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Front End Web Developer

Graduate of the Computer Science (Web Development) programme at Griffith College, Dublin. Interested in full-time, part-time and internship positions throughout Ireland. Currently freelancing.

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Portfolio

Background

The following projects - together with this particular website - are wholly my own concepts and have been predominantly hand-coded without frameworks, themes or content management systems. They each sprang, directly or indirectly, from my studies at Griffith and, while they have evolved into real world commercial entities, the work was carried out without financial renumeration.

The reward, instead, was the chance to garner real world application and exposure. I remain grateful to the representatives of each client body for being courageous enough to trust an eager cadet with their websites and providing me with such invaluable opportunities to hone my craft.

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The Dingle Gate Hostel, Co. Kerry (March 2017)

The Dingle Gate Hostel website

This website was my most challenging to date but represents my most sophisticated work. The original site (created some time ago by another developer) was informative, but somewhat dated. It was also static and non mobile-responsive. This project began life as a major college assignment, but morphed into my first three-tier architecture commercial venture - of which I effectively remain the web master. No third party content management system or frameworks were used and the large MySQL database was designed and built from scratch. In fact, everything from the logo design to the room and blog management system was self-created and hand-coded. Much of the photographic content is my own and, unlike previous projects, large portions of the textual content were also self-generated. A primary feature of this website is its custom-built content management system, allowing the client to fully manage the textual and graphical components on each and every page. The website has been launched, but work is ongoing. A full customer login and booking facility is planned for the next tourist season.

HTML Validation ✔  
Domain Transfer ✔  
Hosting Setup ✔  
CPanel Management ✔  
Graphical Content Creation ✔  
Textual Content Creation ✔  
Room & Booking System ✔  
Blog Administration ✔  
Content Management System ✔  
SEO Feedback ✔  

dinglegatehostel.com

MEP Design Services, Surrey, UK (September 2016)

MEP Design Services website

The client for this assignment was a small start-up engineering company in Sutton, Surrey that had recently launched a simple one-pager primarily to acquire web presence. The website was essentially a text block on unscalable backgrounds which did not have any navigation features. Furthermore, the contact form was not emailing to the client as it hadn't been configured. It appeared to have been created using a free WordPress theme and had some residual idle links and features still present. The brief was to take the limited content and re-create the one-pager so that it both functioned and had a professional feel. The main challenge proved to be issues involving the domain and hosting. The client was unhappy with its current provider, so I helped advise and organise a domain transfer and hosting setup. This website will possibly be upgraded in 2017 as the company expands.

HTML Validation ✔  
Domain Transfer ✔  
Hosting Setup ✔  
CPanel Management ✔  
Graphical Content Refinement ✔  
Textual Content Refinement ✔  

mepdesignservices.co.uk

Ecotec Building Services Engineers, London, UK (August 2016)

Ecotec Building Services Engineers website

This project spanning the summer of 2016 was commissioned for an engineering company in north London. The client required a modern, mobile-friendly website detailing the company's prior projects and services. An important factor in the brief was the client's wish for concision. The result was a home page that runs like a one-pager, presenting the essential content from the company's background to its contact details up front - but with dedicated pages that expand on individual projects and services. The website was hand-coded using HTML, CSS and Javascript and was the first to feature a PHP contact form.

HTML Validation ✔  
Domain Setup ✔  
Hosting Setup ✔  
CPanel Management ✔  
Graphical Content Refinement ✔  
Textual Content Refinement ✔  

ecotecbse.co.uk

GKA Architects, Melbourne, Australia (April 2016)

GKA Architects website

My first commercial venture - for a prominent architectural firm in Northcote, Victoria, Australia - was something of a baptism of fire. It was carried out in tandem with (but not related to) my initial studies in HTML and CSS at Griffith College. Given the nature of the client's industry, the brief featured an overriding emphasis on the site's large-screen desktop appearance. One very challenging aspect in particular was fulfilling the client's unconventional requirement that menu items be located at the top and bottom of each of the three image windows on the home page. The client also requested that blubs in each section drop-down or up from these menu items on rollover. This resulted in my having to find many novel solutions in order for the website to function on smaller screens and represented my first serious foray into media queries. The website launched in spring 2016 and has been maintained since. The client continues to be provided with SEO analytics and feedback.

HTML Validation ✔  
CPanel Management ✔  
Graphical Content Refinement ✔  
SEO Feedback ✔  

gkaarchitects.com.au
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Bio

Skills Conversion

Until a few years ago, I would have stated English Language Teacher in any situation requiring a declaration of occupation; now, though, I am definitively a Web Developer, having completed an intensive Level 8 Springboard course at Griffith College. I achieved First Class Honours (1:1) for the academic stage and have put my burgeoning skills in HTML5, CSS, PHP and MySQL to extensive practice, privately launching four live websites to date.

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Technology & Me

I have an intense curiosity about our relationship with technology and have read books by Andrew Keen and Dr Mary Aiken on the subject. While neither a technophile nor a technophobe, I believe innovation only truly transcends when it compliments and enriches our humanity - essentially, allowing us to 'be human better'. This is exactly what the Internet and the Web can and should do.

