I started designing at the age of 13. I’ve been designing and developing websites since 2006. My passion for the web has grown over the years and has taken me on a quite the interesting journey. I have worked for many interesting individuals and companies and have proven myself to be able to complete mostly* any task thrown my way. When I am not designing or coding I am usually away from the computer screen skateboarding with friends or trying to relax.
Gist of my journey:
I started editing myspace pictures for friends and family members. At this time I was not charging since I was learning photoshop, but I continued to make custom pics for them.
I started creating custom myspace layouts for friends and family members. I would create the design first in photoshop then slice it and finally code the design for myspace. I started to become familiar with html and was getting the hang of coding.
[myspace tutorial I’ve created]
I had a good grasp of html but not css. During 2008 I started to learn css and continued to add new things that I was learning to my websites. I wanted to create a website where I would not have to custom code each blog post and that is when I discovered WordPress. I started to learn WordPress and more css. I would combine my html and css together to create very basic WordPress themes.
I continued to work with WordPress, css, html, and began learning php. I familiarize myself with the code by constantly working with it and started to know WordPress a lot more. Later that year I started a blog called Webdevtuts (Sold September of 2011) where I would teach others cool web development and design tutorials. My goal with this website was to teach others how to design and code. Since I did not have anyone at the time who was there to answer my questions etc I created something where others could come and receive answers.
I continued to write tutorials and broaden my knowledge with WordPress. I got my first internship at deep interactive where I would help code and create themes for clients. After proving I was able to handle workload I was offered a job with deep interactive as lead front end developer.
In 2011 I was very interested in continuing my path to fully learning php, so I began working with Drupal Content Management System. WordPress was great, but at the time there were no custom post types nor all the functionality that drupal offered. After learning drupal, to the point where I could create fully functional websites, I was hired at straight-north where I worked on a team with 1 front-end developer and 2 back-end developers(php). During my summer there I completed 3 drupal websites, and worked on various projects. After I began college for the fall semester, I ended up selling Webdevtuts after 2 years of constantly writing top notch content. I had written over 90+ tutorials and posts and also reached my goal of making webdevtuts rank under 100,000 out of all the websites in the world. After selling webdevtuts I was now able to fully focus on doing what I love. CODING! After working with php I wanted to take on something new so I started learning ruby on rails.
As the new year entered I continued to learn ruby on rails and started to create applications of my own. I am fully comfortable with rails and am excited to launch a new web app late this summer. I’ve attended startupweekend and meetups where I got the opportunity to meet other developers and individuals who are interested in technology & startups.
2013 was a very interesting year for me. I launched Semester Planner in January. I was accepted into University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) computer science & engineering program. I was also hired by the UIC housing department where I help create applications for over 10,000 housing students. I’ve attended over 20 meetups and hackathons where I meet interesting people from all trades, and most importantly I started my path in Computer Science.
As the fall semester ended I begin working at the University to create a custom housing system from scratch. This was the first time in my career where I was given a task of such and was able to architect the housing system along with working with an amazing team to create software that made students lives easier.
As an active memeber of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), I ran a sig group called sigCode. We focused on contributing to open source projects and software design and meet once a week for 15 weeks.
As the year continued my friends and I attended many hackathons which included Yale Hacks, Michigan Hacks, Hack Illinois, and Wild Hacks.
Skateboarding has had an impact on my life since I were 13 years old. I applied for an internship at a skateboarding company called Street League. It was truly mind blowing when I got the internship because it was located in California and I were able to work with a very unique and interesting team. As the internship ended I began to head back to school for the semester. During October I found out great news that I was accepted to attend the Code For Good hackathon in New York City. This was really unbelievable to me since I’ve always wanted to visit New York City and got the chance to see how a large corporation operated. Shortly after I was given an internship at JP Morgan as a TAP analyst.
Though I’ve spent a great amount of time programming & developing in the past, 2016 was the year where I became a better programmer. I begin my Internship as an Technical Analyst at JP Morgan and was fortunate to work with an awesome team and learned a ton about Futures and Options.
It was also the year where I was introduce to lambda calculus and functional programming.
Another great highlight of 2016 was the birth of my child, Noelle Purham whom I would not trade for anything in this world.
In December of 2016 I was awarded my degree, Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I begin working at JP Morgan full-time as a Technical Analyst.