Pricing Service-based Projects: Part 2 – Hourly Pricing AKA the Unsung Hero

This is the second part in the Pricing Service-based Project series. Check out Pricing Service-based Projects: Part 1 – My Way or the Highway. I spent my first five years of “professional” Web development as part of a team who billed by the hour. Hours were currency, and it was a constant balance between billable […]

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Pricing Service-based Projects: Part 2 – Hourly Pricing AKA the Unsung Hero

This is the second part in the Pricing Service-based Project series. Check out Pricing Service-based Projects: Part 1 – My Way or the Highway. I spent my first five years of “professional” Web development as part of a team who billed by the hour. Hours were currency, and it was a constant balance between billable […]

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Pricing Service-based Projects: Part 1 – My Way or the Highway

One of the most common recurring topics in our industry is that of pricing. A lot focuses on product or SaaS pricing but I have the most experience with pricing for client service. I want to note down what I’ve learned over 10 years of building websites for clients. I also want to jot down […]

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Embedded Gists in a Flexbox Layout: Too Soon?

I’ve been tidying up a bit around here and (for the most part) restructured the entire style layer of Monday By Noon to be both mobile-first and Flexbox based. I’m officially smitten with Flexbox and use it quite a bit now. I got caught up on an issue as I was updating existing content, specifically the code […]

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Jetbrains: The unicorn Silicon Valley doesn’t like to talk about

It is simple. Jetbrains has the better product. For each IDE that Jetbrains offers, there exists a free alternative, whether its Eclipse, Visual Studio or Sublime Text. Some of these, like Eclipse & Visual Studio even have huge resources behind them. The reason you pay for a Jebrains’ IDE is simply cause it is better. […]

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Hustling for the Sake of Getting Things Done

I’m hesitant to write any of this down because it unintentionally comes off as pretentious; as though I’ve got it all figured out. I want to start out by saying that is far from the case. This fact can be verified by those around me, the people in my life. My wife has been a […]

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How to do a Product Critique

This article uses the word ‘app’ a lot but I think it can be generalized into many things, even WordPress plugins. I think the article does a great job of explaining the marketing process for a digital product. There is so much that goes into the process of figuring out your user base and trying […]

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One Question That Will Reveal What Kind Of Coder You Are

Is software development more like building a bridge or is it more like painting a painting? I hadn’t heard this question personally before, but honestly I think it’s a mix of the two. Programming is definitely an (abstract) art form in my opinion. There’s so much to the expression of how code could work, and […]

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The Gentle Art of Patch Review

Open source is wicked hard. It’s difficult on a number of levels, most of them social if we’re honest. It’s really difficult to express emotion as text. Whether that be in an email, a Slack channel, a Trac ticket or Github issue. There are times when someone may mean well and it comes across all […]

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The damage of examples

This is a fantastic reminder for us, as we all love checking out code demos don’t we? And this is inevitably damaging. These examples can be horrible in many ways – reliability, portability, security – and accessibility. It raises a question of laziness, something for which I am a repeat offender. Code examples are how […]

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Improving Your Process: Vetting Clients from the Start

I listen to podcasts every day. Many of them focus on business in a number of capacities, many of them don’t. I found it interesting that two podcasts I listened to nearly back-to-back discussed client onboarding. It wasn’t the focal point of either episode, they each touched on the topic for just a few minutes, […]

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