Hi, I'm Nico!

I'm a Full-Stack web developer who likes to write code for humans.

This can mean going the extra mile to ensure that the UX really works when writing user-facing code, or ensuring that the code I write is readable and comphrehensible to other developers.

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A selection of the technologies I have worked with...

Skills & Areas of Expertise

Frontend Development

  • JavaScript (including ES6+) and TypeScript.
  • Modern web frameworks such as React and Angular 2.
  • SASS, Babel, Webpack, and all the rest.
  • Deep knowledge of the browser platform from IE6 to mobile browsers to the latest specs such as service workers and CSS grid.

Backend Development

  • Experience with Python, Node.js, PHP and Rust.
  • MVC frameworks such as Rails, Laravel and Django.
  • Relational databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL, etc) and schema design.
  • Can also do NoSQL, but you almost certainly don't actually want NoSQL.

Miscellaneous / Other

  • Git (including github/gitlab).
  • Bash and basic server configuration.
  • Basic design principles, and a good intuition on UX issues.

Employment & Experience


Mobile Web Developer, Mubaloo (most of 2013)


My first proper job, I worked as part of Mubaloo's Web Team for 8 months between university courses. Mubaloo are an award winning agency who specialise in iOS, Android and Mobile Web apps.

HP Top Value App (2013)

#Responsive
#RESTful API
#JavaScript
#Backbone.js
#AppCache
#Git
#Grunt

A responsive web app for HP's sales team.

  • I worked as part of a team of three to develop the app. Git and Trello were used to coordinate development.
  • The app was built as a single page web app using Backbone.js with a RESTful API backend.
  • AppCache and Local Storage were used to enable the app to work offline.
  • View code was shared between mobile and desktop where possible.
  • The app was deployed as a responsive web app, and tested on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Desktop Web (down to IE9) platforms.

The app was very well received by the client:

"The app has been a huge success and has become a global benchmark for HP by seeing this rolled out across EMEA and beyond." - Daniel Kiaie, Account Manager, HP

HTML5 Showcase App (2013)

#Hybrid
#HTML5
#JavaScript
#Canvas
#PhoneGap
#Git
#Framework Dev
#R&D

An experimental hybrid web app to demonstrate the capabilities of HTML5.

  • A series of minigames were created using HTML5 technologies such as Canvas, Touch Events, and the Device Orientation Api.
  • The project was used as an opportunity to conduct experiments into the boundaries of the HTML5 platform, and in particular rendering performance.
  • Performance was tested on physical mobile devices.
  • A performant animation framework for view-transitions was developed.
  • The final app was wrapped using PhoneGap for iOS and Android at both phone and tablet sizes.

Summer Internships (2014 - 2015)

Web Developer, Goram & Vincent (summer 2015)

Brought in to finish off a project after their previous developer left the company, I worked at G & V for 2 months in their office on Park Street.

  • Took over a large (30k LoC), well-written but complex codebase.
  • Implemented PDF rendering logic, and updated integration with Magento store.
  • Setup a staging environment and automated deployment.
  • Added documentation and prepared the codebase for the next developer.

Web Development Intern, IdeaSquares (summer 2014)

Hired for the summer period to refactor an unstructed and increasingly difficult to maintain code base, and to update the functionality of the website to meet new business requirements.

  • Ported existing "spaghetti code" code base to the Laravel framework.
  • Implemented new front-end designs.
  • Carried out general website maintenance and updates
  • Advised on development plan and technology choices.
  • Worked remotely, communicating regularly via email and skype.

Early Work

Always Be Cycling Website (2011)

#PHP+MySQL
#HTML
#CSS
#UI Design
#Freelance

Informational website and booking system for a local cycling charity.

This project for a local cycling charity involved creating an entire web presence from scratch, including visual design and layout, photography, content creation, WYSIWYG page editing, and a course booking system.

Visually, the focus was on having a clean, bike-orientated design, and on making it easy for visitors to navigate around the site, especially to the booking section. The site also features an admin area which provides a simple interface from which my client can post news, edit pages, and manage course bookings. It runs on my own PHP based CMS, with the course booking module developed specifically for the project.

Tony Coll Website (2009)

#Web Standards
#HTML
#CSS
#Freelance

My first paid web development project. It involved fixing the previously IE-only CSS to standard conformant code which would work cross-browser, design and layout changes, and content updates. The site is now showing it's age, but still renders accurately in the latest browsers.

Side Projects

GhostEdit WYSIWYG Editor (2010)

#UX Design
#JavaScript
#ContentEditable
#Side Project

GhostEdit is a JavaScript based WYSIWYG editor which came out of my frustration at the poor usability of the more well known editors like CKeditor and TinyMCE.

It takes interface cues from Microsoft’s Ribbon UI, which is both simple to navigate, and familiar to users. In addition to this, it tries to make editing actions intuitive and discoverable (e.g. placing the remove link button right next to the link), and to do as much as possible automatically (e.g. if no text is selected when ‘bold’ is pressed, then current word will be bolded).

GhostEdit was particularly challenging from a technical point of view, due to the incredibly buggy nature of browsers’ contenteditable implementations. This necessitated the overriding of browser default actions when the ‘enter’ and ‘backspace’ keys are pressed, among other things. Adding to the complexity was the fact that older versions of IE have a completely different range implementation.