Maxine Harris ☕ an observer of the web

A FRONT-END WEB DEVELOPER LOOKING TO JOIN A TEAM

About Me


Basics

I am follower of Christ, with a sensitive and caring nature. I am also an open-minded and honest perfectionist.

I have knowledge and experience in the following areas (find out more in my skills section):

  • web standards and architecture
  • responsive web design (using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript)
  • designing, developing, deploying and maintaining MVC5 websites
  • relational and nosql database management

I am well aware of the amount of work that goes into any kind of development, and am willing to put in the time to produce outstanding results. English comes naturally to me, so my written and verbal skills will always be available. I take care to consider others as I work.

My self-driven and perfectionist nature encourages me to go the extra mile while working on a project. I make an effort to prioritise important but not urgent tasks.

I am willing to learn, thorough in my work, and in everything I do, I make sure to think ahead.

Skills

I am a web observer, with a keen interest in the user experience.

Web and Windows is my focus, but am willing to work on other platforms if given the chance. I have a good understanding of web standards and architecture, and have built 3 websites from scratch, right up to deployment and maintenance (check out my projects page).

My love for visual design pushes me towards building user interfaces. My strongest skills are HTML and CSS. My favourite tools include:

  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PhotoShop and Autodesk Pixlr
  • along with various other online tools

My other skills include the following:

  • ASP.NET Web Forms development
  • programming with JavaScript and C#
  • relational database management (SQL Server)
  • using the Entity Framework
  • windows app development (UWP and WPF)

I am interested in the following (though I have little experience):

  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Web services (with JSON and REST)
  • MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js)
  • Pre-processors (Pug and Less)
  • Source / version control (GitHub)

History

Computers have always been a part of my life. As a youngster, I often spent hours experimenting with applications and games. Things got very interesting the day dial-up Internet made its way into our home, and the Internet has since become one of my daily tools.

For over 10 years, I have observed how the web has evolved. While browsing the web, I am inspired by the designs I come across. I have taken an interest in learning Microsoft's standards for designing and developing websites using their various technologies.

Goals

Education:
I have chosen to specialise in web development, even though I studied both web and windows development. I continue to exercise these skills, so that I may build attractive and stable web applications.

Career:
Using the experience that I gained through my volunteering, I wish to join a team of web developers. My main contribution will be front end development, but also I make an effort to understand the general workings of the back end. I look for the bigger picture, while still focusing on what I do best.

Personal:
I have many personal goals. One of these goals is to open up an animal shelter. I plan to do things different with this shelter...I want to focus on rehabilitating shy or aggressive animals, in the hopes of improving their chances of being adopted. Those that do not stand a chance of getting a new home will be able to live out their days in the safety of the shelter. It’s a tough (maybe even an impossible) goal, but with God, nothing is impossible.