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Professionally, I'm employed by Johnson & Johnson as a front-end developer where I help build out healthcare applications of all types. I've worked on Diabetes, Bariatrics, Orthopaedic, and Eye Surgery applications. Most of these application's main purpose is to improve the health outcomes of the treatment of some disease state (such as Diabetes).

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About Matt Howey

Hi. Thanks for coming to my cloud -- Here's a little bit about me.

How Did I End Up Here?

I'm a professional web software developer who was grown from artistic roots. I've always been a relatively creative person with an interest in creating art (drawing, painting, sculpture), so naturally, after having earned a degree in Graphic Design & Computer Graphics, I worked in production graphics for a couple years doing book layout, catalog layout, high-volume business cards, etc.

I first discovered web development by slicing apart my own PhotoShop designs and building out HTML templates. The need to store things in a database quickly became evident and so, like a lot of people, I learned PHP and MySQL. One of my first paid projects was installing a streaming webcam on the dance floor of a club and hooking it up to live-stream to their website.

Where am I now?

Professionally, I'm employed by Johnson & Johnson as a front-end developer where I help build out healthcare applications of all types. I've worked on Diabetes, Bariatrics, Orthopaedic, and Eye Surgery applications. Most of these application's main purpose is to improve the health outcomes of the treatment of some disease state (such as Diabetes).

What's My Focus?

These days I focus on becoming the best JavaScript and Front-end Developer I can be. I focus on front-end architecture and programming including frameworks such as React, Vue.js, Angular 2+, and AngularJS. I am also a student of all-things front-end development such as Javascript, ES6, Typescript, CSS, SASS, HTML5, GraphQL, Node/NPM, Git, and more!

When I write applications now, I am making a concerted effort to offload as much back-end workload to cloud providers (i.e. AWS, Google Cloud, Azure) as possible and working toward a truly "serverless" architectures -- but only when the use-case is appropriate.

I'm a believer...

  • in Agile development methods such as Scrum (iterate quickly, fail fast)
  • in the "JAMstack" ideology -- a.k.a. "Javascript APIs and Markup"
  • that static websites are almost always faster and provide a better user experience
  • that "static" doesn't necessarily mean "not dynamic"
  • that there are still plenty of use-cases for managing your own server
  • that there is tons of untapped potential in Progressive Web Applications (PWAs)
  • that most web applications do mobile poorly
  • optimization is still important despite the proliferation of broadband
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