Catch up with… Adam our Senior Web Developer
From complex websites and systems, to NERF guns and the Aurora Borealis - Adam takes the hot seat this month.
Hi Adam! Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do at Bluestorm…
Hi! I’m a self-confessed geek and love anything to do with technology. You’ll find me browsing Amazon for fidget toys, gaming, binge-watching TV series and enjoying the odd G&T with my mates.
I’m the Senior Web Developer at Bluestorm and have been here for 4 years in total. As well as taking on some of our more complex websites and systems as well as administrating our server platform, I make sure the developers here can do their jobs effectively and with the best tools available.
What made you think web development was for you?
I’ve been doing web development as a hobby for 12 years now and have always been passionate about it. 6 years ago I managed to transform that hobby into a profession and haven’t looked back since. Developing sites and systems that thousands of people use every day is pretty cool in my eyes.
What’s your favourite dev language and why?
I’d have to say php. It’s the language that most of our sites here at bluestorm are written in and the one that I’ve been working with the longest. Whilst it is one of the oldest web languages and has many archaic standards and inconsistencies, modern frameworks like Laravel make it much nicer to work with than raw php.
If you had to pick one website that you’ve loved working on, which one would it be?
One of the sites I’ve enjoyed working on the most at Bluestorm is a Course Database Management System for the Hull College Group. It controls all of the course information across the Hull, Harrogate and Goole College websites. As well as providing a centralised platform for the colleges’ teams to control marketing information for all courses, it also integrates with a third-party careers information service.
We all know technology is constantly changing and growing, what do you think is the next big thing for us all?
I think advanced medical technology like biometric readers for detecting diseases and other defects much earlier is going to take off in a big way soon. Diseases like cancer being detected too late is a big problem which needs solving.
If you could work with any client, who would it be and why?
Although I don’t have a specific client in mind, I think it would be great to work with a game developer on a website that integrates with their game somehow. Gaming is another passion of mine so it’d be great to get to work on something like that.
What’s number one on your bucket list?
Hurling myself out of a plane at several thousand feet is definitely at the top of my bucket list and something I’ve wanted to do for a while now.
Out of everyone at Bluestorm, who do you think would win in a paint ball match?
Probably not me! If it were a NERF gun war though, things would definitely be different.
And lastly, beach holiday to Barbados or exploring the Norwegian countryside?
Norwegian countryside to sleep under the Aurora Borealis in a viewing hut, definitely.