Well 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 and Most Popular categories on the Amazon homepage and has stayed there for over a year now. With nearly 500,000 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 over 90,000 world-wide players playing your game 24/7.
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.
A brief overview of some of my projects: -
Think you know movies? Test your skills against the world!
Alexa will ask five true or false questions from a vast range of movies and actor biographies.
For a given movie, Alexa will quiz you for the year, actors, slogans, directors or characters. For actors, Alexa will quiz you for their birth year or place of birth.
Alexa will keep your score and tell you your world ranking position compared against other Alexa 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.
Double-point events happen every three days, so every player gets an fair chance to storm the ranks.
13 July - 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!
9th July - Teasing an upcoming event on Wednesday and added a few more phrases to the game.
2nd July - Hola / Ciao! The Italian and Spanish language options have now been submitted for certification.
15th June - Bonjour! Popcorn Quiz François is released today!
14th June - NEW GAMEPLAY FEATURE NOW LIVE! Reward your dedication - every 5th consecutive game is a double-point round, every 10th is triple points.
9th June - Website now has example gameplay questions that you can practice on
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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.
2 Feb - 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 - Reddit user alexainteractions has made a video review of Popcorn Quiz! Check it out: -
6 Oct - 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.