I’m a web developer and aspiring data scientist who lives in West Auckland, New Zealand. I graduated from Auckland University with a first class honours degree in computer science in 1997. I worked as a web developer at Unitec Institute of Technology until I stopped full time work to have my first child in 2006. I feel extremely lucky that I have been able to be a full-time parent to my two children, which has enabled me to give them some great opportunities and experiences they might not have otherwise had.

Things have come a long way in the tech industry in the time since I started full time work.  When I started out in my job at Unitec I was working alone, covering roles of web designer, graphic artist, front end developer and back end developer, creating web sites from scratch in HTML and hacking together my own templating system before I discovered a new scripting language called PHP that opened up a whole new world of possibilities. When I started coding in JavaScript it was under a constant shadow of cross-browser incompatibilities. With the introduction of stylesheets, jQuery, JavaScript libraries, Content Management Systems and PHP Frameworks (to name a few) life seems to have become simultaneously easier and much more complicated for web developers. But I love to learn new ways of doing things and constantly challenge myself to keep up with modern systems, learning new frameworks and libraries to apply to a myriad of personal projects. I love that the tools available now days allow developers to focus so much more on business logic and interactivity rather than things like browser compatibility.

I recently went back to university to complete several undergraduate and postgraduate papers in data science and statistics at Massey University. I find this field fascinating and I would love to work in this area as I think my computer science background would be a great complement.

Have a look at my Portfolio page for some links to a few personal and educational based projects I’ve worked on over the years that showcase my varied skill base and love of exploring new technologies.