Ashley Sheridan​.co.uk

Curriculum Vitae

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Skills

I'm a PHP developer with over 9 years commercial experience, building everything from small microsites through to large bespoke multilingual product sites. Programming in general has been a personal interest of mine now since I was 12 years old teaching myself BASIC on a Commodore 64 (which I still have!) from manuals and any books I could get my hands on at the local library. Since then, I've learned many more computer languages and skills through the necessities of a project or my own interest. PHP is my main focus and passion now though, and I spend a fair bit of my free time improving my skills by working on side projects. One of which is a full MVC framework which is available on my Github account (https://github.com/AshleyJSheridan/maverick).

This table charts my main skills and level of skill in each, out of great, good, fair, and basic for languages
Skill Great Good Fair Basic
PHP yes
MySQL yes
MSSQL yes
HTML yes
CSS yes
SASS yes
JavaScript yes
TypeScript yes
jQuery yes
XML yes
XSLT yes
BASH yes
Arduino (C++) yes
Python yes
This table charts my main skills and level of skill in each, out of great, good, fair, and basic for operating systems, frameworks, and other bits
Skill Great Good Fair Basic
Apache yes
GIT/SVN yes
Windows yes
Linux yes
MacOS yes
Laravel yes
CodeIgniter yes
WordPress yes
Zend yes
Elgg yes
TeamCity yes
CodeSniffer yes
SonarQube yes
Angular 2 yes

As well as these skills, I am fully aware of the social and legal need for accessible web pages, and it's a subject I get very passionate about; to these ends, I endeavor to develop with this in mind whenever I can, and try to balance accessibility with the limitations of a given project. I try to keep myself updated with information on this subject and have been called upon in my development jobs to ensure a project conforms to the standards as closely as is possible.

Work Experience

LiveDrive

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I'm currently working for LiveDrive where I'm helping to look after and develop their online portal among other things. My work here has led me to push my skills with Angular2 and TypeScript further, and has given me the opportunity to strengthen my core skills in development.

TMW

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My last place of employment was at a top agency called TMW where I was employed as a LAMP developer. Whilst this mostly involved building and maintaining websites and applications written in PHP, I was also working on a variety of other projects involving front-end technologies, and C++ on Arduinos.

As well as working on a variety of CMSs like WordPress and Joomla, and frameworks such as Laravel and CodeIgniter, part of my job was to act as tech lead on projects and put together documentation for internal and external use alike, including a PHP standards document (available as an XML document with XSLT templates for multiple formats). I was also trained as (and hold a certificate for being) an internal auditor, which involves analysing processes throughout the company in order to meet ISO 27001 requirements.

My role at TMW was much more specific than at previous places, which meant I got to focus on my core PHP skills, but also gave me the opportunity to advance my knowledge across many other areas, such as SASS, extended workflows in Git, Arduino development, TeamCity (an automated deployment tool) scripts, and BASH scripting.

During my last year there my role grew to encompass more tasks. I managed the majority of LAMP deployments, writing build scripts and setting up environments, I was the head of the PHP Guild at TMW, and I took the tech lead role on more projects. This allowed me to build a lot of skills outside of my main area of focus. I also looked after their SonarQube setup for PHP.

Them London

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I previously worked at an agency called Them for just over two years. The work was very varied, and often ran to tight deadlines, but I didn't let this affect the quality of my work and I made sure I gave each project by best effort whether it be a simple HTML email or a bespoke multi-language website.

The sheer diversity of the work did mean I was often able to work with new and exciting technologies, such as 2m wide touchscreens for a trade show. While most of the websites are built around a CodeIgniter framework, there have been occasions when that didn't fit the requirements, so some things were completely custom, such as a data importer I wrote for importing and managing the email marketing data for Energizer Europe and Wilkinson Sword UK. My most recent new experience has been with mobile web, and I've built mobile websites for Energizer, Wilkinson Sword and co-worked on a couple of mobile sites for Bupa.

All the sites I've been involved in at Them are based around the LAMP stack, which I'm very comfortable with as my personal computer and laptop both run Linux, and managing servers via the command line is something I'm adept with.

Mixed Freelance

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Between and I worked on for several places in a freelance capacity: Home.corp, PUA Training, Vice Style (a part of Vice Magazine), and Opta Sports.

My work as a freelancer was extremely varied, rebuilding Flash websites to be accessible and creatively overcoming issues with fonts when the iPhone was just emerging, through to custom PHP frameworks responsible for dealing with huge amounts of sport fixture data.

Mixed Permanent

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My first two permanent jobs were at HSBSG Design Ltd and blue Post Productions (now Prime Focus Ltd). My work at the first involved building many small microsites, some based on a custom CMS I wrote at the time which wasn't based on a framework. At the latter I worked on a variety of projects, from a web interface to an FTP server with video transcoder, through to a rebuild of a ColdFusion website into PHP, and several smaller microsites.

Education

I spent three years on a Computer Networks & Web Design course at Southampton Solent University, and left there in June 2006. This course gave me a foundation upon which to base my commercial experience and gave me a broader view of the web design process, as well as making me more aware of web technologies.

Other Interests

Recently I have been learning more about electronics and C++ with my Arduino. I have also been a contributor to the PHP Builder forum, and I am an active member of the php.net general mailing list.

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