technical dogsbody by gifster

Andy Blyth, the technical director at redstar creative. a web design agency based in the NQ, Manchester.

Hi and welcome to my site, I will quickly explain a bit about this site. I have had a lot of feedback about about the purpose of the site, and to be honest there isn't really a purpose to it. It tells you a little bit about me and what I do, but the main reason I have this site is as a test environment for trying new features, so it will probably change on a fairly frequent basis. For example the whole site has been rebuilt using ASP.NET MVC and was transferred from my old domain name of to as no one could spell gifster!

I am the Technical Director at RedStar Creative, and I have been working here with Darren Ratcliffe since 2009. I was RedStar's first official employee and I quickly moved through the ranks as the company has grown and now in 2012 we have seven staff on the books which both myself and Darren oversee. You can follow RedStar on Twitter or Facebook.

Prior to joining RedStar Creative I worked at Idaho Technology, whilst there I worked with Mike Ryan, Sean Maloney and the team of developers for two years. I have also previously worked at Visuality for two years, under the supervision of Paul Maxwell and Darren Ratcliffe (Yes, the Managing Director at RedStar). At Visuality I was working on sites such as JD Sports, Size? and A-Plant Tool Hire

Whilst at RedStar I have worked on a wealth of sites including We Buy Any Bike and 07543, you can see more in my portfolio section.

I am still heavily involved in the development process at RedStar and I work with C# and ASP.NET 4.0 (including MVC) and I have worked with the .net framework for about 7 years. Prior to that I worked with ASP, VBScript, PHP and Java, but I haven't done this in the last 7 years. I decided to focus on one language, so I can produce high quality websites using the latest technologies. As to be expected I am also working with with all the other facets of web development such as HTML 5, CSS 3. jQuery, etc.

I have a little boy called Samuel who keeps me very active in my home life. He was born May 2010, and is growing up way too fast. 

I have a BSc(Hons) in Internet Computing and I recently submitted my MSc in Databases and Web-Based Systems for marking at the School of Computing, Science and Engineering in Salford University. More updates on my dissertation project in.venio.

My other passion in life apart from my family and wok is photography, some examples can be found in the gallery and on flickr.

Anything else you want to know just ask me.

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