Mister Ford
Mister Ford

Hello, I'm Christopher I'm a Software Engineer (among other things)

Software Engineer

I'm a professional Software Engineer based in Southampton in the UK.

I specialise in building clean, modern UIs using the latest in web technologies.

In my current role I am the lead front-end practitioner working on greenfield projects for mobile and the web using Angular, Ionic and TypeScript.

Portfolio

Before I moved into my current role, I developed websites both as a freelance and as a developer for HigherSites, a digital agency based in Taunton.

Here's a selection of the sites that I have worked on:

JavaScript

As a junior I dabbled in many different technologies in order to work out where my passion lay, including PHP, Swift and Java. Eventually I discovered that my true love is JavaScript.

When I was first in the industry, everyone told me to learn jQuery. I soon realised that this was actually hampering my ability to truly learn and understand JavaScript itself, so I became an advocate of pure vanilla JavaScript solutions. This is where my specialism now lies.

This doesn't mean that I don't love to play with modern JavaScript frameworks and libraries. I started working with Angular back when it was still known as Angular 2 and in its beta phase, and I quickly fell in love with it.

Over the past year I have used Angular, TypeScript and Ionic to create Greenfield projects for mobile and the web.

I'm always learning when it comes to JavaScript (as should be the case for any developer.) The best way to follow my journey is to check out my GitHub:

Find me on GitHub

Projects

What do programmers do for fun? We program! Here's a few of my personal projects:

Father

Alistair and I

Oh, you want to know about me?

Well, quite a lot of what defines me is already on the site. But something I've not mentioned, which is the most important part of me, is my family. That little guy in the picture with me is my son Alistair. He's named after a character from Bioware's Dragon Age (which probably tells you a little bit more about me!) and he is the most important thing in my life.

Alistair's mummy is my gorgeous wife Sophie. She's also the most important thing in my life. So there's another thing about me - my family is everything to me. They are the reason why I do everything I do and they are also my biggest, strongest support network.

What else is there to say about me?

I'm a lapsed runner; hopefully one day I can un-lapse from that (relapse into it?) because it's something I always loved to do before Alistair came into my life!

I am a total Apple fanboy, and proud to say it! Sometimes it's hard to remember a day when I used to genuinely dislike Apple products. I was one of those guys that had a stupid MP3 player (that broke) because I refused to buy an iPod. Well, I've since seen the light, I'm glad to say, and it's now fairly difficult to get me to shut up about Apple.

I love red wine. 'Nuff said.

Contact

You want to get in touch? Please do! Feel free to hit me up on the social networks, or if you prefer you can send me a message through my contact form. Either way, I look forward to hearing from you.