About me

Hey. I'm Tony.

I'm taking a little bit of time off work at the moment, recharging the batteries ready for my next professional adventure. That said, I head up That Seagull Bob. Bob specialises in making online audio and video super simple for it's clients, alongside a smattering of web development and event organising.

In recent years, I've done a few different things. I was part of the education outreach team for Software Cornwall, a members network in the South West of England. The project I headed up, helping disadvantaged young adults into fulfilling tech careers, won multiple awards including one for being the most inspirational offering in the South West digital industry. A few years on, I'm seeing the people the team and I inspired and coached through this role entering the software industry. It makes me immensely proud!

Whilst at University, I co-founded the Future Sync Conference, a multi track event based at Plymouth University with an online offering during the pandemic in 2020 (we were one of the first events in the world to pivot to an online format). Through this event, we brought internationally acclaimed speakers to the South West, standing on the stage alongside established and first time local speakers alike. This event ran for the last time in 2020, but not before offering a springboard for local speakers to step onto bigger stages around the virtual (and one day physical) world.

The Back Story

I created my first website back in 2002. It was a simpler time back then. Learning the basics of web development was as easy as viewing source and poaching the good stuff. Table layouts….those were the days. Fast forwarding to University, I focused on learning modern JavaScript whilst creating standards compliant, cross browser web applications.

There, I added to my front end experience, learning about what it takes to make great software. Usability, software design and database development were just some of the modules covered as part of my course. As you’d expect from a degree, I’ve been exposed to lots of languages including PHP, Java, C#, JavaScript and .NET. As a web developer I’ve gravitated to a web stack which includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, PHP, Ruby, Jekyll and WordPress.

During the course I did a 15 month placement with Plymouth Software, building Ruby on Rails, iOS and Android applications. As part of my placement I was encouraged to develop my own side projects, the first of which was to re-develop an existing project from PHP into Rails. It was at Plymouth Software where I leaned that software development is all about choosing the right tool for the job.

Before starting university I had a four year hiatus from web development whilst working in retail. I climbed to the dizzying heights of a store manager for a national chain. I learned a great deal about the hard work and commitment needed to run a successful business and managing a diverse team. After an especially long summer I had a moment of clarity and decided to throw myself what I enjoyed doing……web development.

I could go on for hours, but I expect you’re a busy person. If you want to know more, get in touch. Perhaps we could grab a coffee.

I’ll bring the cake.

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