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Steve Balance

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Steve Balance – Code Is Art

I’m a Freelance Programmer/Web Developer who has been working with the internet & programming since 1998 (a long time!).

After leaving school, I trained in Psychiatric Nursing which I did for 8 long years, until I decided in 1998 I needed a change of career. I studied for a Beng in Multimedia Systems(hons) at Napier University, Edinburgh where my Thesis was on Web based Virtual Environments. Worked for the Graphics & Multimedia Resource Centre at The University of Edinburgh as well as for the Edinburgh Virtual Environment Centre (EDVEC) where I did 3D programming for a haptics based interface in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art. I then went on to do a funded Msc in Interactive Multimedia at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh then a Phd in Mobile Agents.

My main work comes from long term relationships with various digital agencies in Manchester, Scotland & the Netherlands, although my work has taken me to working on projects in such far flung places as Marrakech, Morocco for a 6 month stint!

I also do oodles of web sites for individual clients on a freelance basis, mainly for independent businesses and start-ups.

I specialise in mainly Back-end programming using PHP, Ruby and Python. I do Front-end development for CMS systems such as the WordPress and Magento platforms and bespoke Theme development and custom plugins, where off the shelf solutions can’t be easily found.

Certified PHP developer with skills in MySQL, Perl, Apache, Linux, .NET / C#, Cocoa,Coldfusion.

WordPress intallation, theme modification, troubleshooting and development

Concrete5, CMSMS, Joomla, OS-Commerce, OSCMax, ZenCart.

Qualified Software Engineer with 14 years experience in MVC, Database optimization, server clustering, Virtualization and AWS EC2, S3 support, KVM, ESXi

I also do Salesforce integrations. My favorite environment is PHP, Nginx/Apache, Postgres, Symphony2, Composer.

I’m also sometimes contracted to do Penetration Testing/Ethical Hacking for various financial and health organisations which is in reality, simply testing web applications for exploits and making recommendation to keep data secure.

I’m on of those people who luckily has an appreciation for the Visual side of things combined with the technical aspects of web programming.

http://code-is-art.co.uk – under development.

 

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