Welcome to Friday 13th Development, the creative coding work of James Valentine.

F13Dev is not so much a business or financial venture, rather a portfolio of my work, coding styles and projects. All information within this website is provided for reference, self learning and to allow prospective employers a chance to preview my current programming knowledge, style and enthusiasm.

The author

My name is James Valentine, at the time of writing I am 33 years old and live with my wife and three wonderful daughters. I have had an interest in computing and especially programming since the age of 10, when I first discovered QBasic on an ex UKC Viglen Genie Executive which I proudly owned. Sporting an i386 processor and somewhere in the region of 4MB of RAM, this was the start of my life in code.

Many years later I discovered Visual Basic 6 while attending an introductory course at Canterbury College, around this time I also completed an OCN Level 2 in HTML web design and an OCR Level 3 in ICT System Support.

Through designing and maintaining websites for various self employed ventures I found myself introduced to the combination of PHP & MySQL and became addicted to back-end web development, designing and building my own content management system known as LunarCMS and many scripts designed to simplify the administration for a variety of business websites.

After spending a number of years working in the Photographic printing industry, programming for pleasure in the evenings, I decided to venture into making my hobby a career. At the age of 28, with one daughter and another on the way, I left work in order to re-educate in software development.

Life without code

Although F13Dev is primarily about programming and code, this is not the only subject in my life. I also have a life without code.

I have three young daughters who are happy to accept all the attention I can offer; although my eldest daughter is showing an interest in Scratch, so programming and family life do intersect periodically.

One other passions of mine is photography. I enjoy the more experimental side of photography, often putting down a heavy camera bag stuffed full of the latest goodies from a few years ago for a home-made, cardboard pinhole camera. Digital is regularly pushed aside in favour of black and white film or paper impregnated with a DIY emulsion; although not updated too regularly some of my photographic work is available on DeviantArt.


The Open University, 2014 to 2020
    TM355 – Communication technology 30 Credit Level 6 Distinction
    TM352 – Web, mobile and cloud technologies 30 Credit Level 6 Distinction
    M256 – Software development with Java 30 Credit Level 5 Grade 3
    M250 – Object oriented Java 30 Credit Level 5 Distinction
    M269 – Algorithms, data-structures and computability 30 Credit Level 5 Grade 3
    TT284 – Web technologies 30 Credit Level 5 Grade 2
    TM129 – Technologies in practice 30 Credit Level 4
    TU100 – My digital life 60 Credit Level 4
    MU123 – Discovering mathematics 30 Credit Level 4
Completed credits 300  
Canterbury College, 2001 to 2005
    ICT system support OCR Level 3
    HTML web design OCN Level 2
    Introduction to Visual Basic 6 College certificate
    Introduction to computer networking College certificate
    Music Technology & Performing Arts BTEC First Diploma

Industry employment

Real Group Ltd April 2020 to November 2020
    1st Line IT Support Technician
  • Support Real Group clients with all IT queries.
  • Help the Real Group teams with technical inquiries.
  • Respond to client and in-house emails and tickets.
  • Work with various IT systems including a customer relationship management database keeping accurate records and tasks up to date.
  • 1st line Web Administration.
  • Provide basic IT training to team members.
    Systems experience
  • Freshservice
  • Uservoice
  • Gold Vision
  • Civi
  • WordPress
  • Campus Online (bespoke LMS)
  • Moodle
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
Real Group Ltd November 2020 to present
    2nd Line Ed Tech & Server Support
  • Development for Campus Online (bespoke LMS)
  • WordPress plugin and theme development
  • Education Technology improvements
  • Server administration (Linux)
  • Server security patches and upgrades
    Programming experience
  • WordPress plugin and theme
  • PHP, SQL, JavaScript & JQuery
  • REST API integration

Copyright disclaimer

Information provided on F13Dev.com is copyright © James Valentine; unless stated otherwise, any code snippets are released under the GNU General Public License V3. Any software available for public download may be used freely and will contain a text version of the license of which the software is released under.

Academic use of the content on this website is welcomed as long as the use complies with the following:

  • materials are referenced in accordance to the institution you are studying with
  • any work used is not passed off as your own work