To formally introduce myself, I am Brian Wardwell and am a native of Fargo, North Dakota. I attended Ben Franklin Jr. High School and Fargo North High School. My journey to Web Development officially dates back to early 2004 when I began to work on a clumsy website builder, which were still new at the time, on Tripod.com. The motivation for a website came to promote my original music, Battle Cry, that I was distributing myself. The site used templates and the web builder tools provided by Tripod, however, I pushed it further by using Flash banner tools from another service to create ads and animation. I also began working on Adobe Photoshop the same year to create logos and other artwork.
After graduating with my AAS in Web Development in May of 2015, I took online courses at both Minnesota State College: Southeast Technical and North Hennepin Community College to learn more Object Oriented Programming and .NET languages. My studies included work with C# (creating small Windows Forms Applications), C++ console applications development and Java console applications/applets development as well as additional SQL Database Design & Implementation.
My professional career began in 2016 when I was contracted by Dakota Supply Group (DSG) to merge their two intranet websites into one company-wide Wordpress intranet site. Following DSG, I joined Insight Technologies which gifted me an abundance of opportunities to new tools such as Laravel PHP Framework and further development in MVC design pattern, setting up and managing Vagrant development environments, development in Umbraco's C# CMS, and other tools such as using cURL PHP (client URL) to run verification checks on hosted SSL certificates. In addition, I was also introduced to working with Sitefinity and osCommerce content management systems.
What Do I Love In My Toolbox? (tech gear)
ThingWorx/.NET Development/Umbraco Development: Visual Studio and ThingWorx IDE
Java IDE: Eclipse
ThingWorx/.NET Development: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)
GIT for Java Development: I typically use the GIT functionality within Eclipse when using version control with Java rather than an outside client
ThingWorx/.NET Development: Microsoft Azure
SSH Client / Virtual Environment Command Line
FTP Client (File Transfer Protocol)
- Wordpress CMS (Front-End)
- Umbraco CMS (Front-End)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Wordpress CMS (Back-End)
- Umbraco CMS (Back-End)
Development using established practices in CSS for layouts, positioning, animations, responsive web design, and other practical use. Other: some experience using Bootstrap and Sass CSS Frameworks and Animate.css CSS animations library.
Development and modifications of themes, child themes, custom post types, custom taxonomies, and other front-end customizations of Wordpress CMS.
Stylesheets, Content Pages (from developed Document Types & Templates) management, template management, and other general front-end customizations of Umbraco CMS.
Photoshop composites, photomanipulation, image editing, and other customized or original graphics.
Dynamic and static PHP, Laravel MVC Framework, CRUD database applications, object oriented PHP, PHPUnit testing, and general server/backend programming.
Development: themes, child themes, custom post types, custom taxonomies, additional backend functions, database management, and other back-end customizations of Wordpress CMS.
C# programming in Windows Form Applications, small desktop applications, and console applications.
Site development including Document Types, Templates, Views/Partial Views, custom Data Types, Umbraco database querying, Macros, and other general C# programming with Umbraco.
Java programming developing small desktop applications, applets and console applications.
Procedural Python programming in small desktop scripts and console applications.
New Vision Engineering Solutions
Software Engineer I, May 2018-Current
Web Developer, October 2016-March 2018
Web Developer for their Intranet/Internal Website (Temp/Contract), June 2016-October 2016
Sharepoint Online/Dedicated Sharepoint Online Support Engineer, August 2015-May 2016
Providing technical support, diagnostics and escalation support for customers using Microsoft Yammer and Microsoft Sharepoint Online, as well as advancing to the Dedicated Sharepoint Online team serving dedicated clients such as many Fortune 500 companies worldwide.
North Hennepin Community College, Internet and Object-Oriented Programming
Attended Spring 2016, eCampus
.NET Programming with C#, Java Programming, SQLMinnesota State College - Southeast Technical, Web Programming
Attended Fall 2015, eCampus
Java, C++/C# Programming, Database Design and ImplementationMinnesota State Community and Technical College, Web Development AAS
Graduated: May 2015, Moorhead MN