National Coding Week: a view from the team- Mark Conroy

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To celebrate National Coding Week, we asked two members of our brilliant technical team to share a window into their world.

Mark Conroy, Software Developer     

Why I got into coding

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by computers. At a young age, I used to enjoy creating HTML webpages and websites for myself and friends. I took IT, Maths and Physics at A Level, with my best result being IT (which didn’t involve too much coding!). I studied Computer Science at university, which is where I began to develop my coding skills. I originally wanted to be a video game developer, but after completing a game design and development course at university I decided it was not for me – I enjoyed the development part but not the design part!

What I enjoy most about coding

I love being able to create something from ‘nothing’ – just from thoughts and ideas. Being involved in a process which turns ideas into something that can be used by others is satisfying. I particularly enjoy the creative freedom I get at SecureCloud+: I can choose whatever language, libraries and tools I want to get the job done. Because of this, I’m constantly using and learning new technologies which helps me to stay up to date in the ever-changing technological landscape.

My coding journey so far

While I was at university, I worked with a local business to develop various solutions which would let them manage attendees at their events across the UK. This included a lot of custom development for their CMS to add event registration, invoice and payment functionality. I also developed bespoke e-ticketing software which could be used at the events.

I joined SecureCloud+ as a graduate in April 2018 and one of my first assignments was to build a software solution to automate document redaction. Although I had no experience in C# and little experience in JavaScript, I managed to produce a working proof-of-concept within a few months. Since then, I’ve developed several other solutions for the company, including meeting recording software which will soon be integrated into our Networked Collaboration Service  offering.

To find out more about National Coding Week and how you can get involved, visit codingweek.org

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