My name is Dave Kinsella and I have been designing and developing websites and web applications since 1994.
I originally began training in computer programming back when COBOL and PASCAL were the main languages on the curriculum. I soon got bored of this and dropped out – only to find work as a database programmer (DBase III). After a short spell of this I re-enrolled in college to study Graphic Design.
Whilst working as a designer for a blue-chip corporate communications department, I started to get interested in the Internet – the WWW was beginning to take dominance over Usenet and dial-in BBS systems. I decided that I wanted to get involved.
Armed with a Compuserve account, a 2.4 kbps modem and the ability to “view source” I built my first web page. I don’t remember the details but I recall that it was a centred, single column of comic sans text in various garish colours – as was the design trend at the time.
Since then I think I’ve improved my skills somewhat and picked up experience in several programming languages too. A long stint working on intranet applications for a large company taught me a lot about business objectives, requirements gathering and when to abandon an non-viable project.
I currently freelance under a variety of different job titles, my favourite being “Creative Technologist”. This often requires me to pick up and attempt to deliver projects which have gotten a little out of control. If anything, it’s this frustration of jobs like that which drives me to find more efficient ways of working and evaluating approaches to projects.
Why Web developer 2.0?
I admit that originally it was a bit of a play on the Web 2.0 meme but it also represents my own professional evolution from design and development to a more strategic role.
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