Hi, I'm Samuel Borg
and I'm a coffee lover
and I'm a creative developer
and I'm a cat enthusiast 😻
and I'm a Google fanboy
and I'm a phone photographer
and I'm a Whovian
and I throw terrible puns
and I think you should scroll
I view software development as a creative means that solves day-to-day problems efficiently whilst presenting the user an easy and aesthetically pleasing interface. My work mainly focuses on web and mobile technologies but I am more than willing to learn new programming languages to expand my skills in software and design.
I believe in putting many ideas on the table with the aim of making your unique mark and only then narrow down to implement in a realistic and affordable scenario
From every job and every role within an organisation, I learned that people love feeling smart whenever asked about something they're knowledgeable about. So why keep back from asking around and taking every opportunity to learn from the team members?
Even though necessary sometimes, long hours don't work out for me. Instead, using the right tools and time management, anything can be achieved in less time and effort thus resulting in a product of an even better quality
HTML5 / CSS3
Full-stack Developer, Think.mt
Founder & Designer, Solar Sailor Design
Freelance Mobile & Web Applications Development
Lead Software Developer, ShakeBench
Software Development Intern, ISB Software
Intern, Air Malta
BSc. in IT Software DevelopmentUniversity of Malta, Msida
Pure Mathematics & Computing A-levelsUniversity of Malta Junior College, Msida
Secondary School CertificateSt. Elias College, St. Venera
Exploratory testing is a hands-on approach type of testing that consists of running the software manually to identify any errors, unexpected misbehaviour or missing functionality against the specified requirements. The tester needs to constantly digest large amounts of information such as system specifications, bug reports, etc. which are also continuously changing. Such workflow may overwhelm the tester which leads to avoidance of certain data and in turn, negatively affects the quality of the end-product.
The project was also presented by supervisors Dr Christopher Porter and Dr Mark Micallef at the SIGiST Spring Conference 2017 in London and seminars at MITA.
After being displayed at the faculty's annual exhibition FICTeX, the project was selected by MITA for consideration of further developing its idea and technology.
Maria Cutajar is a Maltese fashion designer. Expanding her own high-end brand of clothes handmade and designed by her kindself, Maria Cutajar is is expanding her own brand and working as a part-time lecturer at Mcast in Garment Production and tailoring. Aside from participating at Malta fashion week, Mid de Fleur (Florence), Materiali di Moda (Florence), Miss in Tech, she also hosted her own event: Forbidden Voices (In aid of domestic violence).
Maria Cutajar approached me to design a website that would represent her brand in its look-and-feel and by showcasing all its collections. Moreover, it was desired to develop an online shop to sell clothes and allow customers to buy clothes directly from the brand. In aid of this, it was required to work with Maria Cutajar to photograph clothes on models and to develop an online website/shop on WordPress with the secure eCommerce platform, Woocommerce.
Service also included web hosting and buying a new '.com.mt' domain to embrace the Maltese nationality of the craft.
HTML/CSS, WordPress CMS, Woocommerce, Photography
BrainTrain' is a fun educational app for kids of all ages, filled with mini-games to put your brain to the test while learning about the human brain. Available on Google Play Store.
This app was made by me alongside Thomas Mercieca and Graziella Debono, supervised by Dr Lalit Garg, in effort of the Group APT study unit as offered by the University of Malta, Faculty of ICT.
Josefa Chetcuti is a graphic designer who was seeking to launch her own freelance brand online. As part of her efforts, she required her own online portfolio to showcase all of her work, highlighting the variety of her art style whilst offering contact information. The website features multiple carousels and a contact form.
The case study was different than other clients as Josefa Chetcuti, being a designer herself, produced a mockup of the website's look in mind for me to follow.
HTML5 / CSS3, Bootstrap
The Maltese Province of the Augustinian Sisters required a website upgrade from their old one to a fresh new look with a reimagined focus on highlighting the province's efforts in vocational work both nationally and worldwide. Such new features included an online donation system, a password-secured exclusive resources for members, showcase of Instagram posts, and a major revamp to the homepage.
WordPress CMS, Multiple 3rd party plugins
NetPress is a blogging platform built on ASP.Net MVC which is made up of two sections: the public area and the backend area. The blogging platform was a group assignment together with Matthew Xuereb and supervised by Dr Chriscopher Porter as part of our BSc in IT Software Development course.
Posts made by users can be declared as one of the following status types: Draft, Published or Archived. The public area will only show those posts which have been marked as published and it will sort them in descending order in accordance to their creation date. The clickable titles of the posts will direct the user to a webpage containing only the selected post. Posts can be further filtered by category or by author by clicking on the values. A search bar on the right hand side can also be used to filter by category.
The backend area, which can be only accessed by a registered and logged in user, will give full control over the logged in users own posts. This includes the creation of new posts, update, view and delete of their existing posts. Draft and archived posts are also accessible from here, where the user has the ability of filtering their own posts by status.
The application consists of an administrator account, who has the added functionality of being able to edit and delete any post made by all users regardless of its status.
Matthew Xuereb (LinkedIn)
.NET MVC, HTML5 / CSS3, Boostrap 3
Note the project is not responsive as the scenario is only meant to be on desktop.
'Cargo4You' is an ASP.NET MVC online tool that lets customers of a fictitious logistics company to calculate the prices of parcels before making orders. The price of the packaging depends on the dimensions and weight of the package. The web app also captures the customers' input data for the company to analyse.
The web app has the following features:
Following the success of the Confidere seminar's poster, I was requested to design a simple but aesthetically pleasing invitations for the book launch event of Roseline Sultana Arnèodo's first novel 'Les enchanteurs de la Terre'.
The invitations were designed to be minimalistic yet sophisticated due to the formal nature of the event.
During my time as a student at the University of Malta Junior College, I was an active member of the school's Christian group 'Chrisco'. One of Chrisco's responsibilities within the school activities was to organise Lent exercises led by the school's chaplain, Fr David Farrugia. I designed the poster while I was participating in the organisation of the Lent exercises. In success of this, I started acting as the group's public relations officer by promoting events and initatives both on print and on social media for my next two years at the Junior College. Responsibilities also included communication with the administration and other groups within the school; and participation in youth radio programmes.
TiBi was a youth fellowship group and a continuation with Chrisco. After my time at the Junior College, I acted as the coordinator of the public relations officers within TiBi's service team. Responsibilities included managing social media account, promoting events, paticipating in events organisation like New Year's Eve party and the annual weekend seminar, and proposing new ideas to promote the group.
During this time, graphic designer and fellow member Michael Grech and I decided on giving the group a facelift. The initiative involved branding the group by designing a new logo, reinventing its tagline and deciding on its look and feel like colour scheme, fonts and social media. Design decisions were inspired by the group's rich foundation. For example, the brand colour orange was inspired by the feiry aesthetics found in reflection chapels in Taize, France - the birthplace and main foundation of the group.
The design work was all carried out by Michael Grech. My assets were mostly social media posts and print that carefully followed the brand guidelines set out by Michael Grech.
Social Media Marketing on multiple social networks, Animation, Team Coordination, Events Organization
Michael Grech (Behance)
The website was created from the bare-bones of a Bootstrap theme and several CSS files.
HTML5 / CSS3, PHP, Bootstrap 3
Matthew Xuereb (LinkedIn)
Dr Christopher Porter
Mr Michael Grech
Now that you got to know me, what about you?
Have a project in mind? I'd love to hear from you.
Phone: (356) 7992 3900
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