- James Acres
Hi 👋 once again it's been a while, so here's an update to kick off 2024!
Personal Project Update
Firstly, I've refreshed this blog, moving from Ghost to React with Next.js ✨ using an excellent open source markdown blog starter. It's also now hosted on Vercel instead of a Linode VPS.
Last year I also completed a course on Generative AI with Large Language Models mainly to get a basic understanding of how these models work and can be trained, unsure if I'll do more in this space, but it's a start.
At work I've been specialising in backend Node.js and TypeScript for the past 5 years and I'm now a hands on Tech Lead (see my about page).
I'm balancing code and technical design with management of people and processes. Taking a step into people leader and the management track is a recent change for me and I hope to share some learnings in a separate post.
Recent project highlights 🪄: In parent squad we migrated recurring subscriptions into a new in house subscriptions platform which integrates a monthly offer for NatWest Group customers, and in child squad we've rolled out a range of debit card designs to choose from.
We're enjoying living in Bristol! In addition to exploring here and Somerset, we've had trips to the New Forest, Cotswolds, Peak District, Malvern Hills, Sugar Loaf in Abergavenny, Whitby.
Doggy update 🐾: Oscar's getting us up extra early in the winter with sunrise dog walks before work. We're also working on training Oscar for Separation Anxiety as he's still unable to stay on his own, he loves a pub trip so most likely doesn't want to miss out.
We've continued making improvements to the house, here's a picture to end this post - our recently redecorated lounge and dining room.
I aim to post more often about learnings and projects, so hopefully more to share soon 🤞