Hello, I'm
Alan
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About me

Hello there, I'm Alan!

...I'm a 27-year-old Senior Software Developer based in Belfast in Northern Ireland. My current full-time role is a Mobile Team Lead where I develop cross platform mobile apps for local government councils for our company using the Ionic Framework and React JavaScript. I also have a strong passion for development in my spare time where I spend countless hours learning new technologies to better my experience.

I am a Queens University Belfast graduate with a MEng in Software Engineering. I started my university journey in the Computer Science field and switched into Software Engineering after second year. I undertook a 18 month work placement as a Software Developer in Tascomi Ltd as part of my course.

One of my big passions is sharing my knowledge and skill with others who are eager to learn. A big love to me is teaching people how to code, and making coding tutorials, transferring my web development/coding skills is very fulfilling for me.

I have a blog and a YouTube channel, where you can expect to see How to posts/video about coding on all aspects of HTML, CSS, Javascript (JS), ReactJS, NextJS NodeJS, PHP, and even the odd review of cool UI Frameworks or libraries that I've found.

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Skills

React

Self taught. I've had over 4 years professional experience with React JavaScript. My knowledge and expertise in this area, enabled me to bring this into my workplace and build a mobile framework on top of the Ionic Framework for our mobile products.

Ionic

My knowledge of Ionic is very high, I've built cross-platform mobile apps for IOS/Android using Ionic and deployed to the respective app stores. As well as knowing all of the components available, I've also built a custom framework on top of the Ionic Framework which is at the forefront of local government applications.

NextJS

Having a massive love for React, the transition to NextJS was very natural. The ability to easily pre-render content either by SSG or SSR is incredible. I still have a few avenues to explore, but my overall understanding and expertise in NextJS is high. This site is built using NextJS.

Angular

I have been part of several projects using Angular. Whether that be in conjunction with Ionic or standalone projects, I posess a strong skill in this area of which could be furthered if I wanted, however I'm not actively using Angular and I have no plans to revisit it in the future.

HTML

Having been the first for me, and probably for every developer, HTML has been in my vocabulary since I was around the age 11. I have a strong understanding of all elements and patterns as well as experience using templating languages for HTML as well as HTML5.

CSS

Just like HTML, CSS pretty much goes hand in hand with it. I love design, and making things look slick and professional. I have a very strong understanding of all CSS properties however I lack the knowledge in the CSS animation area.

SASS

A natural turn to SASS from using CSS led me to learn most of the basics and some intermediate SASS/SCSS functionalities. I would say I have a good understanding of SASS.

JavaScript

Again, just like HTML and CSS, JavaScript came as the three-fundamental package for me. I've had years of experience writing JavaScript which led me into my React and modern library/framework knowledge and expertise.

JQuery

Before the modern era of JavaScript frameworks, JQuery was at the forefront. I have strong understanding of all JQuery syntax and functionality. I could further this a bit more if wanted, however I do not plan on learning anymore than what is needed to maintain legacy code.

Node

I have strong experience creating Node applications to enhance SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) of React websites as well as using Node to serve static content to some projects using Handlebars.

PHP

My experience in PHP is very high. I use it on a day-to-day basis in my full-time job to manipulate data on the server side. My experience ranges from 5.6 to 7.X. I have used OOP style PHP for a number of years now.

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is always my goto database. My experience in this area includes migrating massive databases from different sources into one PSQL source. I've also migrated data from different schemas into one, on many ocassions for very important information in local government councils.

GIT

I have years experience of using GIT on the command line as well as through a GUI. My perferred is CLI. I also have experience using Github, Gitlab and Bitbucket to a strong degree.

Command Line

I don't like GUI for CLI things. I would turn to the command line for almost everything. Navigating through directories, manipulating database values, quickly editing code, creating new files etc etc.

VIM

I have strong experience in VIM and VI. Often I have to alter or make changes to code on a server through the use of vim.

NGINX

My experience in NGINX comes from setting up my own server using Digital Ocean on a Ubuntu 20.X environment. I have experience setting up custom domains and routing to static sites, as well as node-powered sites using reverse proxy and PM2 services.

Apache HTTPD

I use Apache on a day-to-day basis in my full time job. I have a good understanding of Apache and how to get a local environment setup fully from start to finish. I've often had to help new starts get setup and share my knowledge in this area.

Firebase

I have a strong understanding of Firebase, including Auth, Firestore database, Real-time database and also notifications through cloud functions.