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Hey! My name is Stuart Jones, a JavaScript developer and travelling enthusiast from Cardiff. The purpose of this website is to tell you a little bit about myself and showcase my projects.

I am currently contracting at Perkbox as a React Native developer in London where I am helping improve their native processes and adding features to their iOS and Android apps to bring them up to the same level as their website.

My main passion is JavaScript, specialising in web and mobile app development. I also enjoy learning new technologies, most recently React, Progressive Web Apps and Accelerated Mobile Pages. Away from computers I love exploring new places, having visited 50 countries. My last trip included Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Kiev and Chernobyl.

Work

React Native Contractor at Perkbox; London (July 2018 - Present):
  • Created the recognition and reward native features using React Native and Typescript
  • Introduced React Apollo to the frontend team as an alternative to Redux, all new features now use React Apollo
  • Integrated getStream notification stream and Salesforce SDK for push notifications as part of a PoC
  • Setup Detox end-to-end testing on iOS with GitLab pipelines
Front End Engineer at Homelyfe; London (April 2017 - July 2018):
  • Working as part of a team to develop and maintain iOS, Android and web apps
  • React Native for mobile and React for web using monolithic architecture
  • Full unit test coverage on core modules using Jest
  • Setup Detox end-to-end testing on Android and iOS and Puppeteer for web
  • Developed a markdown parser which outputs web and native components
  • Integrated many third-party packages including Firebase, Zendesk and Social login
  • Worked with Continuous Integration tools such as Bitrise and Octopus Deploy
  • Contributed to Detox and Zendesk open source projects
  • Fast moving insurance start-up, working in an agile environment
App Developer at Easyodds; London (July 2015 - March 2017):
  • Sole responsibility for several cross platform Android and iOS apps in React Native and Cordova
  • Lead the application development life-cycle from the initial planning to full release on Google Play and App Store
  • App Store Optimisation to rank mobile apps at the top of the search rankings
  • Designed logos, splash screens, wireframes and other app artwork using Photoshop
  • Worked on multiple PHP REST API’s to deliver JSON data to the mobile and web apps
  • Developed MySQL databases to store betting odds data and app content
  • Maintained Linux servers in the UK and Australia
  • Implemented Redis which enabled us to cache most of the API endpoints, massively improving load times
App Developer at Hoffi Limited; Cardiff (October 2014 - June 2015):
  • Part time work during my final year at uni where I worked on several web and cross platform mobile projects using HTML5 technologies
  • Helped out with the Sustrans cycle app using Phonegap and Cordova which delivers content to users based off their GPS location
  • Hoffi sponsored my final year project where I created a website and mobile app which interacted with iBeacons to determine a user’s indoor location and deliver exclusive content depending where they were in the room
Web Developer at Cardiff University; Cardiff (July 2013 - June 2014):
  • My year in industry as part of my Computer Science degree
  • Developed an iOS and Android app in Cordova to help Autistic children communicate their pain to health professionals
  • Created a responsive web app so users could learn Welsh, before converting it into a mobile app using Cordova
  • Built a drug conversion app which allowed doctors to convert dosages of medication between drugs
  • Dealt with clients, worked to deadlines, managed and calculated the costs of projects
  • Worked as part of a team migrating old Joomla sites to WordPress, creating child themes and plugins which were used across many University sites
  • Performed important backups and updates to the WordPress server using a Linux environment

Education

Computer Science BSc at Cardiff University (2011 - 2015):
  • First Year: 66%
  • Second Year: 69%
  • Third Year (Placement year): 76%
  • Fourth Year: 75%

Degree Classification: First Class Honours