To formally introduce myself, I am Brian Wardwell and am a native of Fargo, North Dakota. Recently, I relocated to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and am loving it so far. 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.
In July 2019, I joined Codelation as a Software Engineer. It was challenging and exciting to get into the world of Ruby and Ruby on Rails. It was also my first experience developing with a MacBook and using other technologies including Heroku, Postgres, Jira, and some React JS. The development team was collaborative and fun to work with.View Professional Experience