I decided to work for myself about 3 years ago (2013) when me and my wife decided to move to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. It was far from being a clear cut decision. The factors were a mix of cost of living in uber expensive Vancouver, slower pace of life, easier access to child care, less pressure to both work full time… The one thing that was clear cut for me was that the technology sector in Nanaimo is small, very small, so I knew that contracting as a freelancer was my only reliable option for making a living. It took me about 1 year to really get things going, but I can say that it’s been a very enjoyable experience with some mistakes but I would say mostly positive wins. Instead of sharing war stories, which I might do in another post, I thought a good summary of my top 10s would be helpful to those thinking about freelancing or to peers doing it already looking to compare notes.
Playspedia is my latest creation that I’ve taken on for 2011. In short, it’s the Ultimate playbook for people to share animated plays with dragging and dropping, and annotating each step. My brother and I created this after running the Ultimatehandbook for many years and realized there was not a simple way for Ultimate players to illustrate plays online. While it’s still in its very early stages, Playspedia has been quickly adopted by the community and shared on various blogs.
In the past years, it seems like more and more people have been talking about APIs and yet a lot of people don’t seem to really know what an API is. An API in short is defined as an Application Programming Interface, doesn’t sound so special does it? Continue with reading
Ever since I’ve been developing software, I have found that explaining what programmers do to non technical people has been as challenging as developing itself. You may ask why this is even important? Well, there are many reasons actually. Here are a few I can think of: Continue with reading