About Joseph Duffy

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Hi. My name's Joseph Duffy, I'm a 21-year-old Software Engineer from the UK.

I love everything to do with accessibility, security, and the web. This website is largely a brain dump of my thoughts and feelings on various subjects, including iOS and the web. If you'd like to a less filtered version of myself, check out my Twitter.

The Story So Far

Hello world

From a very young age I always wanted to be an inventor. In a funny way, I feel that being a software engineer is very close to that original dream, and my different way of looking at things fuelled my passion for creating software.

My first adventure with the creation of websites was when my school installed a new firewall. It was a big deal; they blocked most flash games websites. I looked for a web host and went about learning HTML and CSS to create my own games website.

pspwzrd.com

When I look back at some of the horrible crimes against the web that pspwzrd.com committed, I feel a little ashamed. Even though the markup was horrible, the design heavily outdated (even for then), and its need questionable, pspwzrd.com has a sweet spot in my heart.

This was my very first taste of how easy it was to publish something on the Internet and let everyone know about it. My passion only grew from here.

We're getting serious now

By the time I was in my teens I knew that working with software was what I wanted to do as a career, but I wasn't 100% sure what area of software I would work in. Between 2007 and 2010 I played around with a couple of different project. I made a little game using GameMaker, wrote a couple of small scripts using AutoIt and tried a few different programming languages. Through this experience I learned that what really mattered for me was creating software that would actually help people. This was when I started thinking of some bigger projects I would make.

Web Localiser

Web Localiser was the first piece of software I released to the world. I still remember the feeling when it was added to Apple's Safari Extension Gallery. From there the project got tens of thousands of downloads and I received various emails from users thanking me and asking for new features. This experience is what made me realise that I want to create software that truly aids people

To cut a long story short

I am currently working on creating iOS apps while keeping an interest in the web.

There are many more projects that I've created, some of which never saw the light of day. To check out more projects I've created head over to the projects page.