Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press

The Opportunity

The central task for this project was to create a website that acts as a book to show selected chapter previews.  The custom design had to be integrated with the code to give the site a unique look and feel.

The Ask

The major challenges for this were the chapter previews.  The following considerations had to be taken into account.
  • Chapter previews had to be in PDF format. Using a PDF within a website is difficult because it PDF are typically downloaded and displayed in a browser or PDF software on the desktop computer. On this site, the PDFs had to be displayed within the site itself.
  • Creating the backend in WordPress to display the chapter previews within the format that was stipulated by the design.
  • Creating the front-end to display the chapters in the proper format.


In order to overcome these difficulties, we implemented an open source PDF reader that integrated directly with the website.  The backed was configured using a custom taxonomy for previews and special categories for the chapters. The end result was a smooth and easy way to manage the chapters and chapter previews.  The front end required a new template that we created to gather all the data inputted on the backend and a combination of jQuery and PHP programming to display the data according to the design.
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Jacob Billings
During my career, I have worked in a number of different roles that have helped me understand the overall software development process. These roles include project management, senior developer, Linux administrator, technical sales consultant, and company owner. Working within these roles has given me an in-depth knowledge of best practices in software development.
I offer a strong aptitude for learning new technologies and a proven track record of meeting aggressive goals. My most notable skills include:

Software Development: I bring over 13 years of experience in developing software for multiple clients in various environments. I have a solid knowledge of PHP, Javascript, MySQL, Python, and Java.

Over my career, I have had the opportunity to work on projects for some of the most recognized brands on the planet. Brands like Marriott Hotels, Microsoft, Ashland Chemical, Capital One Credit Cards, Cadbury Schweppes, GE and more. This has given me an in-depth understanding of my client's challenges as they grow. I know how to get a company from startup to maturity with technology. My specialties are in E-commerce(specifically Magento), process automation, and security.