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Curriculum Vitae

Introduction

I have over fifteen years of web development experience working for both small design agencies and large development companies. I am currently freelancing at Surface where I work as a contractor to agencies helping them offer web development to their clients.

I have a passion for everything web. I am fluent in both front- and back-end coding, as well as deployment and tooling.

I develop usable and accessible front-end interfaces using web standards, including semantic HTML, CSS for layout and visual design, and JavaScript for progressive user interface enhancements.

On the server side, I use PHP and MySQL, as well as theory in database design and security. I have used multiple frameworks including FuelPHP, CodeIgniter and Laravel since version 4.

I have delved in to the world of modern JavaScript, including NodeJS, ES2016, WebPack and VueJS. I have investigated JavaScript-based static site generators, deploying a custom Eleventy blog on Netlify. I have built component libraries using Fractal and making use of TailwindCSS, deploying them using GitHub Actions.

I have also delved in to the world of development operations (DevOps) including Docker, Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine Application Platform and Terraform. I have also used GitHub Actions and BitBucket Pipelines for continuous integration pipelines.

To view some of my development work, check out my GitHub profile.

Name
Trevor Morris
Role
Full-stack PHP Developer
Age
38
Email
contact@trovster.com
Telephone
07884 182178
Address
21 Little Tixall Lane Great Haywood ST18 0SE

Experience

Jump 24

Senior Web Developer

jump24.co.uk

Working closely with the managing director, I am developing tools to help migrate data from legacy systems. This role focused on upgrading a legacy application, moving it to Laravel 8. This included refactoring the codebase to modern PHP best practices, as well as improving coding standards using PHPCS and PHPStan.

Surface

Web Developer

madebysurface.co.uk

Surface is my web development freelance endeavour. I will be working with design agencies and other web development companies to bring my services of both front- and back-end development to their teams.

My main aim is to allow purely print-based design agencies the perfect path in to the online market place, handling web projects from start to completion.

I am available for contract work, adding extra capacity for any web development work required. I can work competently with existing codebases or help your internal team move to new best practices and adopt appropriate frameworks.

Combiine

Senior Web Developer

fleetoperations.co.uk

I have been responsible for providing advice in building ground-up service APIs using Node. My main focus was to build multiple UI interfaces – both client and internal facing. These were built from the ground up using Laravel, TailwindCSS and included developing a custom SDK shared between them. I setup a full development and deployment suite, with Docker, using unit tests and code coverage, code linters, best practices including commit messages and branching using Git Flow and deployment on the Google Cloud Platform.

Easyfundraising

Contract Web Developer

easyfundraising.org.uk

Invited back to help the development team complete their new platform. Working with a small team on two-week sprints, writing tests, deploying with a continuous integration pipeline built on Jenkins, we release new features quickly and with confidence, helping add value to the company.

Easyfundraising

Contract Web Developer

easyfundraising.org.uk

Contracted to work on a fledgling platform which is built using a VueJS frontend on top of a Laravel-based backend and managed with Kubernetes. Working with a small team on two-week sprints, writing tests, deploying with a continuous integration pipeline built on Jenkins, we release new features quickly and with confidence, helping add value to the company.

Zonal Retail Data Systems

Contract Web Developer

zonal.co.uk

I was contracted on an initial three-month period to add extra development resource to an existing large CodeIgniter-based project. The contract was extended three times where I worked on new systems using Laravel 5 and a large bespoke management system built in CodeIgniter. Finally I was tasked to pick-up and then lead a complex Cold Fusion-based system, fix bugs and integrate new functionality.

Interactive Web Solutions

Web Developer

iweb.co.uk

Working with a large team of both front- and back-end developers and designers, developing bespoke content-managed ecommerce websites for a range of clients. I built large ecommerce websites from the ground-up as well as from existing database structures and code. Each project usually has a team of developers.

Since joining Interactive Web Solutions I was the lead developer in working with the Zend Framework, and taking steps to unify the codebase used throughout the company.

