I am a Full-Stack Web & Software Developer with over fifteen years of experience. Over countless hours I have discovered that I have a passion and talent for creating works that are both highly functional and technically sound.

I have also discovered that I have a knack for understanding new theories & concepts – I am an adamant perfectionist when it comes to just about anything I do.

Current Skill set

  • Responsive Mobile first HTML & CSS3 – Bootstrap, SASS
  • JavaScript (Vanilla JS, JQuery, Angular)
  • PHP (Web Server & CRON)
  • CRM / CMS packages – WordPress, OsCommerce, Marketo
  • MySQL
  • Git
  • SEO & PPC
  • Java
  • Python
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  • ASP (classic)
  • Visual Basic
  • Adobe Flash
Software Packages
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • MySQL
  • Jet Brains Web Suite
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Maya 3d
  • and more…


At the start of 2019, I am entering my 4th year of a 6 year course Studying a Bachelor of
Computer Science with gaming specialisation at Charles Sturt University



A license Pyrotechnician in the state of N.S.W. Australia for over twenty years, performing
professional grade pyrotechnic shows ranging from from Chinese String Crackers, Indoor Close
Proximity Fireworks, Aerial Shells up to 125mm and Aerial Salutes up to 75mm.

A founding member of the Pyrotechnics Industry Association of Australia (PIAA), Based in Sydney
but have performing shows all over NSW for all types of events.

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MS Excel: LEFT() & RIGHT() Functions

Microsoft’s Excel has 2 functions that operate very much the same called LEFT() and RIGHT(), these functions can be used to find a substring within a string.

Understanding the way Excel uses LEFT() & RIGHT()

These formula’s required 2 different inputs; A HAYSTACK and a CHARACTER TALLY.

The formula’s are as follows:


LEFT() returns the string that follows the left most character. (The beginning of the string)


RIGHT() returns the string that preceeds the right most character. (The end of the string)

Using LEFT() & RIGHT()

If I had the string “Ian Blott, Web Developer, Sydney Australia” in cell A1 and I wanted to use the substring that is the first 20 characters i would use LEFT()


This would return the value “Ian Blott, Web Devel”

On the other hand, if O wanted to use the last 20 characters of the string O would use RIGHT()


This would return the value “er, Sydney Australia”

Getting Fancy

A few days ago I posted about the SEARCH() function. I can use this in my LEFT() or RIGHT() formula’s and vice versa.

I can use a LEFT() or a RIGHT() inside a SEARCH() to limit the HAYSTACK to either end of the original string.


This wills cause the SEARCH() function to only look for the first comma in the first 10 characters of the string in A1, thus changing the HAYSTACK for the SEARCH() to “Ian Blott,”


RIGHT() does the same but for the last 10 characters with the effective HAYSTACK being ” Australia”

Side note:

As with all my posts, quite often they are going somewhere and require 2,3 or even 4 different functions to perform the final task. Bellow are the related posts that tell an overall story

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I studied Digital Media for 12 months at Mt Druitt TAFE. While  doing so we studied The 3D Modeling Program ‘Maya’. During the course I produced a number of 3D scenes and a couple of 3D animated movies.

I have also played in other programs such as Bryce 3D, 3D Studio Max, Lightwave, Vue D’esprit and a few others. However, i have always returned to Maya as a personal preference.

Bellow are a number of works that i have produced from these various programs.

Bryce 3D: Balls

Vue D’esprit: Sulfuric

Maya: Living Room

Maya: Gauntlet