ScottSpence.com

Scott's Digital Garden.

Hello World!

Hi I’m Scott

Last updated: October 28th 2020

I’m a web developer for Creative Products at Karmarama, based in Farringdon, London UK. Currently working from home.

I’m a second career dev, that reskilled from a VBA analyst developer role into web development.

I have (as of October 28th 2020) a 1,433 day GitHub streak, there are several OSS projects I like to contribute to the majority of my commits are for my projects, feel free to take a look 👀

I’m a massive fan of the jamstack and in particular the progressive web app generator Gatsby. Right now I’m enjoying integrating that with as many things as possible, here are some examples:

More details in the portfolio section.

Sectors I have worked in:

Finance (Risk, Asset Management), Property, Oil & Gas, Lloyd’s insurance market. As a web developer I’ve worked in government digital transformation and now creative digital.

My personality

I find it hard to identify my traits, so instead I took the 16Personalities test, here are my results.

My interests

I try to get to the gym three times a week to weight lift, that took up quite a bit of my time over the last 3 years or so. I have focused on the compound lifts bench, press, squat and my favourite, deadlift!

If there’s anything you want to ask, you can Ask Me Anything

Portfolio

Last updated: March 22nd 2020

Top 5 Languages used:

Here’s my top 5 languages being used calculated from my GitHub commits.

This chart is updated with my GitHub contributions data via the GitHub GraphQL endpoint every time this site is built, you can see what languages I’m using daily.

The last build date was, November 29th 2020.

Projects:

A mixture of personal and professional projects I have worked on.

MDX Embed

RepoDemo

gatsbymdxtypescript

MDX Embed allows you to embed popular 3rd party media content such as YouTube videos, Tweets, Instagram posts and many more straight into your .mdx

React SEO Component

RepoDemo

typescriptreact

A React component for adding Open Graph and SEO meta tags to your projects.

ASI Style Guide

Demo

gatsbystyled-components

Aberdeen Standard Investments style guide made with Gatsby using MDX

City 2 Sea

Demo

gatsbystyled-components

A playful landing page to help raise awareness of the issues caused by flushing wet wipes down the toilet. Featuring the voice of (Gollum) Andy Serkis

Contributions:

This is a rolling 53 week representation of my GitHub contributions chart taken from the GitHub GraphQL endpoint, this data was last updated when the site was built on, November 29th 2020.

What I’m doing Now

Last updated: October 28th 2020

Work

Working as a Web Developer for Karmarama, using a variety of technologies.

I’m evangelising the jamstack to anyone that will listen on the team and we have used Gatsby in several projects now, asi.style being one of the first.

I have estimated and delivered a project in Preact utilising Lottie animations in a guided tour with action points to give more information.

Recently documented the migration plan of a project from a legacy server and suggested the next iteration of the project.

Play

I’m still playing Borderlands 3! With the Legendary collection on the Switch I’m now playing Borderlands 2 again!!

Due to COVID19 gym hasn’t been happening 😢

Uses

Last updated: June 3rd 2020

All the equipment and tools I use on a daily basis.

For home, I use Ubuntu 20.04 in place of Windows now. Windows is still a good platform for web development and if you are a Windows user you can see how to use Windows Subsystem Linux for web development in this guide, I also made a video for setting up Ubuntu for web development.

Music I listen to

I’m a massive Drum and Bass fan, I have a Spotify playlist I like to listen to for coding with the title for which I stole from Phil Hawksworth:

Other playlists I’d recommend would be the UKF Drum and Bass Top 50:

Now Playing - Spotify 🎧

Scott, Spotify Playing

Podcasts I listen to

I listen to many podcasts, here are some that I get a lot of value from that aren’t all code related:

Darknet Diaries

Indie Hackers

At home: Desk

OS

I have been through many Linux distributions, currently I’m dual booting Windows with Pop!_OS by System76

Editor + Terminal

Desktop Apps

At work: Desk

Editor + Terminal

Desktop apps

  • For gif capture I use Kap.
  • For installing any apps I’m using Homebrew.

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