Web development

Based in Devon/Cornwall and happy to remote anywhere, I’m a flexible approachable developer who loves working on interesting or new projects. I also have plenty of experience tidying up legacy code.

Backend tends to be my speciality, and over the years I have worked on projects using PHP, .NET, Laravel (and derivatives thereof), WordPress, Zend Framework, MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server and too many more technologies to mention.

I also do frontend, I’m great with CSS having had lots of experience building websites to match print graphics. I’m also passionate about accessibility, and see voice control and IOT as the future, and with that in mind I write clean valid semantic HTML.

My skills include PHP, .Net, Laravel, WordPress, Zend Framework, MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, HTML, CSS, Javascript, React

Many of the projects I work on can’t stretch to a Business or Systems Analyst and so I often wear that hat too. I have a good understanding of process, and the importance of building systems which fulfil the users’ needs. I often build prototypes and involve the client early on in testing.

I can also build a complete stack for sites which are hosted on their own virtual machines (VMs). I have experience of doing all aspects of web development from Systems Architect through to code maintenance. I am conscious of considerations of scale and performance.

Current work

Currently I’m working on a Userfrosting (PHP) project for the recruitment industry, utilising an API. Userfrosting (framework derived from Laravel) is a great user and role management centred framework, ideal for building things like user portals. I am also building and configuring VMs in the cloud ready for these sites.

My GitHub profile can be viewed at github.com/helenc77

Recent work

I have built and worked on a variety of WordPress sites for individual businesses, mainly using child themes to customise and refine the behaviour of feature-rich commercially available themes, tailoring them to the clients’ requirements. Here are some examples…

I often do Business/Systems Analysis work as part of the projects I work on

Past work

Education Sector

I spent many years working for a Higher Education institute, and was Co-Architect and Lead Developer on building their main course information system, which remains one of their core infrastructure systems to the present day. Built in PHP using the Zend Framework and MySQL, it was architected to be both flexible in terms of structure and return fast query results. This was achieved with a combination of a normalised database structure and and CRON generated web service. You can read more about this project here http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/criate/

I also worked on a variety of research projects using frameworks such as .NET and Laravel, as well as other bespoke online learning and teaching platforms.

Public Sector

Previously I worked for local government and the NHS on many different sites and platforms. I gained experience here of Project Management and Business Analysis, working with designers and marketers, as well as a broad base of skills including PHP, ASP.NET, HTML and CSS. This also gave me a great grounding in Accessibility and semantic HTML.

I’m passionate about accessibility, semantic HTML and IOT

Over the years I’ve worked on projects in .NET and Zend Framework and I never miss an opportunity to learn a new skill.

My full CV can be viewed at www.linkedin.com/in/helenconnole

DJ and Radio Presenting

I am host of The Eighties Time Machine, a popular show on Exeter’s Community Radio station, Phonic Fm. I spent over a year on the board of directors for the station, and still take an active role in helping out with technical issues and training new presenters.

I also host once a month on The Respect Show, occasionally on The Noughty Nineties Time Machine, and have previously co-hosted Two Knobs and an Oscillator and the technology podcast Tech Monthly.

You can listen to all my past radio shows online on my Mixcloud page.

I enjoy mixing, and aside from the occasional live gig, you can hear a one hour mix which I did for the Exeter Culture website

You can listen to all my past radio shows online on my Mixcloud page.

About me

I am a Web Developer and all round creative type, currently based between Exeter, Devon and Liskeard, Cornwall.

Web Development

With 20 years experience in both large organisations and for small clients I bring a wealth of knowledge to everything I do. Primarily a backend coder, I’ve worked on many projects over the years which used PHP, .NET, Laravel (and derivatives thereof), WordPress, Zend Framework, various database platforms, and other frameworks and technologies. As you may notice I never miss an opportunity to learn a new skill. Read more about my Web Development work…

Over 15 years experience of back-end coding

Radio

I am also a DJ and presenter on Exeter’s Community Radio station Phonic Fm. I present several shows and was on the board of directors for a year. You can read more about my radio work here…

Creativity

Having originally trained as a Graphic Designer, I like to bring a creative edge to everything I work on. I’m also something of an Instagram addict.

I have been known to dabble in electronic music, and have a few bits and pieces up on Soundcloud including the track I created which was used as the theme tune for the Tech Monthly podcast, which I presented.