About

I’m currently working as Lead Developer for a start-up called The Rainbow Chain, it is a very varied role but I have spent a fair amount of time working with OpenCart.

Background

I have been a software developer for all my professional career, for the last 13 years I’ve been a web developer.

In the past I have been 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, 8086 assembly language, COBOL, Visual Basic, Perl, PHP, JavaScript and C#. As Bob Martin a.k.a Uncle Bob once said “a programmer that only knows one language is like a carpenter who only knows how to work pine”, its important to have worked with a variety 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.

Sites I have worked on include:

  • 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

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