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Andy Boot

Web Developer, Husband & Father


account_circle About me

A talented and creative web developer specialising in .Net, PHP & VB technologies within web, desktop and server applications, as well as an experienced IT service desk support analyst.

At a young age of 14 I went to college to learn the basics of the web and HTML development in a early world of the web. From there I was self-taught to learn more development methods and technologies where I used them for hobby and work purposes. At age 26 I was given the opportunity to do this full time where I'm employed to build web sites for clients from many industry sectors throughout the UK.

I'm also proud husband to Samantha and father to Joseph & Noah who all make my life complete.

Contact me

Leeds & Bradford, United Kingdom
website@boot.email
http://www.andyboot.co.uk/

My Skills
ASP.Net C# Web Forms
Kentico CMS
Wordpress API
Wordpress Templates
Adobe Photoshop
Bootstrap v3
CSS3
HTML5
JavaScript & JQuery
Visual Basic (Classic ASP, VBS, VBA)
Microsoft SQL Server
Microdata Meta Markup for SEO
Windows Operating Systems
Problem Solving
Team Player
Telephony Skills

work Professional Profile

Comprehensive experience blending technical skills and creative vision in analyst roles. Demonstrated success creating and implementing innovative solutions resulting in enhanced automation and increasing profitability.

  • Incident / Program Management
  • Software Development Lifecycle
  • Analytical
  • Adaptable / Versatile
  • Approachable / Friendly
  • Source / Version Control
  • Project Management
  • Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Grasps New Concepts and Ideas Quickly
  • Web Site & Application Deployment / Administration

group_work Work Experience

Web Developer

pixelbuilders Apr 2014 to present

After a successful period of visiting Pixel Builders, I was offered a full time position following my redundancy from The Lewis Group. Since joining the team as a full time member, I have been given a vast amount of projects to build, test & release web sites and web systems for a range of well-known brands and other clients. The build of these projects initially required a rapid knowledge injection to understand the technologies and languages.

Voluntary Interim Web Developer

pixelbuilders Nov 2013 to Mar 2014

To further my career in the web development industry, I offered my free time during the week to focus my attention on honing and enhancing my skills and knowledge in a professional environment.

Developer

The Lewis Group 2008 to Mar 2014

Given the opportunity to work alongside the dedicated development team top focus on and enhance VB development for Windows based and web applications. This involved:

  • Support and development to the Investigation departments’ client reporting and invoicing website
  • Creation of VBA scripts to generate structured files for FTP transfer (based on client specification)
  • Updating & converting Visual Basic 6 based applications to .Net equivalents
  • Planned, developed, built and supported a web based HR system for inputting, tracking and generating management information for absences and time management
  • Administering an Intranet system for 300+ employees. Arranged meetings with department representatives to lead a working group to progress the self-development of the resource. Ensured the system was up to date with the latest updates and patches from Intranet Connections (www.intranetconnections.com)
  • For the last 12 months, this role has also extended to include the development of scripts within the Infrastructure team to improve the efficiency e.g. the deployment of the asset management agent to all workstations and servers
  • Maintain and provide training sessions for the Infrastructure Team to maintain the network logon script based on the Kixtart language
Service Desk Analyst

The Lewis Group 2006 to Mar 2014

Responsible for the day-to-day delivery of 1st line support to a highly regulated business across 3 sites. This involved:

  • Build, deployment and commissioning of Microsoft Windows Desktops to defined standards e.g. PCI DSS through both manual and MDT deployment methods
  • Day-to-day management, including configuration, of an Avaya Definity PBX
  • Incident and Problem Management – aiming to minimise both the number and severity of incidents and potential problems experienced by the business through the delivery of a knowledgeable service and a stable desktop environment
  • Providing day-to-day support to the organisation on all aspects of application software and operating systems
  • Responsible for all technical support standard operating procedures and knowledgebase including documents for non-technical staff
  • Build, deployment and maintenance of a PGP Encryption Server and supporting the user base of 55 users
  • Administration of ManageEngine Service Desk Plus, the Service Desk’s incident management system. This included setting up support groups, business rules, SLA’s and configuration of bespoke management reports
  • In the absence of the Service Desk Team Leader, provided day-to-day management of Service Desk staff – direct, control, motivate and mentor staff; resource planning
  • Implemented, documented and provided the business with a monthly Service Desk Newsletter to advise end users of updates within the IT department, useful “How To” tips and other pertinent information
Junior Technical Services Analyst

The Lewis Group 2005 to 2006

To support all users by the timely and accurate resolution of computer related problems in 4 office locations:

  • Resolved such incidents relating to difficulties with the use of all LAN-connected PC’s and file servers and associated equipment and software
  • Prepares, builds, configures and tests computer hardware in line with company requirements
  • Network support and administration – Supporting and administering Active Directory. The server environment was a mixture of Windows 2003/2008 R2 Servers. Exchange 2010 and a server cluster for file and print resources are two of the main administration
  • 1st line support and administration –The clients operating systems supported are Windows XP and 7 using Microsoft Office 2003 - 2010. Supporting over 300 users across 3 sites main sites in the UK as well as remote users
  • Backup cycle maintenance and completion - Completing and maintaining the backup cycle of daily, weekly and monthly backups
e-skills4industry Placement Scheme

The Lewis Group 2004 to 2005

The e-skills4industry scheme was designed to provide structured Information Technology training and work experience to 16-18 year olds who have decided to follow a non-academic route.

