Mike Simmonds
Lead Developer

I'm a PHP, Ruby and JavaScript developer addicted to all things digital. Living in Sussex and working in London at Caspian Media. Fancy a chat? Get in touch.

About

Work

I love to share knowledge and explore new ideas with other developers. I often go to web gatherings to listen to talks and keep up to speed. I care deeply about the projects I work on, be design or development and I have an obsessive eye for detail. Some call it a party trick, but I'm proud of being able to spot elements a pixel out and code errors at a distance!

Personal

When I'm not working, I love spending time with my son, Charlie, and taking lots of photos. I'm also a keen runner.

Employment

March 2009 - Present
Caspian Media

Lead developer, responsible for the architecture and making sure the business is on the cutting edge, as well as overseeing the work of other developers. View recommendations on LinkedIn.

August 2002 - March 2009
Sainsbury's

Online co-ordinator, managing a department of 50, scheduling deliveries and store route planning.

Experience

2013
Real Deals

realdeals.eu.com
Responsive design – a first for the private equity industry – with a focus on legacy browser support.

2013
Router.js

github.com/simmo/router.js
Simple, lightweight, Library-independent JavaScript router. Triggers callbacks based on URIs. Supports fixed, optional and splat parameters.

2013
Atkins: Angles

angles.atkinsglobal.com
Responsive web app, built on Wordpress, making use of HTML5 cache and pushstate for super-fast loading and offline portfolio.

2012
Real Business

realbusiness.co.uk
Responsive design for an ad-driven site with a large user base.

2012
Vue

github.com/simmo/vue
CSS media query monitor that can be included on any page and will tell what media queries are active.

Education

2002 - 2004
Central Sussex College

  • Web development
  • computing
  • IT
  • photography

1997 - 2002
Oathall

10 GCSEs

Skills

Languages

  • PHP
  • Ruby/Ruby on Rails
  • HTML5
  • HTML Emails
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript/CoffeeScript/JQuery
  • Templating (Twig, Liquid)

Software & Systems

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • Git
  • Subversion
  • Google Analytics
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • TextMate
  • Wordpress
  • cross-browser/legacy testing