Web Design has been my main interest since 2001/2002 when as a young twelve or thirteen year old I frequented one of the early Harry Potter fansites and wanted to make my own. My first websites weren't great, but I never gave up. Over the next year or so I started learning HTML and the then traditional table based layouts. Later, after I had turned 15, I did my Work Experience through school with a home PHP Developer, and from there I started learning PHP and MySQL, when table layouts started dying out in the mid-to-late 2000s I started learning CSS and making my first DIV based layouts, and since then I have always kept learning.
Over the past few years I've come to the conclusion that I prefer the development side of Web Applications, writing the code that powers the software behind the scenes rather than the front end and the look and feel, I am capable of working on the front end too, but my passion is as a back end developer.
Outside of Web Development my other main interests include photography, whenever I am out with my Fiancee and her family I always have my camera with me, I use a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to post-process my photos, then the very best end up on my Flickr Stream.
I love to travel, which helps with my photography, and I am a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, I love roller coasters and thrill rides. In May 2019 I completed the Velocity 2 zip wire at Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales, along with my mother in law. Velocity 2 is the fastest zipslide in the world at over 100mph, and the longest in Europe, in the process we raised over £1,600 for the Critical Care Unit at Royal Stoke Hospital after my father in law spent a considerable amount of time there following a severe Stroke. One of my goals for a few years now has been to do a bungee jump or skydive, but unfortunately I have never had the opportunity... yet.
I am a music lover, particularly rock and the punk/pop punk sub genres, I have been playing guitar since Christmas 2009 and attend a lot of concerts to see my favourite bands live, which also comes into the love of travelling as I have attended concerts up and down the country and have followed my favourite bands around on tour in the past.
Me (With arms raised) on the zipslide
My partner (far left), me, and my mother in law (middle) with staff in the Critical Care ward at Royal Stoke Hospital handing a cheque over for over £1600