Thoughts from the team
Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some, but for the team here at gcd it proved to be a very lucky night indeed. Donned in our best suits, bow ties and dresses, we made our way to the 2018 DANI awards, having been shortlisted for two awards – ‘Best Campaign in the Third Sector’ for our work on an innovative digital platform for CashForKids and ‘Website of the Year’ for our work on rebranding, building and delivering the new Propertynews.com.
Spring has finally arrived and with it brings a new Software Developer to the gcd. team – Steph Foster!
Fresh from Andor Technologies, Steph brings with her a wealth of experience in software engineering and we are delighted to have her on board. A passionate developer, problem solver and self confessed lover of algorithms, Steph is already making big strides with development to our church software – Omega Church.
When she’s not immersed in code, you can often find her (paint brush in hand) decorating her new house or looking after her growing brood of animals – currently comprised of three horses and one very demanding Scottish Fold Kitten called Shelby.
If you would be interested in joining our team, check out the gcd careers page for opportunities.
Ever heard of Mounted Games? Neither have I. However, outside of work, our newest developer, Wilson has been playing the sport for years. It’s a type of equestrian sport where a series of fast-paced games are played on the backs of ponies. Who knew?
So this month we welcome horse-loving Wilson to the GCD fold, where he will be working as a web developer.
He’s come fresh from Puppet where he worked with Ruby (the language) for 8 months and, before that, studied Software Engineering in University of Ulster, Jordanstown. During his time at UU he completed a placement with Microsoft where he was on the App and Device Compatibility team for Windows 10, building internal web applications.
Within a few weeks Wilson has become part of the furniture, though he really needs to stop running round it and jumping over it.
This week we welcomed Patsy to the team.
Patsy will be joining us as a project manager with over 18 years experience delivering web projects and we’re delighted to have her on board.
She’s worked at Monotype, Design by Front and Invest Northern Ireland to name a few and brings a unique perspective to the gcd family. With a background in development she places huge importance on improving the customer experience through research and testing and is just at home in the boardroom as she is thrashing out user flows with the team.
When she’s not training for her next marathon she’s running after three young kids, which might also explain her love of wine!
As the winter months draw near we welcome Graeme, our newest developer, to our growing team.
When he’s not coding you’ll find him settled in front of a piano with a glass (or two) of red wine.
If you’re interested in joining the team, check our careers page to see if there is anything that would suit you.
We’re delighted to officially welcome James to the gcd team!
James joins us on a year long placement from Queens University Belfast where he’s studying to become a software engineer.
Like many, James realised his passion for ones and zeros back in his school days where he started building websites and learning to code. He’s a keen gamer, Apple fan and budding sound engineer who has a penchant for Java.
He joins a long line of students who have began their careers (and coffee addictions) at gcd and we’ll be thrilled to make use of his valuable expertise for the next year until he leaves us to return to his academic endeavours.
Interesting Fact: James pioneered and founded a live streaming organisation a few years ago and streamed events such as the Belfast Tattoo and European Pipe Band Championship.
The importance of real text on a webpage is now more important than ever before. A few years ago designers attempted to overcome the limitations of the web by using images to replace ‘boring’ text. Aesthetically it was great, allowing designers full control over all aspects of typography but it made it impossible for machines to understand the content of the page. It didn’t take long to realise the obvious shortcomings and today it seems like a distant memory. In today’s web, structured data has introduced a extra layer of compatibility between human and machine.
Last month gcd had the pleasure of exhibiting at the 2016 Queens Work Experience and Placement Fair. The fair was bustling with young and budding students looking to further their learning and gain some valuable experience. As part of the fair we put together a coding challenge to win an iPad mini. Read on to find out who won on the day…
We recently interviewed Richard McClean, the Managing Director of Belfast Telegraph, and asked him to share his experience working with gcd over the past decade.