Whilst I primarily work with backend web technologies, like PHP, I think of myself as a hybrid web developer by utilizing my skills for both front and backend as well as keeping in touch with my creative side designing websites, logos and icons. (For example; everything you see on this site was designed & developed by me!)
I work on LEMP, LAMP and WISP environments and pride myself on my ability to use multiple frameworks, such as; Laravel, Symfony, CodeIgniter and FuelPHP, aside from those I've got great experience in hand coding and bug fixing in native PHP. Check out my RSS Reader which was built with no frameworks or packages.
As the PHP community grows, new user groups have been popping up all over the world. Ben Plummer, Luke Steadman and (me) James Kirby decided to establish a new PHP user group in the Warwickshire area. We arrange venues, merchandise and arrange a speaker for each last Thursday of the month. Check out our Meetup account for the next event.
I've rotated from my role in Spacecraft Digital into the XForms Professional team within Jadu. This mean's I'm now a part of Jadu's core, giving me involvement in developing a product. It's also given me the experience working in a fully autonomous agile team consisting of quoting, scrums and retrospectives.
Primarily working in Professional Services, I built, maintained and supported current and new customers of Spacecraft's. Some examples of sites I've contributed to are birmingham.gov.uk and tjc.edu. I also spent time developing internal tools which made development and communication across teams easier.
Back-end website development primarily using FuelPHP as a framework whilst making use of shared packages. Project version control and package management using Git. Involvement in complete life cycles of projects whilst also providing support for previously developed websites. Some examples of the sites I had involvement with are zizzi.co.uk and galet.com.
Take initial web design concepts and create a website provided to the brief with design and functionality considered. Process redesigns and problems as they are requested, ensuring any modifications I make are fully tested and in working order before released. Ensuring current and new websites are as optimised as possible.