My Story

I first programmed something back in 1996 when I was 13 years old. It was a simple HTML web page, a complete eye-sore by today’s standards, and full of useless information. Nevertheless, there was something special about having my own creation accessible to the world (well, AOL customers back then). I was overwhelmed when the old hit counter on the page kept going up but, alas, it was only me hitting refresh.

Since that “first time”, I knew it was what I wanted to do as a grown-up. I went on to learn several different software languages at academic level, ranging from Pascal at college through to Java and C# .NET at university, earning a BEng (Hon) Software Engineering degree in the process.

My first job was at a small software house that specialised in both desktop applications and web projects. It was during my time here that I fell in love with coding for the web and never looked back. I continued to work in digital agencies and software teams, building up my skills in PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and moving into senior positions within teams.

My goal was always to work as a freelancer. It was always important to me to build up working relationships with the people I worked with and with those who want to do something different and ambitious. I’ve already met some along the way to becoming a freelancer, and I’m forging new working relationships all the time. It’s an exciting path, and I hope you can be part of it too!

“OK. But what’s with the ‘CodeRover’?” Why didn’t you ask me earlier?! It’s my company name, and one of the perks of being a freelancer is that you can choose the coolest company names around. It should be obvious to most football fans, but it’s half to do with one love of my life, the famous Blackburn Rovers, and half to do with the variety of web development work that I can do – I’m a bit of a Rover, roving around and coding stuff.

I’d love to add at this point that one of the coolest designers around, Wayne Seddon, created my logo. If you’re looking for a graphic designer, give him a shout!