Front-end Development

  Core Skills   Techniques
  • HTML5
  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript (jQuery)
  • Bootstrap
  • Web Standards
  • Accessibility
  • Progressive Enhancement
  • Cross-browser compliance
  • Source control
 

Back-end Development

  Core Skills   Techniques
  • PHP
  • Mysql
  • XML
  • Apache
  • Object-Oriented Design
  • Database Design & Development
  • API’s: Facebook, Twitter, etc
  • Server Administration

Industry Knowledge and Experience

Other web technologies and industry-specific areas I have studied and applied during my time as a web developer include:

  • Social media management
  • Social media API development
  • Wordpress development
  • Wordpress theme and plug-in development
  • Adobe Flash development
  • Digital SLR Photography
  • Video production and optimisation
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Adsense
  • RSS services
 
  • User Experience Design
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Agile Development
  • SEO - Search Engine Optimisation
  • Digital asset management solutions
  • E-commerce solutions
  • Server and hosting administration
  • End-user training and education

Demystifying Technical Jargon

During my 15+ years of web development I have learnt that my profession is heavily populated with people who cannot communicate web technologies to clients in simple to understand terms. One of my strongest skills is my ability to translate technical jargon into a language that clients can understand. My first objective for clients is to demystify the technology and processes involved in developing a website so that they have clear expectations of their requirements and a clear understanding of the technologies that will best suit those requirements. Educating clients should be a priority, not an afterthought.

Tools of the Trade

Currently my preferred tools for web development include (but are certainly not limited to) the following software:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Firebug
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • WS_FTP Pro
  • PuTTY
  • Wampserver