a little blurb about me
Hello there! My name is Matt Young and I relocated from Destin, FL to the St. Louis area in 2013. My career as a web developer started when I registered my first domain, ChicagoWebGuru.com, back in 2005 claiming by default to be the Chicago Web Guru. Back then, while I was living in the Windy CIty, I honestly had no right to own the domain, or act like I was some authority on web anything. I was not a Web Guru by any means. I knew a little HTML and CSS, and knew how to upload my files to a server. Other than that, nada. I kept working at it though, and in 2010 I landed a gig as a front-end contractor for Redbox.
Being among some very talented, pro developers was very enlightening. I immediately realized how much there was to learn, and honestly it made me quite embarrassed to own this domain knowing how undeniably green I was. So, there it was, an overwhelming challenge. I was determined not to give up though, and so I only had one other choice: Become a Web Guru or die trying!
In June of 2013, I decided to move back home after being away for almost 12 years. I love St. Louis, and I'm glad to be back. I'm also glad to be working for another top notch company, New Balance. I am working on their global eCommerce site using Demandware SaaS. The New Balance portfolio of brands includes not only the well known New Balance shoes and apparel, but also includes addition brands like Warrior and PF Flyers. I'm a lucky guy, what can I say?
some recent stuff i worked on
A simple Node.js web application for task management. This was mostly a learning experience, and I wanted to try using Express.js, including it's built-in session state, MongoDB, Nitrous.IO, Git, and Heroku. Here's a link to the app, Task App. Feel free to create an account and try it out.
This website! I used responsive web design with the help of the Skeleton grid system to provide a flexible layout that adjusts to fit the width of your browser window. Change the width of your browser window and watch what happens to this content! This is a great way to design and develop for desktop and mobile at the same time. Check out www.getskeleton.com for more information.
An AJAX based website prototype for musicians. Includes PHP based schedule updater interface, HTML5 audio player that continues playing as you browse the site, and shopping cart integration with PayPal. Here's a link to the prototype: Musica. Some of the functionality is still being integrated as I recently ported this site over to a new hosting account.
get in touch
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