've a few of years of commercial PHP experience under by belt having worked within various industry sectors.
Right now, I am taking on the next step of my career working with machine learning and AI in the public sector. Currently, my focus involves mostly extending PHP development by integrating machine learning and NLG/NLU in to applications in order to create intelligent, cognitive services within EdTech.
I am a highly motivated developer, eager and very quick to learn new concepts and technologies. I'm also a good communicator, and very able to establish good relationships with the multi-discplinary team. These skills enable me to quickly gather requirements and advise on technical specs and translate technical concepts to a non technical audience. I am continually striving to learn in order to keep pace with the evolving world of development and improve my skillset. Most importantly, I pride myself on writing clean, well documented, version controlled code.
Bolton College are leading Further Education in the use of learning analytics, adaptive learning, supervised machine learning and natural language processing. The college has built and utilises their very own digital assistant client, Ada, using the Watson API, to improve services to students and staff at the college. The Watson API and the tertiary service, Wolfram Alpha, are currently being utilised in most PHP projects.
I have written several applications to assist both the learners and staff at the college including, but not limited to:
Formerly a Technical Analyst role, rebranded to Delivery Analyst on MCCs Microsoft & Web Team.
This later became an Agile working environment with daily standups and scrums.
Also, whist at MCC, I completed the ITIL certification, which focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of the business.
Worked as one of their two (me in-house, and the other remotely working) PHP developers, mostly creating modules for the in-house, custom MVC PHP framework, Crystal. This was a full custom MVC framework adapted over a number of years to suit the needs of the business.
I was also involved later in some very brief custom Magento module and template development for the e-commerce side of trade online, and the migration of the current groups websites to a virtual hosting.
Covered foundation elements of web development, including but not an exhaustive list of: XHTML, CSS, W3C (usability and accessibility), networking fundamentals, images, encryption, Project management etc.
Covered fundamental elements of client side script including but not an exhaustive list of: The DOM, program flow, object fundamentals, form validation, custom objects etc.
File I/O, packages, arrays, RegExp, hashes, filehandles, custom objects & OOP (including modules, classes and inheritance) etc.
(Adobe Creative Suite) Multimedia with Fireworks, Flash, XML, RSS, ATOM, Cookies, CSS, HTML Website Usability & Accessibility, Multimedia, MetaData, SEO, HTTP Servers and Web Applications.
8 GCSE passes including Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Computer studies, Design & communication and Art.
In addition to staying as current as possible in programming and learning, using various resources, I love and own most items of gadgetry and tech and am really enjoying exploring machine learning and personal assistants.
Away from development, I also enjoy socialising, cinema and film, tech blogging, some gaming, foreign travel, motorsport, cask ales/festivals, and the odd high profile sci-fi convention.
I've also very recently become more of a reader of non-fiction, mostly biographies.