Firstly, Thank you for taking time out to find out a bit more about me.
Now… I am Andrew Yates, a Web/iOS Developer from Birmingham, UK, currently travelling around with my MacBook. Working as a iOS Developer & Full Stack Hacker at Buffer. Most of my time is spent hacking away at the Buffer iOS apps and integrations.
Going back a few years, I have always been interested in computers and the internet. I started getting interested in designing websites when I was about 13 years old. Starting off (dare I say it) with services like Geocities and various other services. I was then privileged to be given a hosting account with my neighbors company. The sites this time I created in FrontPage. That’s when my old ‘acynet’ was born. ‘acynet’ was a series of mini-sites, each one related to a hobby/interest of mine back then.
When I was about 14 years old I started to move away from Frontpage sites and started to get to grips with XHTML/CSS and more importantly the e107 themeing system. e107 is a Content Management System that I still use to this day on ReelBigFish.info. Thanks goes to a guy called Brian for teaching me bits and pieces, as what he taught me back then made everything fall into place and more importantly make sense.
I became a dab hand at e107 and was then invited to join the e107 Support Team. I spent many hours on the e107 forum as well as email/Skype/MSN helping people out. I don’t get to do as much as I would like nowadays but every so often I help someone out.
I started to do more personal projects as well as freelance projects, which mainly involved XHTML, WordPress & e107 themes.
For Christmas 2007 I released a series of e107 themes for my project ‘e107 Advent’. These can still be downloaded from various e107 theme sites. Unfortunately due to work commitments in 2008 & 2009 I haven’t been able to yet bring the project back for another year. It hasn’t gone i’m sure it will make a return one year!
New Year 2008 I bagged an interview at 383 Project. I have to thank Twitter for getting me the interview, I can always say that I got my job using Twitter. I started on January 21st 2008.
After nearly 5 awesome years at 383 Project I jumped ship to join Buffer working on their iOS apps and integrations.