How much should I charge as a freelancer/freelance developer?

This question, along with “How do I find clients/work?”, is probably the question I get asked the most from folks starting their freelance journey. And then when I tell them what I charge (or used to charge before I started working full-time at Castos), they respond with shock, as it’s usually triple what they were… Continue reading How much should I charge as a freelancer/freelance developer?

A beginners guide to testing your existing Laravel application

Last night I gave a talk at the Cape Town PHP Meetup introducing the concepts of testing an existing Laravel application. As I did not have time to prepare slides, here are the links to the relevant items I discussed in the talk. Confident Laravel (course, highly recommended) Grumpy Learning (course and books, also recommended)… Continue reading A beginners guide to testing your existing Laravel application

WordPress Plugin Development Best Practices

This morning I presented a workshop at WordCamp Johannesburg. Here are the slides for that workshop Here is the GitHub repository If you want to see the updated plugin code, with the security fixes, you’ll need to switch to the feature/more-secure-plugin branch.

The Process of Writing

The Process of Writing

The general recommendation to becoming a better writer, is to write every day. Besides high school creative writing, I am mostly a self taught writer. I’ve never completed any official copy-writing courses, even though I have three purchased on Udemy from about 2 years ago. I generally don’t understand the finer details that would take… Continue reading The Process of Writing

The two worst things you can say to your freelancer.

Frustration

I’ve been freelancing full time for just over three years now, having spent 10 years developing for either digital agencies or small to medium sized businesses, in various roles. In the 3+ years since I switched to freelance development, the two sentences that I’ve heard/read the most from clients, and the ones that illicit the… Continue reading The two worst things you can say to your freelancer.

A Quick Hack to Writing Testable Code

Write Testable Code

I’ll be the first to admit that I am fairly inexperienced in the practical application of unit testing, or any kind of automated testing. That’s not to say I don’t understand what these things are. I was first exposed to the concept of unit tests back in 2008 and automated browser testing in around 2012.… Continue reading A Quick Hack to Writing Testable Code