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This is the online base of Claire Knight.


Mobile Development

M obile development has become a passion of mine. I fell into the field in the early days, and discovered that I not only enjoyed writing Objective-C (I already knew Java) but that experience that native development offers is far nicer to a user than most non-native options. I like tablets and phones, though am a little unsure on the phablet. Probably because I have child sized hands.

I am proud that I can develop for two different (major) platforms, and that I am aware of the differences in presentation and expected behaviour on each of those platforms. I also feel my backend and API knowledge is very helpful in creating a joined up solution. Very few mobile apps work in isolation these days.

Training

L ifting heavy things has become an important part of my life. I used to climb but that kind of tailed off when I moved to the South East of the UK (my buddies are still in the North East). I then took up running. And did OK. But I basically bored myself with it :) After some time I realised I needed something else and boxing, Kettlebells, and latterly barbells and calisthenics filled a void.

I compete nationally in the UK in Long Cycle (Kettlebell Sport), train several days a week with heavy weights. And do a bit of running, cycling, and triathlon for fun now I've rediscovered the joy. I blog about some of these activities, and various sports nutrition related things, at Deskound Girevik.

Internet

C ode is clearly an important part of my life as I develop native mobile apps. I also like to tinker with things like my blog or this website when the mood takes me. Coding is how I earn a living, and sometimes how I relax. When no heavy weights are involved :) I like to read articles on code, but also on being a tech lead, and improving as a person. I love seeing the younger guys I work with develop and progress. And it's even better when I can learn some things from them.

I t's not all about code though. The internet in general, and social media, are great places to find out information and to interact with people that due to geography you would be unlikely to otherwise meet. I've also met people who have become good friends in real life this way. There is a world of data, knowledge, opinion, and experience out there. That's quite fun!

Other Things

Good Coffee

I'm partial to a good coffee. I don't drink as much as I used to, so prefer to drink good things when I do. I can also be found drinking Relentless Zero or Monster Zero. Caffeine and I are good friends!

Travel

We used to travel a fair bit, but then life and obligations got in the way. In the last couple of years, we have recently decided to start living more in this regard and making travel something we focus on. In the last couple of years, I've been to several previously unvisited countries (Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba), and taken up Snowboarding. Live life. You never know when you won't be able to anymore...

Photography

Back in 2010 I started a daily photo blog (Daily Snap). The online posting of these images tailed off in 2011 for a variety of reasons. But I've pretty much taken a photo every day since then. Several are shared online but many don't see the light of day. It's enough for me to browse on my computer, or to make photo books from.

More About Me

Here are some more things about me...

Technical Skills

Some of the skills I make use of to earn a living. What do you mean? Drinking energy drinks and interacting on social media is not a way to earn a living? ;) Note, I do have more technical skills than this, and experience of being a Tech Lead. Please, chat to me if you want more detail. These just happen to be what I use the most at the moment.

  • I'm going to succeed because I'm crazy enough to think I can!

    -Unknown-
  • Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

    -Winston Churchill-
  • My life is constantly under construction. There is always something to improve.

    -Unknown-
  • Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.

    -Pablo Picasso-
  • It's not a home without Fur-Kids!

    -Unknown-

Fun Facts

Some fun facts relating to me in some way, correct at the end of May 2015.

 

21245
Tweets
9100
Coffees Drunk
9985
Steps/Day (avg)
14650
kg Lifted/Week (avg)

Thought For The Day

Life is like a cup of tea... It's all in how you make it - unknown

Contact Me

Fancy employing me? Want to work with me through Moggy Tech? Want to train with me? Sponsor my lifting and training? Just want a chat? If so, get in touch and say hi! If you'd rather not entrust your missive to PHP, then you can email me directly at claire.knight @ this domain