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March 27, 2019


Daniel Abbott, Front-end Developer
Front-end developer | Full-stack developer | Public sector

What’s your background?
I bounced around a bit after school, first joining the merchant navy, which seemed like a good idea at the time. After spending time at sea, I realised I didn’t really care much for the life of a seaman. I then trained to be a computer technician and got a job in a school before deciding to go to University where I discovered my passion for web development. After university, I somehow ended up as an operations manager for multiple self-service cycle hire schemes. Knowing that wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I joined a company as a frontend developer (I have no idea how I got the job, I was useless). From there, I became slightly less useless and have worked for numerous companies from startups to big corporations and now specialise in full stack javascript.

Describe your role at Difrent
At Difrent I am a front-end developer, although I’d argue that I’m technically full-stack since I work primarily with server-side node.js. Anyway, that's a moot point, my job is to turn the designs from the UX team and the user stories from the business analysts into real websites. I am currently working on the NHS Jobs project, creating a brand new web application for both applicants and employers within the NHS.

Who are you outside of Difrent?
What do I do? Well, I attend my local pub quiz and have done almost every Wednesday for the past 12 years. You’d think that would make me good at pub quizzes, but I have a knack for remembering hearing a question before but never the answer. I like to attend mainly for my second passion, beer. I love trying weird and wonderful ale’s from far away lands, but give me a sour beer and I will spit it back in your face. When I’m not intoxicated or trying to remember who was the 5th president of the USA, I like to get out on my road bike.

Who would you invite to dinner, dead or alive?
Hmm, interesting question. I’d have to say, Bob Mortimer, Chris Morris and Steve Coogan with Billy Joel playing piano in the corner.


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