20th June 2014

what a year that was

I had been able to program basic HTML, CSS and javascript websites for some time but now I was ready to be taught the good stuff. My first project was built on the WordPress platform which I had little previous experience working with. This required me to learn quickly and I did just that, getting the website completed with content by the deadline. This would not have been possible without my partner in crime: Adrian Fraguela – my tutor and mentor and also the Head of Digital at Silver. Adrian has taught me everything I didn’t know from SEO, CMS and PHP to server configuration, MySQL and analytics.
I have not only learnt a great deal about programming, I have also learnt a vast amount about the brand and marketing industry and about myself. One of my bigger surprises was how much I love the data we get back! I’m not a ‘numbers’ kind of guy but getting, manipulating and displaying data that comes from the web has been the most exciting part for me. I’m also continually amazed by how people engage with the things I build and I enjoy trying to optimize their interactions and experiences.
Sometimes I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and I find it hard to remember what life was like before joining Silver. This past year has been challenging, exhilarating, sometimes close to overwhelming, frustrating and but importantly, awesome – It’s been the best year of my life! I still get a massive kick inside when I tell people I’m a developer and not a barista.
Levi Cole CWTB – Cool Web Team Player, Silver