Hi there! I’m Martin, a 30-something website developer from the sunny east coast of South Africa, the warm city of Durban.
I have over 15 years of experience in website development and I’m currently employed as a Senior Software Engineer at Jellyfish.
I have worked for a few digital agencies in my time and once even ran my own company.
At my core, I’m aa skilled PHP back-end developer with a strong understanding of PHP – I specialize in content management systems such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, but it doesn’t stop there.
I started my career back in 2004 with a very strong focus on Microsoft technologies such as ASP, ASP.net, IIS, Access databases and Visual Basic 6. Slowly I upskilled myself in PHP and open source technologies and haven’t looked back since.
As a kid, I was always fascinated with computers – in my early teens, if I wasn’t tinkering with or gaming on my 386 (insert Doom, Sierra Quest games, Commander Keen nostalgia here), I was fascinated with DOS applications and started learning QBASIC and Turbo Pascal. By my mid-teens, I had discovered the magic of HTML and CSS (thanks to rocking Microsoft Frontpage 98 on my Intel Pentium II).
Straight out of school I knew what I wanted to do; programming. In 2004 I got a national certificate in Computer Science, landed my first job by the end of 2004 at a small GIS company and the rest was history.
When I’m not busy coding for a living, you’ll highly likely find me at home gaming on my PC/PS4/Switch, online gaming with my wife and mates, headbanging to metal or watching series, movies or anime. My other hobbies include tinkering with tech, listening to music or dabbling in coding side projects. You’ll also find me taking the dogs for a walk, going for a jog or spending time with my wife.
Open-source is very important to me and I embrace open-source technologies and software in both a professional and personal capacity.
The appeal of a collaborative effort, open standards and not being dependent on the company or author that originally created it are just some of the reasons I find open-source so attractive.
From choosing to use open-source technologies like PHP, MariaDB, WordPress, Drupal, Laravel and Python at work, to using open-source software such as Linux, Visual Studio Code, GIMP, Firefox and VLC in a personal capacity. When given a choice, I’ll likely opt for an open-source solution.