Will Kerswell

Will Kerswell

Web App Developer

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Work Experience

Hazardous Frog - Software Engineer (June 2012 - Present)

I am employed by Hazardous Frog as a Software Engineer. Hazardous Frog is a software development company specialising in complex online applications. I am predominantly using ColdFusion (v9 & v10), MySQL, SQL Server 2000/2008, and a range of common JavaScript libraries for front end development.

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.

My most recent completed work is a custom CMS and front end website for Blue Dot Fine Art. This is a ColdFusion 10 application using the Hazardous Frog CMS with custom modules for each of the main sections of the website, plus custom admin for managing artists, artwork, staff, stores, collections and news. The front end for Blue Dot’s site makes extensive use of various JavaScript libraries and templates for a visually appealing result as you would expect on a fine art website.

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.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Interests

Air Cadets

I was in the Air Training Corps for 6 years and progressed to the penultimate rank of flight sergeant. I learnt many skills that I have found to be very useful in everyday life and work situation. I was sent on several leadership courses. I was in charge of all the other cadets on the unit and planned and ran activities. I was selected represent the country to go on an exchange to Canada. I have found Cadets extremely rewarding and I have gained self-reliance and confidence.

Sports and Other

I enjoy a range of sports, such as hockey, lacrosse, rugby and squash. I also like extreme sports, such as mountain biking. In my last year of university I was the president of the lacrosse club and was presented with half colours when I finished for my services. This taught me how to run a sport club including all the organising. I also learnt a lot about leadership from this as I was responsible for over 60 students. I frequently organised large trips for the club some of which were overseas.

I have completed my Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, which has allowed me to further develop my team leadership and membership skills. I found the award scheme to be mentally and physically challenging yet rewarding. It also required perseverance and the ability to cope well in a variety of situations.

My GitHub

Below are the open source projects that I have been working on. Most of my repos have been kept private due to the nature of the work.

GitHub Contributions Chart