About

I’m currently working freelance so if you are interested in hiring me then please feel free to get in touch.

Background

I have been a software developer for all my professional career, for the last 16 years I’ve been a web developer.

In the past I’ve worked for a mobile app development company developing APIs used by the apps which were in the US e-prescribing sector, I have been Lead Developer for a start-up called The Rainbow Chain, a very varied role which involved a fair amount of time working with OpenCart – unfortunately the company burnt through its cash before it could make a profit. Lead Developer for Nethouseprices (April '07 to December '10), which at the time was the UK's leading site for free sold house prices and had traffic of 800k visits (6M page views) per month . After that I spent just under a year working for Connells the UK’s largest Estate Agency. Both of their sites enjoyed traffic of up to 600-800k visits per month.

I like to think I’m fairly language agnostic – in my time I’ve used (in date order) Pascal, COBOL, Visual Basic, Perl, PHP, JavaScript and C#. I feel it is important to have worked with a variety of languages so that you can appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of each.
The next big thing – it has to be JavaScript frameworks like Meteor that run in both the browser and the server – I’m keeping a close eye on this as it evolves.

I currently specialise in PHP, MySQL, CSS, HTML, JavaScript. I haven’t done any ASP.NET development since 2011 when I worked for Connells.

Sites I have worked on include:

  • www.westingourmet.co.uk
  • www.madecloser.co.uk
  • www.earth-products.co.uk
  • www.therainbowchain.com
  • www.ultimateluxurychalets.com
  • www.sportsorthopaedicspecialist.co.uk
  • www.connells.co.uk
  • www.sequencehome.co.uk
  • www.nethouseprices.com
  • www.nethouseauctions.com
  • www.propertypod.co.uk

Things don’t stand still with the web so some of these have now been rewritten, redesigned or retired. You may be able to find them with http://archive.org/web/.

Feel free to contact me at richard@1234willis-owen.co.uk (remove the numbers – there to stop my address getting picked up by spammers).