The podcast about building a rewarding career as a professional software developer and technical writer.
Every episode, Matthew Setter is joined by a guest to discuss being a freelancer, writing technical documentation, creating great software, and podcasting.

The podcast about building a rewarding career as a professional software developer and technical writer.
Every episode, Matthew Setter is joined by a guest to discuss being a freelancer, writing technical documentation, creating great software, and podcasting.

Latest Episode

Episode 23 - Talking About Getting Developers to Communicate (and more) With Opélie Lechat

14.03.2017 15:00

In this episode, I have a fireside chat with Ophelie Lechat, SitePoint's manager of operations We talk about a whole range of topics, but mostly about how to get developers to communicate.

I felt that Ophelie was in a unique position, given her wealth of experience across a variety of roles at SitePoint to be able to give the best insights.

She shared with me a number of ways that she, and the other staff are able to being, perhaps even the most introverted of developers, out of their shells.

So grab your favourite beverage, put your feet up, and come find out how Ophelie motivates developers to come out of their shell, and share what they know with the rest of us.

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Past Episodes

Episode 22 - Talking Online Training and Growing an Online Presence with Wes Bos

28.02.2017 15:00

In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Wes Bos. If you're not familiar with Wes, he's a designer, developer, entrepreneur, speaker, and teacher.

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Episode 21 - Talking With Dan Allen Asciidoc Project Lead

03.01.2017 15:00

In this episode I sit down with Asciidoc project Lead, and all round good fella - Dan Allen. If you love technical writing, technical documentation, and documenting your code, then this is an episode you're not going to want to miss.

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Episode 20 - Talking About Finding Balance As A Freelancer

08.12.2016 15:00

In this episode we pick up where we left off in episode 19, with a slight segway. But, instead of starting to look at how to use Twitter, and other social media tools, let's talk about something more important.

Episode 19 - Talking Trump, Brexit, and Getting Started as a Freelancer

17.11.2016 17:00

In this episode I decided to go a little off track and have a bit of a rant, a bit of an "letting go" session in light of the recent US election and Brexit. I'm no fan of either, and I share why in the first half of the episode.

Episode 18 - Talking Conferences and Mental Health with Matthew Turland

23.05.2016 15:00

In this episode I wonderful chat with Matthew Turland about what it's like speaking at conferences and mental health - especially within the IT community.

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Episode 17 - Talking Conferences and Security with Chris Cornutt

02.05.2016 16:00

In this episode I chat with Chris Cornutt, founder of PHPDeveloper.org, websec.io, and Lone Star PHP about conferences and all things security.

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Episode 16 - Talking Testing and Building YOUR Dream with Chris Hartjes

18.04.2016 16:00

In this episode I chat with Chris Hartjes, the Grumpy Programmer himself, about the ins and outs of testing and what it's like to spend part of your working week building your dreams, instead of someone else's.

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Episode 15 - Talking Sunshine PHP, Project Estimates, and Conferences with Adam Culp

04.04.2016 15:00

In this episode I chat with Adam Culp, founder of the Sunshine PHP, in sunny south Florida, about starting and running conferences, project estimates, and being professional developers.

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Episode 14 - Talking Slim 3, PSR-7, Constraints & Decisions with Rob Allen

21.03.2016 15:00

In this episode I have a fireside chat with sagely Rob Allen, about being one of the leads on the Slim 3 project, and about the constraints and decisions developers need to make.

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Episode 13 - Talking Nomad PHP, Laravel, and Conferences with Joe P. Ferguson

07.03.2016 15:00

In this episode I have a fireside chat with the voice of Nomad PHP, Joe P. Ferguson. Joe shares how he got started as the voice of Nomad PHP.

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Episode 12 - Talking about the Magic of TDD and Testing with Tom Oram

22.02.2016 15:00

In this episode I have a fireside chat about all things TDD and testing with the sagely Mr Tom Oram, otherwise known as @tomphp.

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Episode 11 - The Life of a Developer Evangelist, with Developer Jack

21.12.2015 15:00

In this episode I have a fireside chat about what it's like to live the life of a developer evangelist with Jack Skinner, otherwise known as @developerjack, whilst he was at the first BuzzConf.

