John Balke

Full Stack Developer

About me

About Me

Hello! My name is John Balke. I am an aspiring software developer, with a passion for full stack web development; primarily React, JavaScript/TypeScript, Node.JS and SQL.

I have over 20 years experience in InfoTech, in a variety of roles including network and systems administration, database developer, product specialist and trainer. I thrive on engaging with people, working with technology and delivering solutions.

Currently based in Northumberland, United Kingdom.

John Balke


A selection of past and present projects.



Tech stack: React, Redux, React Query, TailwindCSS, JWT-based authentication, Express, Mongoose (MongoDB), REST API.

Testing: Jest.

Deployment: Heroku.

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Reddit Clone

Reddit Clone

Tech stack: NextJS (React, SSR), urql, Apollo Server (GraphQL), TypeORM, PostgresSQL, JWT-based authentication & TypeScript.

Deployment: Vercel and Digital Ocean VPS.

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Small Business Website

Tech stack: NextJS (React, SSR), React Map GL, React Hook Forms, Framer Motion, Styled Components, Serverless functions, MongoDB.

Deployment: Vercel.

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Websocket App

Real-time Chat

Tech stack: React, Fastify +, TypeScript.

Deployment: Heroku.

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Trello Clone

Trello Clone

Tech stack: React, React-Beautiful-DnD, Zustand, TypeScript.

Deployment: Netlify.

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Skills & Tools

One of the reasons I enjoy full stack development is the variety of languages and technologies available to build effective solutions. There's always something new to learn!

The following is what I've worked with to date.

Development Languages

  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Go
  • Rust


  • PostgreSQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MongoDB
  • GraphQL
  • TypeORM
  • TypeGraphQL
  • Websockets /

Client Frameworks & Libraries

  • React
  • NextJS
  • GatsbyJS
  • Apollo Client
  • Urql
  • React Query
  • React Hook Forms
  • Framer Motion
  • Emotion / Styled Components / TailwindCSS

Backend Technologies

  • Node.js
  • ExpressJS
  • Fastify
  • Apollo Server
  • Docker
  • Redis

Testing Frameworks

  • Jest
  • Mocha
  • React Testing Library