Just Me

I'm a Dubliner, but have spent a fair chunk of my adult life in Sligo, truly the land of heart's desire. Despite my recent career reboot, I retain a strong interest in language and education and my life experiences in these fields have greatly shaped my character. When I'm not sharpening my coding skills, I while away at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield and enjoy trekking the trails of this fair isle; my eyes were made for film but my feet were unmistakably made for walking! I enjoy learning about other cultures and have lived in France, Korea and Taiwan. My absolute favourite smell is that of strong brewing coffee.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Personal Details

Name:

Conor Brendan Doyle


Address:

29 Castleknock Elms


Laurel Lodge


Dublin 15


Ireland


Mobile:
+353 (0)85-2265425
Email:

Date of Birth:

17 December, 1975


Place of Birth:

Dublin


Nationality:

Irish


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Third Level Educational Background

Griffith College Dublin (2016-2017)
Higher Diploma in Computer Science (Web Development)
(Academic Stage 1:1 - Pending completion of work placement stage)

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University College Dublin (2013-2015)
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
(1:1 – First Class Honours)

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Institute of Technology, Sligo (1994-1997 & 1998-1999)
Bachelor of Business Studies - Marketing & French (2:1 - 1999)
National Diploma in European Business with French (Distinction - 1997)
(One semester spent at l’Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Tourcoing, France (1996))

I.T. Industry Professional Experience

July 2015 – :
Freelance web developer

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January 2000 – January 2005 & April 2008 – June 2008:

  Transware Inc. (now Welocalize)

Unit 4, Abbeyville Centre, Cranmore Road, Sligo /
Block A, Cherrywood Business Park, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18

multi-media localizer (localization of IT software) ✔
testing & QA ✔
lead trainer to new staff ✔
responsible for departmental ISO instructional documentation ✔
editor of online employee magazine ✔

Skills & Achievements

2017: Achieved 'A' grades in UI Design, PHP, Relational Databases & six other modules following completion of Level 8 Springboard course in Web Development ✔

2016: Proficiency in HTML5 and CSS ✔

2015: Successfully completed minor thesis (15,000 words) on native-speakerism within the English Language Teaching industry of South Korea ✔

2011: Constructed instructional admin procedures website for all international staff members at Gyeongju University in South Korea ✔

2009: Awarded Saxoncourt Young Learner Teacher Training certificate (30 hours) ✔

2008: Awarded ACELS CELT TEFL certificate (120 hours) ✔

2007: Successfully completed term living in another cultural environment ✔

2004: Awarded the Phoenix TEFL certificate (3 days) ✔

2004: President’s Silver Medal Award for innovation – Transware Inc. ✔

2002: Annual teamwork award – Transware Inc. ✔

1999: French Embassy in Ireland award for highest result in French - I.T., Sligo ✔

1997: Governing Body medal (Course student of the year) - I.T., Sligo ✔

1994: Course student of the year - Plunket College ✔

TESOL Industry Professional Experience

July 2012 – August 2012:

  Centre Of English Studies

Mercy College Campus, St Brendan’s Drive, Dublin 5

English instructor ✔
curriculum developer ✔

March 2010 – February 2012:

  Gyeongju University

Taejong-Ro 188, Seondo-dong, Gyeongju City, Korea

English instructor ✔
curriculum developer ✔
lead admin trainer to new international staff ✔

January 2009 – January 2010:

  Shane English School

Fuxing Road, Jhong-He, Taipei County, Taiwan

English teacher (to both kids and adults) ✔
curriculum developer ✔

May 2005 – December 2007:

  GnB English Academy

260-30 (2F), YeomPo-Dong, Buk-gu, Ulsan, Korea

English teacher (to both kids and adults) ✔
curriculum developer ✔

October 1997 – May 1998:

  Collège Marcel Pierrel

13 avenue des Martyrs de la Résistance, 48100 Marvejols, France

assistant English teacher (to teens) ✔

Hobbies & Interests

International cinema: Member of the Irish Film Institute since 2002 and the Sligo Film Society in 2002-3.

Listening to music: Most genres, but especially electronica, world and jazz.

Writing: Film and music reviews and poetry.

Irish and World History: Reading history books and watching TV documentaries.

Sports: Jogging, hill-walking & soccer.

Referees

Karol Moran
Solutions Engineer
Welocalize (formerly Transware)
Blk A, Cherrywood Bus Pk,
Loughlinstown, Dublin 18,
Ireland

Dr. Yong-Seok Choi
Senior Professor
Gyeongju University
Taejong-Ro 188,
Seondo-dong, Gyeongju City
South Korea

Dr. Goodith White
Director of the Applied Languages Centre (2013-15)
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4,
Ireland

Contact details provided on request

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Let's Collaborate

To meet the final requirement of the Springboard programme at Griffith College, I am particularly eager to secure an internship position at an exciting young start-up. I am also available for pro bono one-off project hire, with preference given to charitable and community organisations. If you believe your venture deserves a free website, kindly click and complete the project questionnaire below.