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Episode 10 - Talking Shop with Stephan Hochdoerfer

07.12.2015 17:00

In this episode I have a fireside chat about a range of topics with Stephan Hochdoerfer.

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Episode 9 - Removing False Perceptions About People, The Roland R-05, and Zend Expressive

09.11.2015 15:00

There's no guests in this episode. Instead I explore a range of topics, including one quite dear to me - how we can build up preconceptions of what other people think of us.

Talking Technical Writing and Simplifying Deployment with Erika Heidi

26.10.2015 15:00

In this episode, I have a fireside chat with the wonderful Erika Heidi, where we talk about technical writing. We also talk about simplifying deployment, naturally, with her preferred tools of Vagrant and Ansible.

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How to be an Exceptional Public Speaker, and Blogging for the Long Term with Troy Hunt

12.10.2015 15:00

In this episode, I have a fireside chat with Troy Hunt. Troy's a Microsoft MVP for Security, PluralSight author, and public speaker.

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Building Your Brand as a Freelancer - with Gary Hockin (Part Two)

29.09.2015 15:00

In this episode, I have, part two of, a fireside chat with, Zend Framework aficionado and Roave stalwart, Gary Hockin about the ins and outs of building both a brand and a reputation as a freelancer.

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Building Your Brand as a Freelancer - with Gary Hockin (Part One)

14.09.2015 15:00

In this episode, I have, part one of, a fireside chat with, Zend Framework aficionado and Roave stalwart, Gary Hockin about the ins and outs of building both a brand and a reputation as a freelancer.

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Wisdom as a Service World Tour and Human Skills - with Yitzchok Willroth

03.09.2015 15:00

In this episode, I have a fireside chat with Yitzchok Willroth, the one and only coderabbi, about a his Wisdom as a Service World Tour.

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Being a Professional Developer - with Cal Evans

17.08.2015 03:00

In this episode, I have a fireside chat with voice of the PHP community, the one and only, Cal Evans, about one of his books - Going Pro.

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The Mythical Man Month with Paul M. Jones & Speaking Engagements

03.08.2015 03:00

In this episode, I have a fireside chat with internationally recognized PHP expert, and all around good fella Paul M. Jones, about one of his all-time favorite books - The Mythical Man Month.

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Getting Underway, The E-Myth Revisited, and Networking For Success

13.07.2015 03:00

In this, the first episode, Matt talks about what lead to the podcast getting started who motivated him and inspired him to get started. After that, he discusses a fantastic book that all freelancers should read.

Upcoming Episodes

Episode 25 - Talking Online Training and Docker with Chris Fidao (The fideloper)

11.04.2017 15:00

In this episode, I talk to Chris Fidao (aka @fideloper) about building communities, online courses, Docker and loads more.

Here's the skinny. When I was looking for help with a Docker tutorial I wrote, I asked around who the Docker experts in the PHP community were. His was one of two names that came up.

When I did some research on him, I discovered that he'd been building an online community, as well as online courses, for some time. It was clear that I had to talk to him, to pick his brains, to find out what he knew about it all.

So grab your favourite beverage, put your feet up, and come find out how to do all these things – and so much more.

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Episode 26 - Why Are You A Freelancer? Let's Stop And Think (Or Remember)

25.04.2017 15:00

Often we get lost up in doing the work, searching for new clients, networking with peers and the wider community, and overall being productive. But it can be easy to forget why we became a freelancer in the first place.

So, in this episode I'm going solo so that I can ask two key questions that are essential to be asked when you're a freelance.

Grab your favourite beverage, put your feet up, and let's ponder on these questions, and so many others that go along with them.

Episode 24 - Interview with Taylor Otwell

28.03.2017 15:00

In this episode, I talk to Laravel creator, Taylor Otwell, a man who needs no introduction. I met Taylor for the first time at PHP World in 2015, and caught up with him again at ZendCon in 2016.

He's someone who I very quickly clicked with, both for his technical knowledge, and also for his reservedness. I felt that he had quite a story to tell, one that's perhaps overlooked among all the buzz surrounding Laravel and its wider community.

So, grab your favourite beverage, put your feet up, and come learn more about Taylor, what it was like in the early days of Laravel before he was at it full-time, and what it's like to build real products that make money and pay the bills.

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