As a candidate of the course, I was allocated a placement with the lewis group for 6 months with the following aim:

  • Gaining experience within an IT support team and communication skills in supporting end users for general computer related issues
  • Taking helpful advice and guidance from a mentor who in the end made a recommendation for full time employment with The Lewis Group

The role included but was not limited to:

  • 1st line support
  • Active Directory administration
  • Novell NDS administration
  • Workstation build, deployment and maintenance

Education

Certifications
  • Kentico Certified Developer For Kentico 9
  • British Red Cross – Manual Handling (Expired)
Microsoft Certified Training
  • 2824B – Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004
  • 2285B – Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Park Lane College

Leeds 2003 to 2004

e-skills4industry course sponsored by the Government and Deloitte & Touché

  • ECDL (European Computer Driving License)
  • 6 months work placement at The Lewis Group
Joseph Priestley College

Leeds 2001 to 2002

NCFE Certificate In Telematics (Intermediate)

  • Making efficient use of the Internet
  • Developing Web Pages (HTML)
Morley High School

Leeds 1999 to 2003

  • GCSE - 2 Grade C’s in English and Mathematics and 5 Grade D’s
  • GNVQ Information and Communication Technology – Intermediate Level.

I have collated all of my past and present work into the below categories where a single piece of work may have relevance within one or more areas.

Note: Due to Non Disclosure Agreements I am unable to provide client or domain names.

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Kentico

An all-in-one ASP.NET CMS that fully integrates Web Content Management, E-commerce, Online Marketing, and Intranet on one platform. An industry leading content management platform that allows the content editor to easily create, update and manage new and existing content on site.

I have been privileged to work on versions 5.5 to 9, however began building new sites from v8. In March 2016 I became a Kentico Certified Developer.

Note: Due to a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) I am unable to provide client or domain names.

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WordPress

Once a blogging system, it has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes.

I just love developing a WordPress site due to the simplicity of the database structure, powerful core coding and ease of adding fantastic functionality via plugins.

Note: Due to a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) I am unable to provide client or domain names.

Undisclosed Hospice 1
Undisclosed Hospice 1 This hospice care and support patients with life-limiting illnesses.

We delivered a single online resource to accommodate all the information related to their hospice as well as communicate their work and services.

The website was developed using Kentico v9, This solution allows the flexibility the hospice needs to ensure this website can remain in use for the foreseeable future, without the need to redesign or redevelop core functionality. Equipped with key eCommerce and donation functionality all integrated with Sage Pay to provide an easy and secure method for completing financial transactions.
LifeforceFM
LifeforceFM Made to order by Lifeforce Productions based in Leeds, United Kingdom. The website was built to host their online community radio station featuring access to a live radio broadcast, presenters profiles, show dates/times, playlists and much more.

With the joint and managerial efforts of Richard Coleman who acted as liaison between the client and myself, the end result was an impressive masterpiece.

Launched May 2010.

Unfortunately Lifeforce Productions are no longer hosting LifeforceFM.com and was last seen active on the internet Feb 2011. We hope to see it back again one day guys! :)

Code base: Classic ASP
3D Design
3D Design In my early years I got addicted to a game produced by Westwood Studios and Electronic Arts called Command & Conquer (C&C) Renegade, the first and currently last First Person Shooter in the C&C series. The game came bundled with both single and multi player game modes. The single player wasn't anything to write home about, though for a game of its genre, at the time it was an achievement. The multiplayer on the other hand delivered multiple amounts of fun with it's "C&C Mode" gameplay.

If you remember the original C&C game from 1995 (DOS/Win95/PS1/Sega Saturn) you will recall the story being about 2 armies, Brotherhood of Nod & the Global Defence Initiative (GDI) fighting for territory and an alien crystal named Tiberium, named after the Tiber River in Italy where it originally impacted Earth. Tiberium spreads like wildfire and roots itself into soil causing it to be difficult to eradicate. While uncontrollable it would be, it is deadly to humans but also has valuable qualities making it profitable to refine and use for sale or as an energy source. Just think of Tiberium as an alien form of oil and you get the picture. So here we have 2 armies fighting for territory and using Tiberium as their energy source and bank balance.

C&C Renegade came with this game mode model bundled in with Multiplayer mode. Instead of there being a player building bases and ordering infantry and vehicles about the map, you were instead one of those infantry or vehicle units fighting at ground level with the other players in your faction. Buildings were strategically positioned and you as the player had the job of upgrading your soldier with more powerful weapons and/or purchasing a military vehicle. If you were an army of 16 players fighting 16 other players it would be almost impossible to be victorious by yourself which resulted in you working as a team and communicating with team players to become victorious.

As you can tell, I was a big fan of this game, the series and gameplay. So much so I wanted to add a touch of my own creativity to create new environments, vehicles, weapons, buildings, etc. Below you can see many examples of my work, some I agree are a bit tacky, but others I'm quite proud of.

One of my biggest projects was an annual map called Snow Fight. Snowfight was my first map released in December 2004 and as the name suggests it was practically a snowball fight, but using existing weapons and replacing bullets with snowballs. The following years to come I improved the series by adding more detail and custom models replacements.
Kev Lockwood Photography
Kev Lockwood Photography Kev Lockwood is a freelance photographer. He came to me and asked for a website where he could host and sell his work to just about anybody visiting his site. His website offers a bespoke basic eCommerce system I built from scratch which offers product variants including photo & frame sizes, frame styles and PayPal as a secure payment method.

Built using Classic ASP and with a database engine running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.

Date of completion: June 1, 2010