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Languages
PHP MVC
Javascript
JQuery
ColdFusion
SQL
MySQL
Ajax
JSON
XML
CSS
Bootstrap
HTML / HTML 5
XHTML
ActionScript
SOAP & REST
Stored Procedures
Smarty & Twig
Custom WordPress
Java (beginner)
Git (beginner)
C# (beginner)
Applications
Google Analytics
Visual Studio (C#)
Android SDK (Java)
Notepad++
BB Edit Lite
Dreamweaver (PHP)
Git
WinMerge
Oracle SQL Workbench
Microsoft SQL Server
   Mgt Studio
Adobe Photoshop CS5/CC  
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Premier Pro
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Flash
Font Awesome
Goldwave Audio
Specialties
LAMP
   (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
"WISC"
   (Windows, IIS, SQL, CFML)
Custom CMS
E-Commerce
API Integrations
Database Structures
Remarketing Pixels
SEO
Font Icon Creation
PDF User Manuals
Standards and
   dev documentation
Video Training
Audio Editing
Graphics Creation
Admin Support
The wonderful thing about working in this field over the years has been the environment of constantly learning new things. It's quite addictive. I highly recommend it.
Most often asked by other coders:
Have you used Laravel, .NET, Git, GitHub etc? I use a PHP MVC framework for freelance sites, which I had found on github a few years ago. I have not yet used Laravel, CodeIgniter, or other more popular published frameworks. I have used git on my local machine, but it seems overkill for a one-gal team project. Having worked for companies that lacked the desire to implementat git, I have in the past resorted to using my own versioning notes, and it worked well. It is extremely important to pay attention to versioning, or at least have a system in place that documents changes. At one point, I kept version notes for 40 e-commerce shops for Home Depot's corporate clients, each one having unique customizations, and it worked very well.

Agile / Sprint / Scrum, Trello? I have used Agile as a Sr Developer with interns, but have not had the opportunity on a large team. I worked with a team of five coders once where the manager used Agile "accidentally" meaning the concepts of Agile came through naturally. This is because Agile is simply a really good idea, and a natural way of keeping progress going on multi member projects. Used well, it will make a team member feel included, engender responsibility, and build positive energy. Movement forward, and keeping track of and supporting that movement without micro-management, is the core of Agile.
I love Trello and have used it for all projects since 2015. I have used it in different ways depending on the size of the project. Your columns in Trello can be set up to be as detailed a to-do list for every aspect of the project, or can list more basic objectives. It's very valuable. I made my own similar database driven management tool before I had found Trello. Now, Trello's my pal. The tools that have been developed for developers over the years have increased exponentially. It is important to weed out the chaff and popular fads and find the best tools. Trello is pretty darn good.
Rates and Freelance or Employee preference?
Have freelanced on the cheap (for non-profits), freelanced for retail customers, and been an employee, depending on the desire of the hiring party. I would love to find that special spot where I can be a productive member for the next decade or two. I thought my last two jobs could be that sweet spot, I loved the work, and was ready to be a permanent team member. But, it was not to be. So, I'm still searching. Why did the last two not work out? MIS, a fantastic company to work for, simply did not want a full time in house developer, period, so they hired me as a temporary developer and I completed that work. Before MIS, there was Donasity. Donasity, a promising company with the ability to knock Gofundme out of the water, did not prosper, and is now down to one employee, as everyone else needed to vacate the struggling startup. Alas, 85% of startups do not make it and half the fortune 500 companies that existed previously are now gone. We live in a changing marketplace, and on-line competition is fierce. Often times teams click wonderfully and work their hearts out, and still the company does not thrive. I've learned that sometimes you need more than a good idea and a good team. You might need novelty, great marketing, a great sales team, and sometimes even luck. I have not owned a thriving on-line marketplace myself, but I've worked on the internet presence for other folk for twenty plus years. It's amazing to see companies and organizations thrive, and sad to see when some do not make it, though they put in astounding effort.
Currently Tinkering with..
Git, C#, Java
Recently: checked out wireframe apps. Balsamiq so far is my fav. See the corresponding web page's actual construction here, and you can see that once posted, some design tweaks were made. Typically have made full color site mockups in Photoshop, for have found in freelancing that the end user loves choosing a precise "look and feel" right off the bat. But wanted to see what has developed out there in the wireframe realm.
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end 2017 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / 3 tier membership system
Moisture Intrusion Solutions
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end 2017 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / 3 tier membership system
Moisture Intrusion Solutions
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The Corporate site for Moisture Intrusion Solutions, a nationwide company providing comprehensive envelope consulting services including drawing reviews, on-site inspections, field testing, leak investigations, and much more.

