It’s that time of year again.. time to update my portfolio! This past year has been pretty exciting for me as I’ve gained skills in four major areas:
The second is tech lead/management. On two very large scale projects (Heartland and Smartbear) I was assigned as the front end tech lead. I led teams of 4-5 front end developers, and my responsibilities included: creating an organized structure and process for the entire front end portion of the site, creating standards to be used from start to finish, breaking up potions of the site to assign as tasks for each developer, reviewing my teams work and creating QA tickets when necessary, and communicating frequently with the project manager to make sure the whole team is on the same page. I am a bit of a control/organizational freak by nature, so this new role was very enjoyable and exciting to me. It was a great feeling to see both sites launch smoothly, and to feel like I was a part of that success. I hope to lead more projects this year.
The third is SASS. All I have to say about SASS is it has changed my life and I will NEVER not use sass for a project. SASS allows me to write super minimal, super organized, and super clean styles.. and that makes me a very happy developer.
The fourth is Responsive Development. I was involved in a large scale project (Heartland Payment Systems) that consisted of a main corporate site and dozens of branching subsites. Each site needed to be responsive, but my team was not provided with mobile designs. So, we used our best judgement to make the sites scale nicely and appropriately. We did this by developing for ‘mobile first’ and using lots of percentages for widths. We used media queries and appropriate breakpoints (no more than 3 or 4 per site), to adjust styles as necessary as the display grew from mobile phone, to tablet, and finally to full desktop viewing. The results were sites that scaled beautifully, no matter what device you were viewing it in. This project was a great experience for learning to develop responsively, and I was pumped to have learned how simple it was.