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Alex Dobson

This kind of page is always a little tricky, but if you're reading then you must want to know more...

That's me on the right! I like computers & geekery (occupational hazard!), a good book, movies, guitar, skiiing, a nice meal with friends, the occasional night out... all the usual stuff.

Below you can take a look into my edication, skills & professional experience.

 


Professional Experience

Getafix IT
Owner, Director & Developer

  • Lexis Nexis
    March 2013 – Current

    Project goals:
    1. Rebuilt the UK PSL flagship product's JavaScript implementation. Coverted their source control to Git from SVN. Implemented a VM running GitLab on their network, provided Git training to colleagues.
    2. Agile, Defect resolution, Git
    Technologies:
    EmberJS, JSTL, JavaScript, jQuery, (D)(X)HTML, CSS, SVN
  • BSkyB
    June 2012 – February 2013

    Project goals:
    1. Build a EmberJs interface for the cloud, driven by a Java backend.
    2. Scrum, Agile, Defect resolution, TDD
    Technologies:
    EmberJS, JSTL, JavaScript, jQuery, (D)(X)HTML, CSS, SVN
  • Salmon
    March 2011 – June 2012

    Project goals:
    1. Build ecommerce solutions in WebSphere Commerce as required for Salmon's various clients
    2. Defect resolution, Unit testing, Front End performance analysis, Design and build various OO JavaScript solutions
    Technologies:
    JSTL, JavaScript, jQuery, Dojo, (D)(X)HTML, CSS, SVN
  • Ericsson
    November 2009 – February 2011

    Project goals:
    1. To build the UK and Irish user interfaces (UI) for Three's customers, allowing them to manage their payments, accounts, tariffs, handsets, billing etc.
    2. To build the front-end for Three's highstreet stores in UK and Irland.
    3. Communicte with the client regarding UI for entire project.
    4. Build front-end ajax animation for Vodafone conference.
    5. Build an Ericsson global, Windows Vista desktop gadget
    6. Iconography
    7. Film, edit and animate a video on mobile devices.
    Technologies:
    JAVA, JSP, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, CSS, FLASH, ActionScript 3, SVN
  • Shire Properties
    April 2009 – August 2009

    Project goals:
    1. To build a unique file archiving application to optimize 15 years worth of business files on a file server, building a subversion server to manage the new file structure. This was achieved using a file-hashing algorithm to compare and process the unique index of files.
    Technologies:
    PHP5, MySQL, SVN, HTML

Competa IT (April 2008 – March 2009)
Web developer (contracted for client projects)

  • KPN (The Dutch Telecomms company)
    July 2008 – March 2009

    Project goals:
    1. To restructure the output from KPN’s content management system 'GX' (which hosts 7000+ pages), adding additional functionality which provided additional 50% more content possiblilties and many more configurative possibilities.
    2. Cleaning and optimising their stylesheets & HTML structure, providing a better, more efficient mechanism that will be easier to use (for developers & content managers).
    3. Implementing a site wide stylesheet, and cross browser mechanism.
    4. Provide training for development team to explain new architecture, and the new methods to the content managers.
    5. Train the handover team from Satyam in preparation for the outsourcing of development to India.
    6. Build a widget to allow KPN prepaid customers to change their own tariff plan online.
    Technologies:
    KPN’s CMS is built on Unix systems utilizing JAVA, JSPF, HTML, CSS, SOAP, XML, XSL, XSLT & FLASH
  • DPI (Animation House)
    May 2008 - June 2008

    Project goals:
    1. To help finish a large application which allows a regional housing association to place tenants in suitable housing. Short term contact necessatated by a rapidly approaching deadline that had to be met.
    Technologies:
    cakePHP, AJAX, JSON and JavaScript

 

A7 Communications (June 2007 – March 2008)
Senior Web Developer

Summary:  Developing dynamic websites and content management applications for clients.
Technologies:

  • YourCMS.co.uk

    Project goals:
    1. To develop an easy to use white label CMS solution.
    2. Quick to setup
    3. Easy implement design/brand
    Technologies:
    PHP, MySQL, CSS, Javascript

 

University of Portsmouth (March 2006 – May 2007)
Educational Technologist, eLearning Programmer, Web Developer, Support Engineer

Summary:  Numerous projects helping academics and lecturers to produce eLearning materials as part of the cental services department.

  • elearning.port.ac.uk (now discontinued)

    Project goals:
    1. To develop an accessible eLearning portal
    2. Build a statistical management package for eLearning workshops
    3. Providing workshops in the use of Graphics in eLearning
    Technologies:
    HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, XML, XSL, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator

 

Dobos Multimedia (July 2000 – February 2006)
Company Director, Web Developer

  • Mice International

    Project goals:
    1. Designing
    2. Illustrating
    3. Iconography
    4. Artworking
    Technologies:
    Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Express
    Clients:
    Shell, HP, Vodafone, 3, Motorola, Royal Navy, British Airways, Panasonic, Marks & Spencers
  • Winterthur Life

    Project goals:
    1. Building a new colour pallet for a brand overhall
    2. Developing a series of document templates
    Technologies:
    Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office
  • Muse Model Management

    Project goals:
    1. Designed and built a bespoke model management CMS website
    2. Copyrighting
    3. Hosting
    Technologies:
    Photoshop, ASP, Access, Apache
  • Envogue Studios

    Project goals:
    1. Retouching and Editing fashion studio photo shoots
    2. Develop an online fashion studio portfolio website
    Technologies:
    HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Photoshop
  • Rex Judd Motorbikes, commissioned by Nielsen Computer Solutions

    Project goals:
    1. Web site design
    2. Build web site
    Technologies:
    HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Photoshop
  • Feltham Young Offenders Institute

    Project goals:
    1. Design multimedia training aid
    2. Filming
    3. Video Editing
    Technologies:
    Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Flash, Swish
  • Planned Packaging Ltd.

    Project goals:
    1. Design
    2. Illustration
    Technologies:
    Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Planned Packaging Ltd.

    Project goals:
    1. Design
    2. Illustration
    3. Brand development
    Technologies:
    Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Shire Properties Ltd.

    Project goals:
    1. Design
    2. Illustration
    3. Photography
    4. Photo restoration
    5. Web design
    6. Web development
    7. Computer build
    8. Networking
    9. PC maintenance
    Technologies:
    HTML, CSS, MySQL, PHP, Photoshop, Illustrator

 

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