end 2016 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / 3 tier membership system
Donasity
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end 2016 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / 3 tier membership system
Donasity
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Donasity is a fundraising site similar to Gofundme although charging about half the transaction fee. They have 1.2 million Non-Profits listed in their database, and allow unique single or captain/team fundraising pages.

end 2014 - ColdFusion / SQL / HTML / CSS / 4 tier membership system
Office Depot
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end 2014 - ColdFusion / SQL / HTML / CSS / 4 tier membership system
Office Depot
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A full CMS created for Office Depot to create Virtual Corporate Storefronts for major Office Depot corporate customers. A comprehensive Content Management System which could auto-generate a new storefront in a few minutes.

end 2011 - system migration
Florida Virtual School
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end 2011 - system migration
Florida Virtual School
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FLVS is a nationally-recognized leader in K-12 virtual education. Florida has the largest state virtual school in the nation and that school is FLVS. FLVS offers both full-time and part-time virtual options for Florida students.

end 2011 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / custom admin login
IPO Boutique
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end 2011 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / custom admin login
IPO Boutique
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IPO Boutique is owned by well known financial advisor Scott Sweet. This site caters to investors looking for advice in which IPOs to invest. Scott is nationally recognized and has been a guest on pretty much every financial news program.

end 2010 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / custom admin login
S And S Custom
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end 2010 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / custom admin login
S And S Custom
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A site for the two owners of S and S Custom, one owner showcasing his classic car interior business, and the other owner showing his home decor re-upholstery business. Both owners wanted the home page to split to their own specialties.

end 2010 - PHP / HTML / CSS / youtube embedded videos
Vincent Martella, Actor
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end 2010 - PHP / HTML / CSS / youtube embedded videos
Vincent Martella, Actor
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Vincent is a charming young actor who plays best friend "Greg" in "Everybody Hates Chris" and the cartoon character "Phineas" in "Phineas and Ferb" among other things. I was honored to create a new site for him.

end 2010 - PHP / HTML / CSS
Captain Tonys Pizza
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end 2010 - PHP / HTML / CSS
Captain Tonys Pizza
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A restaurant franchise site for truly great pizza. The locations of the franchises, the clean appearance of the site, some animation, the menu pdf, and ability to order on-line, define the scope of this web site project.

end 2010 - full Flash animation site
Don Leslie, Actor
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end 2010 - full Flash animation site
Don Leslie, Actor
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Don is an award winning voice actor who lives in LA California. He needed a site to provide information about his voiceover talents, both in TV and audio books. His site was was created in Flash and Actionscript to create visceral execution of a theme.

end 2005 - PHP / HTML / CSS / 2 tier training and testing system
Premier School Agendas
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end 2005 - PHP / HTML / CSS / 2 tier training and testing system
Premier School Agendas
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A school agenda is a day planner that many schools now require for their student body. This company is one of the largest printers of school agendas in the country. I was hired into their Art & Customer Materials Department.

