About Brian Monks

I’ve been programming computers since a young age and am comfortable in a number of languages – PHP, Java, C, Ruby… My current favourite language is Javascript.

When I was a kid I wanted to be either an artist or an astronomer, and actually I ended up doing both. I studied Fine Art for a few years in Dublin (BCFE / NCAD), then dropped out and ended up studying Computational Physics in Trinity College Dublin, then took a year out travelling around South -East Asia, then came back and transferred to Astrophysics. I did my thesis on Galaxies. Or, to be more accurate, on the X-ray emissions of galaxies many millions of light years away that had been detected using the ROSAT telescope.

In 2009, after doing a variety of strange, random jobs (landscape gardening, creative writing, occasional web design), I ended up working for Cambridge University Press on a short-term contract in E-Learning. From this experience I realised how much I missed programing, so decided to return to university to do a Masters in IT in Dublin City University, which I finished in 2011. I then spent six months on a contract for the same university doing research into Artificial Intelligence on The World Wide Mind project. If you want to find out a bit more about AI, a nice introduction is this article in Tim Urban’s amazing blog, Wait But Why.

I’ve worked as a freelance developer / designer for about 5 years now and love it, because of the freedom it give me, and also the fact that I get to work on such varied, interesting projects.

If you have a problem you need solving, a program you need written, a design you need designed, or a website you need websited please get in touch and I can give you a quote at my current rate. Or, if you like, you can just email me to say hello

Brian Monks in Málaga, Spain, 2016