3 mins

SheffieldPHP – My first meetup

I’m sat on the train, slightly intoxicated, on the way home from my first ever meetup. Sheffield PHP. Kindly sponsored by the guys at Evoluted. This was in fact the first Sheffield PHP meetup after a long hiatus and what a fantastic way to make a comeback. Tonight’s speaker was Sam Burns from Inviqa giving a talk on Driving Design with Behat. Brilliant ...

6 mins

Getting comfortable being uncomfortable!

Learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable is possibly one of the most important lessons that I have learned whilst on my journey as a newbie Web Developer. As I’m writing this,  I’m sat on a train on my way to London. It’s the Legal Software Suppliers Association’s 21st birthday dinner or something like that. ...

5 mins

How to dig yourself out of the coding tutorial rut

Are you stuck in the dread coding tutorial rut? We’ve all been there. Learning to code, completing tutorial after tutorial, but getting nowhere. Then the self doubt kicks in. “This is too hard.” Or “maybe coding isn’t for me.” I’m sure you know the feeling. I experienced this very same problem myself recently. I’m a ...

11 mins

How I got my first Web Development job

I was a 29-year-old plumber with a wife, kids, and a mortgage. Although I enjoyed plumbing, I wanted more. I wanted a job of the future. I’d been learning to code for about 6 months and i knew that I wanted to become a web developer. I just didn’t know how to make the transition ...