In the Fall of 2013 my wife and I moved to Ann Arbor so she could begin a graduate program at the University of Michigan. Unable to continue working at Washington University, I acceptaed a position working remotely for Aydus Consulting, a small company specializing in developing e-commerce websites.
My work was concentrated mostly on the front-end, writing extensive CSS and LESS documents to bring highly customized designs to out-of-the-box Magento installations. I also spearheaded the development of a “base” template to allow any fresh Magento installation to be quickly made into a responsive site. On top of my front-end work, I also did a considerable amount of server side work building widgets and extensions for Magento and general custom code in ASP.NET StoreFront.
BleacherCreatures was probably my biggest undertaking with Aydus. I was responsible for the vast majority of custom development on this project, both server-side and client-side. Along with adapting the site to use the responsive template I’d already developed for earlier sites, I also created a clean front-end for multi-select filtering of products and built a reusable extension to insert a custom mega menu from Magento’s implementation of categories.
One of the last projects I worked on for Aydus was Preserve, Blake Lively’s lifestlye blog/online store. The site was a major undertaking, including significant custom funcitonality to “preserve” products and stories in a manner similar to a wish list, and extensive integration between the Magento platform running the eCommerce store and the WordPress back-end that controlled the blog element.
GearExpress was a major project for us, and my duties on the front end were shared with anther developer. My focal point was the “base” template for the site, that is, basic pages included with every Magento installation that still need to be styled and configured. These pages include the shopping cart, checkout pages, and all pages in the accounts section. I not only styled these pages on this project, but also created a bottom layer of styles that could be used on any Magento site to make it instantly responsive.
Learning Zone Express “Request Quote” Form
My role in this piece of development was full-stack. I not only styled the front-end elements of the form, but I also built all of the server-side functionality including the field validation and the Ajax calls to get product info from a provided product number.