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Technologies used by Brighternet

Brighternet specialises in a number of areas essential for developing high quality web sites and online applications, safe for future evolutions of the Internet.

  • Web standards
  • Usability and accessibility
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Semantic web
  • Iterative development


Brighternet works with a variety of web technologies, depending on project requirements.

  • HTML or XHTML and CSS for content display.
  • Javascript for front-end functionality e.g. UI enhancement.
  • PHP or Ruby for back-end functionality.
  • SQL or NoSQL databases for data storage.

We use open source frameworks wherever possible, to prevent us reinventing the wheel. For site builds, we currently favour Drupal, Ruby on Rails or nanoc, depending on the complexity and nature of the site. Our choice of framework is dependent on project requirements and not limited to our current favourites.

Iterative development

We favour a fast, iterative lifecycle, where continuous integration ensures quality and regular feedback reduces risk by keeping you informed and in control. Our software comes backed by stringent tests and useful documentation.

Stephan Dale: Company Director & Web Developer

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An experienced software developer with a range of proficiencies and a deep understanding of the web.

Stephan first used the Internet when speed was measured in baud. He gained a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and an MSc in Advanced Computer Science, before moving into web development. After 5 years working for a company developing a CMS and SSO framework, he decided to go freelance.

"I started Brighternet because I wanted to deliver no-nonsense functional web sites that help people take advantage of the web. Sites that empower their owners and help their visitors. As an educated professional I wanted to develop these sites to the same high standard I would develop any software."

Name: Stephan Dale
Title: Software Developer
Organisation: Brighternet
Telephone: 07908406610 (mobile/cell)