As a developer I worked on every aspect of the development process. This included writing HTML templates, CSS and jQuery, as well as complete back-end code, in the form of the Zend Framework. I also liaised with designers and write specifications.

Creation Design & Marketing

Web Developer

As the sole web developer at Creation, I worked every aspect of the web development process, excluding visual design. I structured and implemented the databases, developed the server-side code (PHP). Front-end code consists of semantic HTML styled with CSS and progressively enhanced with JavaScript (custom or jQuery).

I also advised on best practices for usability and interface design when creating the design visuals. Because of this process we are quashing the belief that accessible websites are boring – our websites are accessible and beautiful.

Education

University of Bradford

Electronic Imaging and Media Communications

eimc.brad.ac.uk

I started university studying Cybernetics. In my free time, however, I ventured into the basics of dynamic websites by learning PHP and MySQL. I also improved my knowledge of best practices in HTML and CSS. In my second year I moved to a new department and course which better reflected my passion —” “Internet Product Design”.

My final year project was entitled ‘Unrestricted Access’, a website built using web standards, with articles and interviews about web standards. The site also showcased the flexibility of semantic markup and CSS, with multiple style sheets changing the entire look and feel.

View Unrestricted Access.

Publications

Builidng a Community

An opinion piece in the printed net magazine, issue #216 (July 2011) about building a digital community in your area.

Transparent CSS Sprites

An article for the hugely popular Smashing Magazine about a twist on the common sprite technique that many developers already use on their projects. Using transparency within the sprite means that you can use it on different coloured backgrounds.

Read: smashingmagazine.com/2010/10/31/transparent-css-sprites

Front-End Code Reusability

An article for 24 Ways, the yearly advent calendar for web developers, discusses best practices when developing a jQuery plugin. It includes a full step-by-step explaination of the plugin and example showcasing what can be achieved.

Read: 24ways.org/2009/front-end-code-reusability-with-css-and-javascript

Styling for Submission

An article for Treehouse, a web development magazine, about styling form submit buttons. The article discusses ideology, cross-browser caveats & fixes and best practices.

Web Standards: User Interface Makeovers

Features an interview with myself conducted by David Travis, a usability expert, about dispelling the myth that accessible websites can’t be beautiful. Also showcasing the work I did to recreate the Nokia and Vodafone websites with semantic markup and CSS to make them accessible.

Read: userfocus.co.uk/articles/makeovers.html

More Information

I have been a web developer since my first role in 2005. My experience has been focused on full-stack development - starting from small custom systems, WordPress development and bespoke large scale framework-based projects.

During the past ten years of freelancing, I have also contracted. This has helped me learn how to integrate with teams and existing codebases quickly. It also allowed me to experience different flavours of agile methodologies. I have been able to transfer knowledge allowing the teams to improve their best practices, from linting and testing to continuous deployment.

Freelancing has allowed me to bring a range of complete solutions for clients. I use WordPress for smaller projects, allowing for a content management system for clients with tight budgets.

For the last five years I have specialised in building bespoke web-based solutions using the Laravel framework. This helps me provide solutions that are robust and scalable which in turn provides value for the client.

I transformed a paper-based compliance company to a modern app-based workflow. This was a multi-year project with a centralised CMS and four bespoke web-based apps built in Angular. I recently upgraded the project from Laravel 4 to Laravel 6 (and 7), refactoring for security and speed, improving unit tests, as well as moving to Amazon Web Services platform.

I have helped design RESTful platforms using micro-services. A specific API was rapidly improved from a minimum viable product as more requirements were outlined and feedback from the UI admin integration. A PHP SDK was built for the API that feature high test code coverage, allowing confident integration with multiple projects.

Outside of official roles, I have learned about JavaScript-based static site generators by building a new personal development-focused blog and other personal projects. I was able to research multiple solutions for deployment, including GitHub Actions, Netlify and Vercel. I also implemented a component library and improved my understanding of SVG.

About

My name is Trevor Morris & I am a movie-loving, mountain bike-riding web developer from the UK. Currently, freelancing at Surface.