The core of my skillset is front end, including expertise in React, page load performance, accessibility and authoring UI component libraries. I also have 8 years’ solid experience of Node.js.
I understand every angle of a successful agile team including user-centred research and design, continuous delivery, TDD, test automation & strategy, pairing and shared ownership of quality and dev-ops.
Which? is a powerful brand in the UK, combining highly trusted product reviews with consumer advice and campaigning.
Their web site attracts millions of visits each month and helps drive their large subscription base. The project was a responsive rebuild of the Home Entertainment Reviews segment, beginning with TVs.
TV reviews are presented with high-impact use of 3D rotating images overlayed with tech highlights and the all-important Which? score and review breakdown. Review sections were loaded with pushstate for speed. We integrated with other review APIs such as Reevoo and Pluck.
Working with Rails for the first time and understanding more of the web stack was very empowering; when this contract ended I immediately sought out another using Rails. It has its weaknesses - the Asset Pipeline is a bit too tightly integrated with the front end for comfort - but the speed and ease that you can piece together and debug an app will be a revelation to any front end dev.