And so it begins.

I’ve been telling myself for over a year now that I’m going to start a blog. Mainly to discuss my experiences as a programmer but also to give people an insight into some of my life experiences.

Of course, there is always something more important or more urgent.

But at last, here it is! And now that I have everything set up and running smoothly, there is nothing to stop me blogging on a regular basis. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Me on the Brooklyn Bridge

Me on the Brooklyn Bridge a few years ago.

So what can you expect to see by following this blog?

Well the past 12 months have been an incredibly dynamic period in my life. I got my Ph.D in Engineering in June 2013 and I suppose having accomplished that it was a matter of figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. While I studied civil and structural engineering at university, I gradually found myself navigating towards computer programming. My undergraduate final-year-project and Ph.D thesis were both heavily dominated by programming but I also began to experiment with web development in PHP in my spare time. Having been working in an engineering consultancy for a few months, it was about twelve months ago that I started to get serious about it. I started to learn Rails thanks to the magnificent Ruby on Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl and received some great advice from a fellow programmer, David Tuite.

So here I am, twelve months later. I’m now a full-time freelance web developer. I’ve done a lot of work in Rails, jQuery, AngularJS and more. Hell, there’s got to be a good story somewhere in all of that.

Some ideas for my first few posts:

  • My experience with the Ionic Framework.
  • How I became a successful Rails Developer in 12 months.
  • Working with the Vimeo API.
  • Startup School London – Summer 2014.
  • Building Podmedics.
  • Working as a freelance web developer.
  • The future of wind turbines.

And hey, if you think I should write about anything in particular, just drop me a mail or catch up with me on Twitter.

So here it goes!