Martin Beeby has been a developer since he was 16. Having no garage, unlike his American counterparts, he began developing small sites, apps and hacks from the comfort of his bedroom.
Early on, this involved discovering how to send SMS messages for free by piggybacking on a service owned by HMV. (This was back when an SMS could cost up to 30p), the resulting service - ZipSMS - grew to capture around 1% of all texts sent each day.
It also captured HMV's attention and, while they were surprisingly good about it, ultimately this meant the demise of that particular brainchild!
Since then, his career has followed roughly the same path - find stuff that needs fixing and then use technology to fix it.
Today Martin works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about HTML5, Windows 10 and the web. Martin has been developing since he was 16 and over the past 17 years has worked on projects with many Major brands.
Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, NET Magazine, Creative Bloq, SitePoint, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network, and many more.
Windows 8 in 3588 seconds
On October 26th Microsoft will launch its biggest operating system to date and you already have the skills required to develop applications for it.
Windows 8 offers an unprecedented opportunity to monetize your current developer skills.
Windows 8 combines the broad reach of Windows (there are over 600m Windows 7 users all of whom can upgrade to Windows 8), a new Windows Store and a reimagined user experience.
In this hour long session, Microsoft Technical Evangelist Martin Beeby, will show you how to build a native app in HTML5.
He will also bring on stage some guest developers so you can hear firsthand their experience of building for Windows 8.
Windows 8 presents a massive opportunity for developers. Don't miss the opportunity to get in early, Martin is asking for only 3588 seconds of your time.