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
Legacy Technology
  • 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.

Car Enthusiast

An active member in the Skylines Australia NSW car club I regularly volunteer to help run events.

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You can connect with me professionally on LinkedIn,
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Wizardry Fireworks

PRODOCOM Australia

Hannover Fairs Australia

E-Web Marketing

Freelance Websites

Personal Projects

Tipping Comp


National Pyrotechnics

iblott accessories


MS Excel: MID() Function

Microsoft’s Excel has a function called MID(), this function can be used to find the location of a particular character or string within a string. But unlike the LEFT() & RIGHT() functions you can designate where to start.

Understanding the way Excel uses MID()

This formula required 3 different inputs; HAYSTACK, START POSITION and a CHARACTER TALLY.

The formula is as follows:


Using MID()

If I had the string “Ian Blott, Web Developer, Sydney Australia” in cell A1 and I wanted to use the substring that is 20 characters long and starting at character 10 i would use MID()

MID(A1, 10, 20)

This would return the value “, Web Developer, Syd”

Getting Fancy

NOTE: This one is going to require that you understand the SEARCH() function

If I had a list of employee’s in a multinational company and they where all listed as single strings “Name, Position, Location” and I wanted to get just the list of all the positions held, I can use the following Formula


Breaking this down:

Assign A1 as the HAYSTACK for MID()


Assign the position AFTER the first comma in A1 to the START POSITION


Calculate the position of the last comma in A1, have that be subtracted by the position of the first comma and I get my CHARACTER TALLY


This actually returns ” Web Developer” – Notice the preceeding space, I can remove that by adding a TRIM() function around the MID() IE:


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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May 2, 2011 7:55 am

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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