Winning is important, but what brings me real joy is the experience
of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing

Past and present engagements

Peter Cuevas Bacani has nearly ten years of experience in IT - Peter has been a an Oracle Retail developer and now returning to his first passion as a Freelance Web Designer, Developer and WordPress Specialist - just more experienced but still as passionate and very eager to learn more and apply what he already knows about the web to benefit your business. He is currently based in Manila,Philippines.

Tools

Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
WordPress
Pixelmator
Hype
Flux
Aptana Studio 3
Sequel Pro
MAMP / XAMPP
Turnkey LAMP VM
Oracle VirtualBox

Technologies

HTML
CSS
JavaScript/JQuery
PHP
MySQL

Other Skills

Oracle Retail
Oracle PL/SQL
Oracle Forms
Oracle Pro*C
Oracle 10g
Unix Scripting
Mac OSX

WordPress Integration

eCommerce – Cart66 (online retailing)
eCommerce – s2Member (paid membership)
eMarketing – MailChimp (email marketing)
Cart66 Merchant – Authorize.net
Cart66 Merchant – Paypal (Website Payment Standard)

Me (far right) with the webby award for Kasal.com (a Web Philippines brand), I was the design lead at the time.

Do What You Love

My career in web design began 2000 at Web Philippines Inc., I was mainly doing front-end work translating client requirements into a usable interface and page layouts using Photoshop then slicing them in Image Ready and then creating static pages and templates thru Dreamweaver. After that, I handed over my static pages to the developers for them to insert their PHP and Java Script codes and work their magic. Happy as I was doing purely creative work then, I always wanted to learn programming.

On my desk at Accenture Manila Delivery Center.

On my desk at Accenture Manila Delivery Center.

The opportunity came late 2003 when I was hired by Accenture as a junior software engineer and was trained in an in-house Oracle Retail/RETEK boot camp. This was the start of a long break from web work – in hindsight, I always knew I would return to my first passion I just didn’t exactly know when. Even if I was employed full-time then, whenever time permits, I moonlighted with web designing. I managed to get a client or two every year. Doing web work allowed me to mix both creative and technical work which I always found most fulfilling.

my IBM team mates

Me (seated front) and my team mates for the Myer account of IBM.

Seven years later, I finally made the decision to come back to what I always wanted to do. After I left Accenture 2011, I spent some time to refresh skills and study PHP/MySQL/Javascript, SEO & JQeury and begin freelancing. It may seem that I taken the long road but it was worth it – I’m bringing with me knowledge of the methodologies and software engineering practices of two renowned IT organizations.

Latest Resume

Below are copies of my latest resume detailing work experience and responsibilities before I went full-time freelance Sept 2011.

Download PDF format.
Download MS Word Doc format.

Celebrate Epiphanies

Eurekapoint is the moment of discovery or that time when you made a connection between ideas and produced something new; its also that really brief period between not knowing and knowing something. We don’t experience it everyday, that is why its special and worth celebrating.

Eurekapoint for me is also about having a vision and doing the work to make it real.

Eureka (pronounced /jʊˈriːkə/) is an interjection used to celebrate a discovery, a transliteration of a word attributed to Archimedes.

Wikipedia

 

 

My Favorite Books

I often invest in books because they are one of the best ways I can update and expand my skills, learn from the experience of industry experts, pickup their best-practices and knowledge so that eventually, I can pass on all the benefits of the increased brain power to the projects that I am working on for my clients.

Below are just some of the most recent and noteworthy books that I have read, written by people I admire. (I also have a wishlist!)

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. – T. Jefferson

Book Cover - Beginning HTML, XHTML, CSS and JAVASCRIPT by John Duckett

Beginning HTML, XHTML, CSS and JAVASCRIPT by John Duckett

Really helped me catchup with some of the changes beyond what I knew about XHTML1.0 and HTML 4.1. This was one of the first web related books I read when I started refreshing my skills early this year.

Book Cover - CSS the missing manual 2ndEd by David Sawyer McFarland

CSS the missing manual by David Sawyer McFarland (2ndEdition)

Well written book, the section on advanced selectors and table-less layout was valuable. This book was fun to read too and had lots of good examples. I’m now a fan of McFarland’s work!
Book Cover - HTML5 for Web Designers by Jeremy Keith

HTML5 for Web Designers by Jeremy Keith

This was my way in to know whats up with this HTML 5 thing but most importantly familiarize myself with the new elements. I think the piece about the history HTML was amazingly informative. By the way, the new document type declaration for HTML 5 rocks – no fuss.
Book Cover - CSS3 for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm

CSS3 for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm

This of course is the perfect companion of the HTML5 book written by Keith – this book showed me how far I can practically stretch the capabilities of CSS. The juicy bits I learned about CSS transition and transform will soon make its way into this site.

Eurekapoint v2.1

This WordPress powered portfolio site was designed, and developed on a MacBook Pro 5,5 running OSX Lion and developed on a XAMPP server. This site uses a custom child theme (integrated with Superfish, Prettyphoto and Jquery tabs). The parent theme is called Showcase/1.0.17 by MidPhase Hosting.

Cross browser and platform testing was done using Oracle Virtual Box with the following guest operating systems: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business and Windows 7 Ultimate. All graphics were done using Pixelmator and all portions of PHP, JavaScript, CSS and HTML code that required modifications were hand-coded using Aptana Studio 3.

This website is set with the following Open Typefaces:
Theano Didot Regular
Marmelad

This WordPress installation has been manually tuned to optimum performance and efficiency – with all major pages garnering Yahoo’s YSlow rating of Grade A. Performance Optimization WordPress Plugins by W3 EDGE.


HTML5 Powered with CSS3 / Styling, and Semantics

W3C Validated

Eurekapoint v1.0

First went live August of 2003, and laid mostly dormant because I got hired to do Oracle work full-time. I created this site using an Imac G3 (Blueberry) running MacOS 9.2, page was laid out using Dreamweaver 3, all graphics was done with Photoshop 5.5. I didn’t hand code much then and this site was laid out the old fashioned way with tables and single pixel transparent gifs – it wasn’t easy back then.

eurekapoint.com v1.0

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