Darren Hall

I’m a frontend developer based in Manchester.

With over 16 years of commercial experience I develop responsive, performant and accessible websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Skills

For the past two years I have worked almost exclusively in React, with some Gatsby and Jekyll thrown in too. I have previously worked extensively in Angular.

  • CSS and Sass
  • HTML
  • JS, ES5 and ES6+
  • Node, Webpack, Gulp
  • React, Jekyll, Gatsby and Angular
  • CI and TDD

I have integrated with many different content management systems using .NET (Sitecore and Umbraco), PHP (WordPress and Craft CMS) and of course with headless, cloud based systems such as Prismic and Contentful.

Selected work

I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some really amazing projects, with great agencies and clients. I’ve listed a selection of some of them below.

Co-op Shifts

Staff shift management progressive web app

Front-end developer for React application, interfacing with a Java backend. Test-driven development, extensive pair and mob programming. Mentoring and leadership of development team.

CDL

White label insurance application site

Working with the in-house team on a bespoke Node.js application, allowing the modular construction of insurance application sites by less experienced team members. Used for clients such as Sainsbury's, Swinton and Tesco. Test-driven development.

Channel Mum

Parenting community progressive web app

Lead frontend developer for React application, front end process (incluinding test-driven development), architecture and development. Utilises Redux, Algolia and Contenful API.

GoEuro (now Omio)

Travel aggregator booking site

Working with the in-house team to re-factor and re-architecht an Angular application to utilise component structures and a new backend API. Test-driven development. Remote and on-site in Berlin.

Seesaw by Netmums

Activity and event listing app

Cross platform (iOS and Android) Ionic and Angular app development, also incorporating various map, weather and analytics APIs.

Go-Ahead Group

Multiple train booking and information sites

(London Midland, Southeastern, Southern, Great Northern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express)
Lead frontend developer for Sitecore project, front end process (incluinding test-driven development), architecture and development, multisite, running 6 themes from a shared codebase.

Amnesty International

Global human rights site

Lead frontend developer for Umbraco project, front end process, architecture and development, multi lingual including Arabic right to left layout.

Bupa

Private healthcare site

Rapid prototyping and contributing to creation of component library for new site.

HMV

Music retailer site

Majority of front end development for initial launch of site. I killed Nipper! I was the one who removed Nipper the dog from the HMV logo on the site when they rebranded. Sad times.

Currently looking for new opportinities.

If you’re interested in working with me then I’d love to hear from you! I’m currently looking for new opportunities in 2020.

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