Producing our primary source collections involves a variety of technical tasks and challenges; from creating automated processes to transform thousands of scanned manuscript pages into a format suitable for the web, through to creating cutting-edge web-based functionality that best displays our unique content, and taking a beautifully designed concept from a designer and turning it into a living, breathing website.
A Day in the Life: Developer
As a web developer on the Quartex Team, my day is varied. The main premise is solving daily, weekly and monthly tasks (and problems) with code, teamwork and meetings. In addition to coding, there’s the setting up and maintaining of project infrastructure, securing and monitoring project infrastructure and working with the team to rapidly deliver Quartex updates. This is commonly known as DevOps. The big part of my day is picking up tasks in a Sprint. Here, I work with the team in creating new features or fixing existing bugs to make small manageable and testable changes to the Quartex platform. The remaining part of the day is usually spent on the research and development of new processes and documenting existing ones. There’s so much scope to learn new things. My favourite has been the Amazon Web Services and Docker Container Services.
Working at Adam Matthew has given me the responsibilities I need to continue growing as an employee. I have been able to strive towards a job that fits my skills and be part of a thriving company which brings new challenges every week.
Quartex is a platform built on modern, open source technologies enabling creators to digitise, index and present their own customisable collections as a seamless extension of their own website. This recently formed team are a group of inventive, passionate developers who have produced this innovative platform in a year using the very best of modern development tools and scalable cloud hosting.
I’m proud to be part of the Quartex team. I’ve seen this innovative project grow from strong ideas to a production ready web service in the seven months I’ve been here. This is down to a well-managed team and colleagues with strong development skills. Knowing that you’re part of this team in a modern company that will educate future generations is very uplifting.