Full-Stack Web Developer
Creative Problem Solver
Hi there! My name is James Ciskanik and I'm a full-stack web developer with a passion for building websites and applications that are reliable, dynamic, beautifully designed, and above all, provide a seamless and enjoyable user experience.
My journey as a web developer began in 2020. At the time I was working for a print publication in Northen Virginia as a graphic designer and advertising accounts manager. Like many others, I was furloughed when the pandemic hit and found myself not only unemployed, but also stuck at home for the forseeable future.
To keep myself occupied, I began teaching myself how to code. I didn't expect to enjoy it very much - let alone make a career out of it - but as soon as I saw that first Hello, world appear on my screen, I knew that this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Not only was I enjoying learning the basics of programming, I found the whole process to be extremely fulfilling. There are few things in life as beautiful as a piece of code that takes a complex problem and elegantly reduces it into a logical, step-by-step solution. Or as satisfying as finally locating the bug that has eluded you for days. Or as rewarding as sharing knowledge with a fellow coder, to help them get unstuck on a project.
After spending a few months hungrily eating up tutorials and experimenting on my own, I enrolled in a web development program at my local community college and never looked back.
Sure, it hasn't always been a breeze. Anyone who has done some coding can attest to how frustrating it can be at times. But whenever I feel the satisfaction of seeing that error message finally disappear, or getting that layout to flow just right, or deploying a finished project, I'm reminded of the fact that I'm doing what I love. And that's worth all the frustation and obstacles in the world.
Now that you know me a little better, feel free to contact me here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am available for free-lance work and would love to discuss your ideas and how I can assist you!
A multi-page corporate website for an international design firm
A multi-page e-commerce website for an online retailer selling audio gear
A web app for creating, sending, and keeping track of invoices
A web app for people who love taking and making quizzes
An online resource for country data including flags, population, currencies, and more
A single-page web app to help users start their day on the right foot
A single-page web app for the popular game (with some new rules added!)