Eclectic Dreams is the blog of Matt Machell; A forty-something web developer living in Birmingham, UK.
I make websites of all shapes and sizes. I spent the dotcom years designing sites selling antiques. I designed the glasshaus website way back when. I worked at Birmingham City University on assorted digital transformation projects including the complete redesigns of their intranet and website. I spent several years as a Senior Developer at
TalisCapita Libraries, building software as a service search tools and back-office systems. I’m now a Technical Architect for the Office of the Public Guardian.
Speaking and Training
I’ve been known to talk at conferences, though I’m more often found as a delegate. I also teach semi-regular training sessions on standards and accessibility for Media Skills. I’ve also talked at Multipack Presents concerning ARIA and Standards with ASP.NET, Geolocation for parents and retrofitting adaptive design. Given that I work with library catalogue systems day to day, you may see me talk about enhancing their interfaces.
I’ve worked on a number of web-related books as technical editor, lead editor or reviewer. You may remember me from such works as:
- The Flash Anthology, 2004, Sitepoint
- Dreamweaver MX ASP Web Development, 2004, Apress
- Practical Intranet Development, 2003 glasshaus
- Fundamental Web Design and Development Skills, 2003, glasshaus
- Contribute – Hassle free Content Control, 2003, glasshaus
- Dreamweaver MX: PHP Web Development, 2002, glasshaus
- Dynamic Dreamweaver MX, 2002 glasshaus
- Content Management Systems, 2002 glasshaus
- Usable Shopping Carts, 2002, glasshaus
- Practical XML for the Web, 2002, glasshaus
- Web Graphics for Non-Designers, 2002, glasshaus
- Dreamweaver MX: Advanced PHP Web Development, 2002, glasshaus
Most of this stuff is quite old now…