end 2005 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / Flash / video / e-commerce / custom 4 tier membership system
Healing Hearts Ministries International
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end 2005 - PHP / MySQL / HTML / CSS / Flash / video / e-commerce / custom 4 tier membership system
Healing Hearts Ministries International
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Over 3000 PHP files create this database driven site which has a three level membership system. Counselees work through on-line material, Counselors walk them through it via on-site messaging, and headquarters admins oversee all.
Other Contract Jobs over the years
seabreezeislandgrill.com, a custom restaurant site in Tampa Fl.
iwmonline.com, real estate platform provider for real estate agents, owned by Aswin Suri
hotcubatravel.com, video producer Paul Prewitt puts together tours of Cuba, created in the CMs system of his choice.
deepsouthdivers.com, a custom site for a diving company.
glimpsesofheavenbook.com, author site for book “Glimpses of Heaven” written by a hospice nurse concerning her experiences with the dying.
1001questionstoask.com, author site for her book “1001 Questions to ask before you get married.”
calvarynw.com, a small church web site.
claudestuart.com, a successful standup comedian web site store creation.
legalnursing.com, created for an on-demand travel nurse, who wanted to help other nurses to do the same. I used a template to get a quick site up for her.
sitebeseen.com, a business indexing site offering coupons.
sanlorenzodesign.com, a recycled leather products site.
Feedback
Sally darling you rock !! You really are that good ! Very cool site idea and execution! I am so excited I don't know where to start to load it up. So much potential.. Can't believe the job you did with pictures !! Big Thanks to You !! Paul Prewitt, Videographer, Photographer www.hotcubatravel.com
I've dealt with my share of programmers over the last 10 years and you are far and away the most talented and easy to work with... I know I am biased, but I love the site. Dave Goodwin www.sitebeseen.com
As we say over it the site looks the "bollocks" ...brilliant , fantastic. Owner/Researcher, IPO Global Research on its launch Oct 20 2011 (name withheld for privacy)
When I hired you from the multi hundred resumes I got---it was down to you and a guy from Manilla, Suffice to say---I made the right choice! You do very good work in a thoughtful manner! Excellent job! Scott Sweet - owner IPO Boutique
It has been such a great experience working with you... You are so observant and a quick learner, I wish we could clone you! Please feel free to use me as a future reference and I wish you continued success in the future. Robyn, Florida Virtual School
Thank you SO much for all of your hard work on the migration project. You were such a contribution and it has been a true pleasure! I don't know how we would have managed without you!Melody Florida Virtual School
You ar a superstar! Just wanted to say that you rock! You are so thorough, ask insightful questions, and really care about doing a great job! You are fabulous at what you do and I am so honored to be working with you! I had to share with you today :) Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Nancy Florida Virtual School
You have a happy customer; an extremely happy customer! Done Leslie
Sally, it looks fantastic! I will get payment off to you immediately. Would you prefer I mail a check? ... just let me know. Thanks again!!! Ingrid - Ingrid's Essentials www.ingridsessentials.com
Thanks Sally ~ all the new 'stuff' is wonderful and we are ever so thankful!! love ya, Judy Hansen, Head of Counselor Training
*Laughing* My nickname for ya is catching on and I didn't even tell anyone! GO SUPER SALLY!!! Lue Feathers, International E-Ministry Coordinator
You amaze me, I email you and you are right there! Annamaria C., Counselor
Overall I think it looks very nice, you certainly possess a great talent. Chuck www.security--products.com
You have done an outstanding job Sally. You are very talented. Sincerely, Eric www.Create-The-Best.com
I can't tell you how happy I am with your work! Thank you so much! Sincerely, Stacie Chappell www.staciechappell.com
(after two weeks of social media management) ..To date I have 19 new clients and 22 consultations and inquiries... I'm sending you somewhere sunny some day.. Thank you soo much! J Carr, Loc'd Up Salon
Android Apps

I'm tinkering with two apps, they are not released to public yet. You have to tinker to learn. I love learning from books, but sometimes you just have to create your way through a subject to really learn it.
Mom Words Jungle: Android Word Game
Wolf Kutaa: Android Choose Your Own Reading Adventure



Personally, who am I? Well, I love to laugh, so I typically try to make other people laugh. I love to smack a racquetball. I love animals, though I don't own any at present, but have lived on a small dairy farm and owned everything from a goat to chickens. I love kids. I volunteer my coding and art skills whenever I can, and I stay out of the sun in the summer because I am originally from the Northwest, and Florida, you have Mercury-level sun here. I like to write fiction, as well, just for kicks.

I simply have the earnest drive to create, so I create a lot in my spare time. Coding is my medium of choice. - thanks for stopping by.