I have always had a keen interest in technology, which lead me to studying Web Design at University.
Since graduating, I have worked with a wide mix of programming languages and technologies from Linux server administration through to React and Vue based frontend applications.
In recent years, I have found my steer to be towards backend development with a focus on performance and security. Outside of work, I like to keep active and enjoy a wide range of sports including Basketball, CrossFit and Triathlon.
Life altering tech event
An introduction to "Web Design" in Year 7 ICT which taught me the basics of HTML and CSS. After the initial 2-3 lessons covering the topic, myself and a few friends continued developing our own personal homepage throughout our lunch breaks and free time. Seeing some success with this trail and error based approach (Google was in its infancy at this stage, I would have been more likely to "Ask Jeeves" than to have "Googled It"!) was almost certainly the catalyst which lead to my ongoing interest in programming.
Most interesting read of the year
Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron. An insightful dive into how to think about performance, motivation and commitment. Predominantly in the context of sport, but much of which is transferable to all areas of life.
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