Meet Chris Ward


Biography

As a self taught person in computers and programming since 1983, I have enjoyed programming and creating whatever I could to keep learning. I started learning web development in 1998. I have mainly used PHP since 2000, but I have also have developed using: ASP, VisualBasic, Coldfusion, and Python Django. I enjoy learning new things, ideas, and concepts. I enjoy finding ways to do something better than the last time I did a project. As most developers may say when looking at code they did 10 years ago "What the heck was I doing?". Of course my only defense is that, when I started, there wasn't really such things as frameworks, but it has been a blessing to use them now.

In 2000 I was just starting to get my hands into Linux administration, and by 2004 I was creating my own servers with Slackware. Installing Apache, MySQL, Bind, DHCPD, and Sendmail just to name a few.

Most of all my skills have been primarily applications for use with companies. This involved making a functional front end, with developing the database schema for data. I am not ashamed to admit that I am not a high end Front-End developer, I will leave that to the graphic designers. However, I know how to keep it simple, and use increased security with forms. I am a fan of using 2 way encryption on certain fields to ensure data integrity and prevent form tampering.

Skills

  • PHP
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • SQL
  • Python
  • ASP
  • Coldfusion
  • PERL
  • Laravel
  • Codeigniter
  • CakePHP
  • DJango
  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap< CSS
  • Logical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Linux
  • Windows
  • Databases
  • Nginx
  • Apache
  • DNS
  • Firewall
  • Mail
  • DHCP

Projects

  • http://www.wirefire.com (no longer exists)
    • Year: 2000
    • PHP / MySQL
    • A web application that allowed customers to customize their homepage with a choice of sections an the position of the sections. Created a "builder" tool for them to customize the look of the homepage with what they wanted to have (News, Mail, Finance, and more).
  • WBOB http://wbob.wirefire.com (no longer exists)
    • Year: 2001
    • Coldfusion / MySQL
    • An internal application to manage wireless customer data.
  • DSG http://dsg.wvfibernet.net (Was in use as of 2015)
    • Year: 2005
    • PHP / MySQL
    • My largest application that I have developed. No framework used, custom JavaScript functions for AJAX. This application was to replace an Access DB with forms. To keep the functionality of typing and editing at the same time I used javascript and Ajax to accomplish this. Over the course of 5+ years I had kept developing more functionality as requested by managers. This system decreased customer provisioning time from 30 minutes to 5 minutes or less. This application also provided the necessary reports for FCC data entry forms.
  • http://www.wvcopy.com
    • Year: 2006
    • PHP / MySQL
    • Created an admin interface for the customer to upload image files with digital processing for storage and fill out assocated wells information and store into the database and server. Sreamlined the process to make it much easier for the customer.

Projects

  • http://www.onlymymatch.com
    • Year: 2012
    • PHP CakePHP -> Codeigniter -> Larvel / MySQL
    • A dating website that I created with a bidirectional database searching algorithm for matches.
  • http://www.ysotd.com
    • Year: 2013
    • PHP Larvel / MySQL
    • A website that plays a song for the day.
  • http://esoauction.c-w-services.com
    • Year: 2015
    • PHP Laravel / MySQL
    • A website that has auctions which uses javascript library APE to push bid updates to all clients looking at the site. This was my playing with making an auction site that could be used. It was used for a little bit but I have not been back to push the use. However it is functional and working.
  • http://geo.c-w-services.com
    • Year: 2015
    • PHP Laravel / MySQL
    • A website that I used to experiment with writing an API service.