Luke Twomey

About

Hey guys! My name's Luke Twomey, a web developer from the UK.

After graduating with a first in BSc(Hons) Computing Studies in 2006, I began working for a London software company, initially on the client helpdesk and later as a technical consultant.

Five genuinely enjoyable years later, I jumped at the opportunity to explore more of the world, backpacking for a year. Aside from countless incredible experiences, this gave me ample opportunity to choose an exciting new career path.

Above all else, I craved the impossible dream - to enjoy what I did for a living! Was it just a mythical goal only reserved for sports people and fighter pilots?

I have always been a very logical person, methodical and well organised, with a talent for problem solving and a high attention to detail. I had always known I enjoyed development - right from when I first started programming in university. It was finally becoming clearer to me in which direction I should be heading.

After my moment of realisation I dived headfirst into teaching myself the basics of web development, and after producing my first proper website I was hooked. I was soon immersing myself in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and all the other fun stuff that came along with it.

I landed my very first development job at Streeten Design in May 2015, and I've not looked back since.

I have previously worked at Sky, part of a team responsible for their digital marketing campaigns. I produced HTML5/JavaScript banners to be deployed in the Google DoubleClick Studio environment and developed tools and applications which were used within the team to improve our day to day work and drive efficiency. These ranged from Google Chrome extensions to React single page applications. There are a couple of examples of these tools in my portfolio. One is a Chrome extension called Asset Eater, which bulk downloaded the assets for our banners from DoubleClick. The other is tStack, an email component generator used by the email development team. My role also involved training and mentoring new starters on the development team, until they had the required knowledge to work on live creative briefs.

I am currently working at ASOS, part of the web engineering team responsible for the company website, regularly visited by millions of customers around the world. Working in Agile teams, we follow strict engineering best practices to ensure our product is of the utmost quality. The website consists of micro frontends, built in modern frameworks (E.G. React with Redux) and each thoroughly developed through code reviews, automated testing and a TDD approach. We will soon be moving to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for deployment to further improve our product.

So far I've managed to pick up the following skills along the way.

  • Angular
  • Babel
  • CSS3
  • CreateJS
  • HTML5
  • Jasmine
  • JavaScript
  • MS SQL
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • React
  • Redux
  • SASS / LESS
  • TDD
  • Webpack
  • WordPress