Welcome to Friday 13th Development, the creative coding work of James Valentine.
F13Dev is not so much a business or financial venture, rather a portfolio of my work, coding styles and projects. All information within this website is provided for reference, self learning and to allow prospective employers a chance to preview my current programming knowledge, style and enthusiasm.
My name is James Valentine, at the time of writing I am 33 years old and live with my wife and three wonderful daughters. I have had an interest in computing and especially programming since the age of 10, when I first discovered QBasic on an ex UKC Viglen Genie Executive which I proudly owned. Sporting an i386 processor and somewhere in the region of 4MB of RAM, this was the start of my life in code.
Many years later I discovered Visual Basic 6 while attending an introductory course at Canterbury College, around this time I also completed an OCN Level 2 in HTML web design and an OCR Level 3 in ICT System Support.
Through designing and maintaining websites for various self employed ventures I found myself introduced to the combination of PHP & MySQL and became addicted to back-end web development, designing and building my own content management system known as LunarCMS and many scripts designed to simplify the administration for a variety of business websites.
After spending a number of years working in the Photographic printing industry, programming for pleasure in the evenings, I decided to venture into making my hobby a career. At the age of 28, with one daughter and another on the way, I left work in order to re-educate in software development.
Life without code
Although F13Dev is primarily about programming and code, this is not the only subject in my life. I also have a life without code.
I have three young daughters who are happy to accept all the attention I can offer; although my eldest daughter is showing an interest in Scratch, so programming and family life do intersect periodically.
One other passions of mine is photography. I enjoy the more experimental side of photography, often putting down a heavy camera bag stuffed full of the latest goodies from a few years ago for a home-made, cardboard pinhole camera. Digital is regularly pushed aside in favour of black and white film or paper impregnated with a DIY emulsion; although not updated too regularly some of my photographic work is available on DeviantArt.
|The Open University, 2014 to 2020|
|BSc Open STEM|
|TM355 – Communication technology||30 Credit Level 6||Distinction|
|TM352 – Web, mobile and cloud technologies||30 Credit Level 6||Distinction|
|M256 – Software development with Java||30 Credit Level 5||Grade 3|
|M250 – Object oriented Java||30 Credit Level 5||Distinction|
|M269 – Algorithms, data-structures and computability||30 Credit Level 5||Grade 3|
|TT284 – Web technologies||30 Credit Level 5||Grade 2|
|TM129 – Technologies in practice||30 Credit Level 4|
|TU100 – My digital life||60 Credit Level 4|
|MU123 – Discovering mathematics||30 Credit Level 4|
|Canterbury College, 2001 to 2005|
|ICT system support||OCR Level 3|
|HTML web design||OCN Level 2|
|Introduction to Visual Basic 6||College certificate|
|Introduction to computer networking||College certificate|
|Music Technology & Performing Arts||BTEC First Diploma|
|Real Group Ltd||November 2020 to present|
Educational Technologist & Server Support
|Real Group Ltd||April 2020 to November 2020|
1st Line IT Support Technician
|Linux Distro UK||January 2009 to August 2014|
Proprietor (Registered sole trader)