Harry Messenger

Student - Developer - Creative

Welcome to harrymessenger.co.uk

If you're visiting my site, chances are, you're looking for a creative thinker, a detailed planner, a people person and a passionate, ambitious developer. If so, you've come to the right place. Please continue scrolling to download or watch my CV, see some of my work and find out what others have been saying about me!

About Me

Keynote Information

  • Name: Harry Samuel Messenger
  • Date of birth: 11/07/1994
  • Home town: York, North Yorkshire, UK
    • Education:
    • Degree: Computer Science w/Industrial Experience (Year 3 of 4) - Predicted classification: First Class
    • A-Levels:
      • Maths - A
      • Chemistry - B
      • Music - B
      • General Studies - A*
    • GCSEs:
      • 12 at grades A* and A including English, Maths, Science and French
    • Industrial Experience:
    • 2015 - 3 month summer PHP dev at The Printed Cup Company, Clitheroe
    • 2014 - 3 month summer PHP dev at The Reach Center, Lancaster
    • 2012-2013 - One year trainee experience doing Railway Signalling Design
  • Dissertation project: "VirtualCane" - This is a 20 week project to develop and build a cane capable of obstacle detection, notification and much more - it will require the development of an app for android as well as some C development on Seeduino platform!

Development Interests

Picking up and working with new, cool, cutting-edge technologies is one of my passions. I love keeping up with the latest releases of technology and looking forward.
Some of the technologies I've loved using in the last few years:

  • Composer
  • CSS
  • Flask
  • Git
  • Github
  • Homestead
  • HTML
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • Jquery
  • Laravel
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • PHPmyAdmin
  • Python
  • SASS
  • SQLite
  • SUSY
  • Vagrant
  • Virtualbox

Outside interests

Outside of CS, I'm a passionate musician, music fan, technology addict, coffee drinker and gamer. Just some of the things I'm into are below:

  • Building computers
  • Dining out, specifically italian food
  • Learning about and researching computer hardware
  • Listening to Alt and Prog Rock
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Musicals
  • Playing Violin, both as a solo performer and orchestra player
  • Supporting Liverpool FC
  • Swimming
  • Video games
  • Watching US TV drama

Employ Me!

Summer Internship

I am currently looking for a 3 month summer placement for July, August and September 2016, preferably in the sphere of web dev. If you are interested in employing me full-time, or think you have a start-up or development opportunity that fits that timescale, please don't hesitate to get in contact with me!

Graduate Vacancy

I am always looking ahead to my future, and Summer 2017 I will graduate with my Masters in Computer Science (with Industrial Experience). I'm happy to relocate for the right job, which ideally would be in back-end development. Some of my key skills lie in customer service, specification writing and negotiating, so a customer-focused area would be something I'd love to be involved in - Is this something you can offer me? Please get in touch!

My CV

My Portfolio

Below are some examples of work I've developed over the last few months and years. As I'm a student, this portfolio is forever growing and evolving - and your site could be the next one to be featured!

The Printed Cup Company - Order Tracking

I was hired by TPCC to develop additions to their order tracking site. On arrival at the company, I carried out a short ethnography and series of interviews with all of the users of the product, enabled by the factory and the sales office being in such close proximity. I then compiled a list of potential updates, and, according to a priority order decided by management, implemented some changes, including an entire new database-driven process flow of events, new aspects to the system such as faster lead times, custom error messages as well as completely rewriting the automated email dispatch system and the emails themselves. The system was developed in Laravel 4.1 and inspired my passion for back-end web dev to another level.

The Wedding Cup Company

Although not actually involved in writing the code for the site, from conception of concept to deployment of the finished site, I undertook to project manage the site. This involved setting timescales and deadlines, meetings both over the phone and in person, and working heavily alongside the developers and the marketing/graphic designers to ensure the site was built exactly how the client (TPCC, during the internship) wanted. I also took care of all of the hosting, email and deployment of the project. The project was completed on schedule and came in under budget.

Holiday App

My first foray into PHP development, I was hired to create a locally hosted PHP app for a small company to manage their internal holiday requests calendar through. The goals were to provide scalable, adaptable functionality without the extra clutter provided by many off-the-shelf applications. The project was a success, and the company were pleased with the product.

HarryMessenger.co.uk

This website! My first attempt at responsive, front-end web design, mainly using CSS (SASS) and javascript libraries, this was a challenge, using more than 6 unknown technologies it pushed my knowledge of the front-end to new levels and helped me learn skills that will be crucial to my future career in development!

Future projects

I'm currently in the planning stage of not only my dissertation project (A smart walking stick for the blind) but of two interactive web apps using Laravel 5 and SASS! More details to follow!

References

You've seen some of the things I've worked on, but that's only part of what I bring to the table. I'm always enthusiastic, hard working, good fun and dedicated. But you don't have to take my word for it! Here are some of the things people I've worked with have said about me:

FlindallHarris Web Design

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"I worked alongside Harry and The Wedding Cup company's team of professional graphic designers to design and create a medium-size wordpress webproject this summer for the company he was working at. Having someone with such a great understanding of the technical aspects of web design working for the client made my job much easier, and we were able to complete the project on time and under budget, partly thanks to Harry's excellent communication and project management skills"

"Nick Harris, Web Designer"

AMEY consulting, York

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"During the time I have known Harry, he has proven that he is an intelligent and motivated individual who is more than capable of working alone or part of a team, regardless of their level. He is reliable, generous, knowledgeable, conscientious, good to work with and respected and liked by all his colleagues. I feel like he has good potential to develop further and wouldn't hesitate to employ him again as he would be a great asset to any business, whatever the industry.

"Simon Clark, Design Manager"

The Printed Cup Company

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During three short months with us, Harry proved a huge value to our company by demonstrating not only wide-ranging technical skills, but also his intelligent and hard-working personality and his passion for both new and existing projects. By introducing standard operating procedures and source control policies and helping us recruit ,interview and hire a full-time developer, it is very unusual to find some one as articulate, and process driven as Harry. Harry has left a lasting, positive legacy at TPCC, and feel we have only seen the tip of the iceberg with what Harry is capable of.

"Mark Woodward, CEO"

Full References

All of my referees are happy to provide further information on request, please get in contact by any of the methods listed below and I'll put you in touch!

Contact Me! - I'd love to hear any feedback from you!

Please use the contact form below to get in touch with me via formspree, or alternatively email me at Harry@harrymessenger.co.uk

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