Well, I'm planning on taking over the world one day from my secret island hideout. Own a rocket/tank/super car and employ endless henchmen. (No agencies please).
And if you hadn't noticed already, this page is hosted on GitHub.Pages - so expect a certain level of geekism...
I have an extensive background in software development, creating content-rich web applications and background services using established technologies and design patterns.
Amazon Alexa development has become an obsession over the last 2 years. My most popular Skill Popcorn Quiz, released in May 2017, stormed into the Top 10 Featured, Recommend, Staff Picks and Most Popular categories on the Amazon homepage and has stayed there for over a year now. With 610,000 games played to date, there is no better way to build new features, improve my UX skills, and manage cloud-based deployments when you have 105,000 world-wide players playing your game 24/7. My first venture on Google Assistant development has now brought Popcorn Quiz running on the same game engine. This has opened up a whole new dynamic now that the Alexa players have some fierce competition!
Employed as an Innovation Developer working with new and up-and-coming technologies to create innovative concepts and prototypes for future markets and opportunities.
I'm working with Node.JS and MongoDB, this is evident if you take a look at my repos. I'm loving the performance and scalability of the MEAN stack and the friendly, pro-active community support that comes with it - a refreshing change from my days working on .NET solutions.
You can also find me on the education discussion boards at MongoDB, which I'm a heavy contributor to since starting a series of online training certifications.
When not attached to a keyboard, you'll find me on a mountain bike trying to get as muddy as possible on a woodland trail or carving up the white stuff on a snowboard trying not to break myself. Did I mention that I bake...?!
A brief overview of some of my projects: -
Think you know movies? Test your skills against the world!
Popcorn Quiz will ask five true or false questions from a vast range of movies and actor biographies.
For a given movie, Popcorn Quiz will quiz you for the year, actors, slogans, directors or characters. For actors, Popcorn Quiz will quiz you for their birth year or place of birth.
Popcorn Quiz will keep your score and tell you your world ranking position compared against other Alexa and Google players.
The more games you play and the more questions you answer correctly, the greater chance to increase your world rank. To reward your dedication, every 5th consecutive game will be a double-point round. Every 10th will be a triple-point round!
Double-point events happen every three days, so every player gets a fair chance to storm the ranks.
5 Dec - I'm aware of some database performance issues that is affecting the game. This is intermittant and I'm currently working with the hosting infrastructure team to resolve. For now, detailed stats are reduced.
26 Nov **** NEW FEATURE NOW LIVE!!! ****
Did you get max points? Do you want to gamble on a single question to double your score? Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya??
12 Nov - Popcorn Quiz has now launched in French-Canadian territories for Alexa devices!
8 Nov - To celebrate my birthday 🎁 on the 14th Nov, Popcorn Quiz has something special planned...
4 Nov - New game feature now released! Your first game of the day will be worth triple points!
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|This Skill was launched on Alexa on 28th May 2017||This Action was launched on Google on 3rd Sep 2018|
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The Skill provides an addictive, engaging and challenging game that keeps you coming back to increase your score.
Based upon previous experiences, I've been building a dynamic personality engine for Alexa that will tease, encourage and taunt your gameplay, so expect her to get more integrated into the Skills I create.
19 Oct - Popcorn Quiz gets its 3rd mention in the official Amazon Alexa UK email! Go #TeamPQ! This introduced over 1,000 players who played 4,100 games and helped push PQ to 119,000 players and 705,000 games!
2 Oct 2018 - SmartHacks DataBank has made a video review of Popcorn Quiz! Check it out: -
13 July 2018 - Unlucky for some, but not me! Popcorn Quiz gets featured in the official Amazon Echo email for the second time! This introduced 900 players who played 3,000 games and helped push PQ to 90,000 players and 469,000 games!
2 Feb 2018 - Popcorn Quiz gets featured in the official Amazon Echo email! This introduced nearly 3300 players who played over 6200 games and helped propel PQ to almost 52,000 players and 155,000 games, making this the best day ever for PQ!
12 Jan 2018 - Reddit user alexainteractions has made a video review of Popcorn Quiz! Check it out: -
6 Oct 2017 - Dot to Dot plays Popcorn Quiz live in a podcast!!! linky here
More of a playground for learning about the HTML5 canvas object in modern browsers. My focus is understanding features like touch/event-driven behaviour across multiple devices and browsers, and game-specific design patterns for collision detection and sprite animations.
It is great fun to play so I'm updating this game often with new features and fixing any bugs found. The wife is addicted to it and puts in the change requests...
There is a Halloween version available. It activates in October after 6pm. Or by clicking this link...
An AngularJS application which focuses on the MVW design pattern to consume a public Formula One REST API.
Using the great UI Router and Bootstrap for fluid, cross-device responsiveness while learning the core features of AngularJS.
I've used some great libraries: Chart.JS and Isotope to help show data in different ways. Where possible all data is cached in a MongoDB instance for the fastest possible retrieval.
You can get hold of me in a variety of ways, this being the future an' all.