So, welcome to net gaff. My name is Remy Sharp.
I live in the sometimes sunny Brighton (it's in the south of the UK, for those across the pond). The south coast is definitely my favourite place to be, but I spent some time on the outskirts of London whilst at University.
Whilst he's not writing articles or running and speaking at conferences, he runs his own development and training company in Brighton called Left Logic. And he built these too: Confwall, jsbin.com, html5demos.com, responsivepx.com, nodemon, mit-license.org, snapbird.org, 5 minute fork and jsconsole.com!
If you want to get in touch to discuss a potential project, please feel free to contact us.
A Short History
The nice people at .net magazine were nice enough to interview me, so you can read about how I got in to this industry and what keeps me excited.
Brought up in Worthing (a sorry town, originally filled with old folk, now brimming with chavs), slipped through Boundstone high school, on to Worthing Sixth Form (oh - the good times) then after receiving an automatic acceptance to my second choice on the morning of my results, I guessed that I may not have done so well. I went through clearing taking Computer Information Systems Design at Kingston.
By some strange design of fate, I ended up in the same university as my girlfriend of the time, and I was even placed in residence across the way from her.
We moved to Norbiton and continued uni. At first I did well. In the second year I would have to apply for my third year placement (where I get industrial experience).
I never applied for the placement, I just got a phone call one day asking me if I'd like to come along to an interview (turned out a tutor had recommended me).
I got the job (though later I found out I almost didn't have it, something I said about parsing got the job for me). working at Gallio.
The 1 year placement ended with my boss asking me to stay on for another year (it was just the two of us at that point) and push the technology forward. I would even receive a pay rise. That and the flattery pretty much did it.
Over six years later I'm still there (2006). Gallio's project Digital Look took off and our approach to the Internet during the boom was to invest in our technology, use our heads and we came out of the crash unscathed. Digital Look is now one of the leading finance web sites providing solutions for HSBC, Barclays, The Abbey, The Express (national newspaper) and a bucket full of other clients.
I went from the sole developer, to a lead developer, to the head of technology, they hired a CTO, I became his right hand man, and now, today, I've dropped back down to lead developer to allow me to reduce the time spent in the London offices and start to move on to my own projects.
Somewhere in between I married my college sweet heart (yep, that was Julie from before) in June of 2004 and in 2006 we would have been together for 10 years.
We moved down to Brighton, and we're really hitting the next big steps in both our lives.
Phew - sorry, that wasn't really a short history!