Hazardous Frog - Software Engineer (June 2012 - Present)
My main duties at Hazardous Frog are developing bespoke web application for our clients and on going development work on Hazardous Frog’s own CMS (Gearbox). Gearbox is used as the basis for many clients’ websites. I am regularly required to implement new custom modules in order to extract and display data from the client’s external data sources. I have also built a custom module which pulls data directly from an external Wordpress sites into Gearbox so that news articles can be displayed seamlessly with other content and not under a separate blog.website.com domain.
I am currently building an online advertising and retail website for What Deal. This is similar to Gumtree, but with the addition of an integrated drop shipping feed from Pixmania Pro and custom car adverts aimed at car dealers. I recently integrated a JQuery image upload utility into the project. The GIT project included server side code in just about every language I could imagine – except ColdFusion! I therefore wrote my own server code and have now submitted that back to the original project.
Along side my work for Blue Dot I have built a major upgrade for Reach Mail. This is a long serving corporate email system. My work involved replacing the antiquated email creation / editing system with a modern WYSIWYG system with full drag / drop functionality. This is a ColdFusion 9 project using Fusebox and SQL Server 2005. I gained experience of using complex stored procedures during this project.
I am able to provide a demonstration of the admin side of both Blue Dot, Reach Mail and Gearbox upon request.
I am also responsible for managing a support contract for Move With Us where Hazardous Frog are providing support, bug fixes and development of a CMS which manages several hundred estate agent websites. I am the client’s main point of contact, and I am predominantly responsible for servicing the needs of this client.
In addition to the main work, I have also worked on Digital Pen systems, IOS development of an iPhone application for Cholmondeley Pageant of Power and some PHP work.
We mostly use GIT source control, but also use SVN for some clients. I setup and automatic system on our CMS server which automatically commits and new assets uploaded by the clients via their admin to the GIT repository. Apart from the file backup facility this provides, it also gives us a simple mechanism to create a local copy of any live website with all the current live assets with just a few key strokes.
I am responsible for code deployments to or CMS server. These are done on the live server via a GIT pull request. This ensures that only files committed to source control are ever uploaded to the live server.
I have been responsible for Apache configuration for Hazardous Frog, and have a little experience of working with IIS for Move With Us.