PHP Development, New Zealand
In the old days, I used to put my hand to FORTRAN, VMS, Pascal, VB, VBA, C, Postscript: All deeply unfashionable now.
Currently, I work for three organisations:
- GraphicDetail, who are a web, media and design agency in Auckland. I’ve helped them on a couple of WordPress sites
- ISpyHorses, who had developed an excellent trading platform for people interested in horses, ponies and all matters equestrian. This required the addition of credit-card payment modules plus handfuls of other new features and amendments to help efficient management of the site functions.
- QVisual on MimoCare PHP software to help elderly people live comfortably at home. Also, I have made e-commerce modules for a gym, allowing customers to select their courses and pay by credit-card. And a JQuery Calendar for a similar gym, letting people book sessions on courts. As a spin-off, we created MimoCool, a system for remotely monitoring fridge temperatures, in cases where medical supplies might be inadvertently spoiled.
I do a little work for UrbanBlinds. Some very smart people in Auckland (hi, Little Giant), developed a site based on Silverstripe 3, highly customised and including heavy use of JQuery. I took over for maintenance and enhancements, such as the addition of new blind types, Google tracking and extra pages to explain the services offered to customers.
Time-travelling backwards: In 2011, I was getting to know the excellent Silverstripe PHP CMS while working with the smart branding team at Brian R Richards. I was impressed by the ease of templating in Silverstripe, combined with bespoke database development, without being forbiddingly complicated, though I’m not sure that’s still true. Earlier, I was using PHP Zend Framework (ZF) for Colenso and a NZ bank. Many years ago, I installed OpenCart ecommerce projects and implemented Paypal to manage online purchases for an educational software company.
Prior to that, I was involved in two other dollops of Paypal integration: for PharmaHealth I have created a Shopping Cart for online sales; and for Kenpo Karate I prepared the entry form for their 2010 Tournament at Eden Park Auckland, including Paypal payments for fees and extras. I find that Paypal is a bit of a challenge as there are huge numbers of options, and a deluge of documentation. However, it’s the standard and familiar to customers around the world, which makes it commendable.
If you have a need for a website where you can update the content, and you don’t like talking to the pin-stripe suits, please let me know.