Meet Ben Jackson
Meet The Team:
Ben Jackson, Lead Developer
Following the introduction of our ‘Meet the Team’ page comes our mini blog series. Each week, hear personally from our team members about their roles at JUMP and more. This week, meet Ben…
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am from Sunderland, UK and outside of work I enjoy keeping fit through sports such as climbing, boxing and running. At the weekend you can usually find me climbing, programming or taking my dog to the pub.
Summarise your role at JUMP
I have only recently started at JUMP and so far I have been working on an exciting project building a website using mobile first methodologies with the design team involving a Content Management System for the client.
What got you into web development?
When I was at school, my cousin had his own website which sold remote control toys. He showed me how he made it and then gave me a book on HTML and CSS. I got totally hooked and would spend my time making HTML websites after school using Notepad. Later on a friend of mine, a PHP Developer, talked me through his job and I decided that is what I would like to do. I asked him for some learning material and he pointed me towards Team Treehouse and from then on out I knew this was what I was going to do.
Describe the project you have worked on that you are proudest of. What did you do that worked out particularly well?
I am particularly proud of one of my first ever website builds. I wrote an internal application which displayed sales figures and calls in real-time around the office, which was built in Laravel and utilised web sockets to continually update the boards when phone calls were made and sales were closed. It was a great learning curve which has guided me ever since.
What do you hope to achieve at JUMP?
What do you like most about web development/being a web developer?
I love the feeling you get when you complete a task or a project and you know you have done a great job. I also love problem-solving and as a developer, this is something I get to deal with every single day.
Finally, what advice would you give to any junior developers starting out?
Always set goals. When I started out for example, I would say to myself you have 2 weeks to learn Version Control and then test myself at the end. I find this really useful for expanding your skill set at a rapid pace in a profession full of constantly changing technologies and trends.