I worked with various technologies including C# (.Net), jQuery, XSLT and XML and content management systems such as Umbraco to work towards effective solutions to technical problems for a range of clients.
I'm a fourth-year computer science undergraduate studying at Aberystwyth University. My position with Method4 was known as an Industrial Placement, with its successful completion going towards my final degree. There's more information available on LinkedIn or within my CV, but the key modules I've taken so far are below:
XML & XSLT
(X)HTML & CSS
SQL (MS Server 2008, SQLite, MySQL)
Ruby (on Rails)
I'm working on implementing a custom platform on which I can use to write here, which is going to take some time. In fact, I'm half tempted to simply wait for Medium to be released to the public. I really like how it's looking so far, and I think tying into a pre-existing platform will benefit everyone, not just myself.
Having said that, I'm still enjoying the process of writing something custom to fill the gap. I'm not looking for anything very substantial; the end product will do no more than find posts written in Markdown, and display them neatly here, with the option to click through and view an article on it's own URL.
There are quite a few static site generators already available out there. If you're a PHP fan, there's PieCrust which looks like a great option. If Ruby is more your style, there's Jekyll and Stasis to name just two. I don't know much Ruby at all, minus what I've picked up so far on Codecademy, but I'm really tempted to give Stasis a try. Even if it purely is based on the nicely designed landing page.
So we shall see. If Medium lands within the next few months, that's likely where I'll head. If not, hopefully by that time something will be close to production, so that will see the light of day. I'll open-source my efforts (providing I don't simply drag-and-drop Stasis).
Oh, and if you're wondering -- the title is a Jack Johnson song.
If you'd like to know more, your best bet would be to find me on Twitter. Failing that, there's a pretty good chance I'll catch your email from the below form as long as you're not offering me $12,000,000 in return for my first born child. Which I'd have to think about first.
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