About RGraphs author
About my experience in IT
- Nearly 25 years of professional experience in web development
- Open source contributor for both
- Well versed in using both
- Both Microsoft and Zend (
PHP) professional accreditation
Formerly an avid winter sports participant and extreme sports enthusiast I've been in the technology sector for over 23 years, and in the web development sector specifically for the majority of those.
Starting in a technical support role for consumer desktops (both hardware and software support - Windows and associated software) for a well-known high street brand I then moved to a firm doing in-house desktop support.
In this role, there were elements of telephone support but mainly it involved visiting people's desks and either installing new software or resolving faults for people.
This gave me a good grounding in computing and was a great start to then move into the then-emerging field of computer programming for websites.
So from there, I was able to start web-based programming, using
based languages, and go onwards and upwards.
I worked for various firms in the south of England, including one of the largest film rental firms in the country and an investment tracking and reporting firm that was headed by a well-known public figure.
Throughout this period I was able to work on various pieces of Open Source software which were distributed via my personal website and the official PHP PEAR website.
The technical expertise that has resulted from working on these high traffic websites and Open Source projects lends itself well to producing high-quality software with great performance and good usability.
Unfortunately, all of this came to an abrupt halt some years ago when I suffered a number of pretty bad strokes which left me with significantly reduced vision, mobility and coordination. I spent roughly six months in hospital learning to walk, talk and eat (!) again (and, much to the nurses' chagrin, smoke...). So a big thanks goes to the NHS!
And then, after leaving hospital, the next four-five years were spent going to the gym and improving my health and general awareness.
It was during this time, in 2008, that I started writing RGraph. Initially,
it was a commercial charting library based on the
canvas tag. But it improved over time and
it grew (in terms of types of charts
that it supported along with the features that it had).
Now it supports well over 50 charts and variations across both
SVG and is entirely unrestricted to use as it is now uses the Open Source MIT
Going forward increased support for
SVG charts is planned along with
increased features for both the
I started with
in the late 1990s.
development language like it is now. More of a novelty that really
didn't work cross-browser without some serious attention.
So for the first half of my career
favour of server-side development - ie
I wrote various things in
that was targeted at Internet Explorer and took advantage of that browser's
proprietary abilities, a calendar widget for forms, a dynamic tree menu system and
an autocomplete widget for form inputs.
However, since around 2008, when RGraph was started,
front-end development in general, have really become 'a thing' and that's
what I've focused on with RGraph.
As such my
grown significantly - specifically in regard to
canvas and more
So now, years later, my
is good and it comes far more naturally to me. With RGraph being
written in native
Contact me and get support
Go back to the about page to find out how to get in touch with me and get support for RGraph.