Darren Ross
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Darren Ross

Website DeveloperLondon, United Kingdom
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Darren Ross

Website DeveloperLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am an experienced Web developer, used to managing projects right through the software development lifecycle. While principally a full-stack developer, with emphasis on PHP, Laravel and Wordpress at the backend, my experience with full-service agencies and tech startups has given me a skillset that, with the exception of graphic design, allows me to undertake all aspects of project development myself: initial client meetings, requirements analysis, cost estimation, planning, SEO, server build and configuration, dev ops, development, testing, deployment and handover. Skills Development: Object-oriented PHP, Laravel, Wordpress, Vue 3, Javascript, HTML, CSS, MySQL, Blade, W3C accessibility standards. Dev Ops: Git, Deployer, Packer, PHPUnit, Mix, Laravel Dusk, Vagrant, NPM, Composer, WP CLI, Bitbucket Webhooks, Bitbucket Pipelines (CI/CD), Cypress. Project management: Full systems lifecycle project management (Agile and Waterfall), SEO, Trello. Server: Solid knowledge of Linux, Bash scripting, Nginx configuration, Apache configuration, SSH, SSL/TLS. Technology-specific: Reasonable knowledge of REST APIs using Laravel, plus JWT for authentication. Experience of scripted chatbot development using botman.io. Basic knowledge of Node and Express. While I've undertaken work for a wide variety of companies, The Dots places its emphasis on creative sectors so I've only listed companies that could be considered to fall under the term 'creative'. I am currently working on three projects - a theatre app written in Laravel (but not yet launched); a general-purpose, interactive guide, aimed at the creative industries, written as a single-page application (SPA) and Progressive Web App (PWA); and an app aimed at producing interactive art (current in R&D). In my spare time I am a writer. I have had a number of short plays staged in London, plus comedy material on shows such as BBC Radio's Newsjack and The Skewer. I have written half a dozen full-length plays and am currently writing a play on David Bowie. I also write short film scripts and am currently looking for collaborators in developing them, or other scripts, into short films. Originally from Sunderland, I live and work in London.
Projects
  • Laureus World Sports Awards
    Laureus World Sports AwardsImplementing updates to the PHP code of the laureus.com website. Handling the backend running of the Laureus World Sports Awards voting system, as well as revamping it to be more mobile-friendly. I was also responsible for the creation of two microsites to support the Laureus World Sports Awards, built in PHP. https://www.laureus.com
  • Carnivia website
    Carnivia websiteCreated a Wordpress website for the publishing company Head of Zeus to promote their new novel The Abomination.
  • Museum of London : Responsive Blog
    Museum of London : Responsive BlogA Wordpress blog for the Museum of London incorporating responsive design for mobile devices, HTML5, CSS3 and WAI accessibility standards.
  • Head of Zeus: The Abduction - Digital Campaign
    Head of Zeus: The Abduction - Digital CampaignA viral campaign comprising an interactive set of puzzles set within an edgy narrative to promote The Abduction, the new thriller from the publishing house Head of Zeus, the second novel in The Carnivia Trilogy. Built with PHP, MySQL, HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery.
  • Museum of London - Sherlock Holmes game
    Museum of London - Sherlock Holmes gameThe Two Pipe Problem - a murder mystery game to promote the Museum of London's major exhibition, Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die. A responsive, single-page Web application built with an innovative implementation of HTML5, CSS3, JQuery Mobile and JQuery UI.
  • Museum of London - new museum microsite
    Museum of London - new museum micrositeA Wordpress-based, responsive microsite for the Museum of London to launch and follow the progress of their £70m proposal for a new location. http://museum.london/
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Work history
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    Technical LeadTerri Paddock Group
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Technical lead for two major theatre websites. My Theatre Mates (https://mytheatremates.com/) - a portal for over 50 leading theatre bloggers, built with Wordpress. Stage Faves (https://www.stagefaves.com/) - a website built in pure PHP. A directory for musical theatre that brings together social media feeds and other digital content for more than 5000 performers, shows, venues and companies.
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    Lead DeveloperDigital Innovation Group
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    Originally developed the company's CodeIgniter-based CMS, then specialising in building Wordpress sites. Working for a full-service agency, I worked with many clients, including Beano Studios, Smedvig Capital, National Geographic, Digital Podge, Contego, Fold Gallery, Museum of London, Head of Zeus publishing house, HMRC and Laureus World Sports Awards.
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Skills
  • PHP
  • Mysql
  • Project Management
  • Laravel
  • Javascript
  • SEO
  • Wordpress
  • Html
  • CSS
  • Vue
Education
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    MastersUniversity of Sunderland
     - Sunderland, United Kingdom
    M.Sc. in Network Systems. Passed with a distinction.
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    DegreeUniversity of Sunderland
     - Sunderland, United Kingdom
    B.A.(hons) Business Computing with German. Gained a 2:1. Worked and studied for eight months in Darmstadt, Germany as part of a sandwich course.
Awards
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    W3 Gold Award (Website Features, Structure and Navigation)W3 Awards
    W3 Gold Award (Website Features, Structure and Navigation) for the National Geographic Kids website.
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    W3 Silver Award (General Website, Education)W3 Awards
    W3 Silver Award (General Website, Education) for the National Geographic Kids website.