My Story...

My name is Daniel Hayden. I am a fourth year student at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland. I am currently studying my Degree (BSc)(Honors) in Software Development. I am 25 years old.

As long as I can remember, I have always been amazed by the sheer scale and power of the internet. At the age of 15 I began playing around with website source code and from that moment I found my new pastime. I began teaching myself the basic languages such as HTML and CSS. Of course, PHP soon followed and before I knew it, I was creating fully functioning websites simply for fun.

At this time I was still a self thought developer. Once my skills started to develop, a demand arose for my work. I soon realized that I could develop full time on projects that interest me and get paid for it. I started developing websites for Family and Friends and then their Family and Friends and so on. Most of my work was done in the online gaming sector. I decided to create my own website to host my portfolio and showcase my work to potential clients.

In 2015, I set up Sledro Technologies while in college for a few reasons:

  • To have my own Personal Portfolio.
  • To advertise my skills and services to potential employers.
  • To have a brand name for my freelance work.

  • When creating Sledro Technologies, I wanted it to be 100% my own original code and design (no themes, or templates). I also wanted it to be clean, very simple to use, mutli-page and have a metro feel themed UI.

    In 2017 I worked as a Software Development Engineer in Test for Dell Technologies based in Cherrywood, Dublin. During my six months in Dell I worked on the James Joyce feature team. We worked in a faced paced agile environment which I enjoyed as I was constantly learning. My duties included the setup and maintenance of multiple Selenium grids utilising virtual machines as hosts. Reviewing my teams code on Github. Writing Selenium based automated tests in C#. Participating in agile meetings. Working with our teams and Product Owner who were based in multiple different countries around the world. Manual testing. Tools used daily were: VS Code, VS Studio, SQL Server Management Studio, Postman API Tester, Sauce Labs, Selenium, Git, Terminal, Team City, Team Foundation Server.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my short story.

    Regards,
    Daniel