Hello, I'm
Jake Bown.

I'm a full stack developer and Head of Digital Solutions at @yarringtonltd.

I'm Passionate about code, new tech and problem solving,
I love taking on challenging technical projects.

I have been privileged to have worked with some great companies including Beano Studios, Jaguar Land Rover, Pearson, GOV.UK and been part of some awesome start-up projects.


Work.

Education.

2007

Westlakes Academy

GCSE Match, English & Science — 2007 - 2011

2008

Full Stack Developer

[Freelance] — 2008 - Present

2011

Carlisle College

Distinction in IT & Computing — 2011 - 2011

2012

Teesside University

Web & Multimedia Fdt. Degree — 2012 - 2013

2013

Full Stack Developer

[Freelance] Press Loft Ltd. — 2013 - 2015

University of Greenwich

BSc Hons. Web Development 2:1 — 2013 - 2015

2015

Frontend Developer

[Freelance] Connect Group — 2015 - 2015

Backend PHP Developer

Guestline Limited — 2015 - 2017

2017

Full Stack Developer

Yarrington Limited — 2017 - 2021

2018

Lead Developer

Yarrington MyAppuccino — 2018 - Present

2021

Head of Digital Solutions

Yarrington Limited — 2021 - Present

Recent Projects.

PollTime

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PollTime is a free to use meeting/meet-up planning tool that allows anyone to "poll" for times that everyone is available. Simply set the location, the times you have available and let PollTime gather when all your invitees are available. This project is still in development and look to market it in the coming months.

Write.md

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Write.md is an easy to use markdown editor tool that automatically creates a shareable document URL to make sharing and collaboration quick and easy. This is an active side project I developed when I couldn't find a distraction free word processor when writing project tenders and technical docs. Upon posting on Product Hunt Write.md gained #4 Product of the Day and currently hosts over 15,000 documents with 5,000 MAU's.

Find a Seder

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As the Jewish holiday Passover occured during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown I was approached to help build an online resource to connect individuals spending this time alone to virtual Sedars hosted by others celebrating Passover across the world. The site was built using WordPress and implemented custom functionality for public users to submit as a host or express an interest in joining a virtual Seder.

Appuccino

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Appuccino is mobile application development framework I have been developing over a number of years. It allows developers to build completely bespoke hybrid apps for iOS and Android using WordPress as a backend and Javascript. More recently Appuccino offers realtime app generation, certificate signing and asset generation all in the cloud. Appuccino is currently licensed under MyAppuccino.

Toolzilla

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Using WordPress on a daily basis for the past 6 years I have amassed a library of snippets, generators and documentation that I have written and used in projects. I then decided that I should offer my work to other WordPress developers in the community and so created Toolzilla. This is a relatively new side-project and I am spending my free time porting my code snippets and tools to the site.

Day-to-day I write in PHP, Javascript and Sass in projects built under WordPress, CodeIgniter or static. I then commit to Git, Netify or Apache.

More recently I've been using Nativescript, Python and Electron.

Tech I Use.

Back-end

PHP, SQL, WordPress, Apache, Jenkins, Composer, Mongo, Node, Git, Slim, CodeIgniter, Socket.io, SSH, Server/DNS Config, Bash, Netlify, Grav, Directus.

Front-end

Javascript, Angular.js, Tailwind, Bootstrap, UIKit, CSS, SCSS, HTML5, Bower, Grunt, Gulp, Bootstrap, AJAX, Cordova, Capacitor, Ionic, Underscore, Lodash.

Software

Sketch, Photoshop, XCode, Sequel Pro, VSCode, Figma, Sublime Text, Postman, Blender, Adobe XD, Microsoft Teams, Slack, JIRA, Trello, Zoom.

Got a project? Get in touch.