A Day in the Life of a Front End Developer at Code

Matt Claffey, one of our Front End Developers, chats to us about what it’s like to work here at Code Computerlove.

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Can you start by telling us about yourself and your role within the agency?

I’m Matt and I’ve worked at Code for about two and a half years now. I started out as an apprentice and have gradually climbed the ranks.

Could you describe a typical day in the office?

First thing, I grab breakfast in the kitchen – there are always lots of people around and chatting with everyone gets the day off to a nice start. Around 9 o’clock we have our team stand up meeting where we all get together and talk about the work that’s on the board. We also update our clients on what’s currently going on. When the stand-up’s over we basically just crack on with the work that needs doing. The days fly by.

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Can you tell us a bit about your background?

During college, I was virtually living in the library, desperately trying to get the A*s I needed for university. Then someone came in to talk about apprenticeships and I started to think that might well be a better option for me. I took part in an interview day at Hyper Island where we completed different tasks designed to help us show off our passion for the web. As a result, I was invited to come in and chat to Branny, Code’s Head of Front End Development, and that’s how I eventually got my apprenticeship here. The apprenticeship itself lasted around 15 months. We did a mixture of everything, working within a range of different teams – including User Experience, SEO and User Interface – so that we could get a taste of what each discipline involves. It was really useful getting this grounding and I definitely I think I’m a more well-rounded developer because of it.

What projects have you recently been working on?

Our client Hillarys wanted to be able to get their content to the user as fast as possible, so asked us to explore AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), a technology made by Google that caches your AMP website and improves your Google search ranking. They wanted us to create a couple of static template pages to monitor whether the pages would convert better than the original mobile versions on the site. What I enjoyed most about this project was when we were invited by the client to go to the Google AMP hackathon. We had five hours to build an AMP page; our idea was to build one of the most popular blog page for Hillarys and then convert that page over to an AMP page. At the end of the hack we had to present our work back to three other teams explaining what we did, why we did it and most importantly what value we thought it would bring. We made it all the way to the finals and came second out of 20 teams. I’ve never done anything like that before and I loved it.

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Is there a project you are particularly proud of?

There was one I did about a year ago now, around Halloween time, called A Killer Lurking. It was an online game we created for Electrical Safety First with the aim of trying to raise awareness of the potential dangers of electrical appliances. You used your mouse as a torch to illuminate a dark room and reveal a kitchen filled with things that were obviously dangerous (like chainsaws). When you clicked on these items, you get a message saying they were not the real threat – but when you hovered over appliances like the fridge or microwave, it revealed the facts behind accidents cause by these kind of everyday items. It was a really interesting one to work on.

Do you have a favourite part of your job?

Making something look good. I get giddy when I make something interact on a page or when you animate something.

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