Hi, I'm Matthew Setter

I'm a freelance software developer, technical writer, teacher, & podcaster.
I focus on security, software development, excellent technical documentation, & building a fulfilling software development career.
Take a look at my portfolio, read my blog, have a listen to the podcast, or get in touch.

An Initial Sphinx-Doc Workflow March 7th, 2017

An Initial Sphinx-Doc Workflow

Do you use Sphinx-Doc and reStructuredText to manage your project's technical documentation? Do you find that it's a lot of work to ensure content validates and renders correctly? If so, this post walks through an initial workflow which seeks to make the process easier and more efficient.

Don't Ramp Up - Get Stuck In and Create Magic March 1st, 2017

Don't Ramp Up - Get Stuck In and Create Magic

Do you have something that you feel passionate about, something that you'd love to see realised? If so, how are you using your time? Are you using it effectively? Or are you, in fact, throwing so much of it away on pointless, trivial, tasks, by ramping up every day? Come learn what ramping up is, and why it's costing you your success.

Sometimes, Answers Lie In Plain Sight January 10th, 2017

Sometimes, Answers Lie In Plain Sight

Have you ever been stuck on a problem and thought that the answer had to be complex or sophisticated. Did you ultimately find that you overcomplicated the situation? If you do, don’t fret. It happens to all of us at times. Come with me today, as we consider how to not get lost in complicated answers to simple questions.

Looking Forward To 2017 November 28th, 2016

Looking Forward To 2017

Well, New Years is almost here, so it's time to reflect on the year that was, as well as look forward to the year to come. Let's see what went well. But, more importantly, let's see what's coming up.

What Does Being A Freelancer Mean? November 28th, 2016

What Does Being A Freelancer Mean?

Are you a freelancer? Do you think like one? If not, it may be costing in more ways than just lost income. Take a walk with me today as we consider two essential changes you need to make when you become a freelancer.

How Do You Start as a Freelancer November 22nd, 2016

How Do You Start as a Freelancer

In recent times, work can be a daunting, even scary, thing. But it doesn’t need to be. Freelancing can be a viable option, even if it’s just something on the side. Give me a few minutes, and I’ll show you the essentials you need to get started.

The Essentials Tools You Need To Teach Online November 15th, 2016

The Essentials Tools You Need To Teach Online

A friend asked me recently what the essential tools are that I use to create podcasts and online courses. In this post, I detail them, along with why they are the ones I use.

Reflections on Ruby from a PHP Developer October 10th, 2016

Reflections on Ruby from a PHP Developer

I’ve been looking to break away from PHP and web-based development for some time now. But doing so has been a case of easier said than done. Recently, though, I’ve managed to make a breakthrough.

Reflections on ZendCon 2016 October 10th, 2016

Reflections on ZendCon 2016

For as long as I can remember, ZendCon’s always been a conference which I’ve wanted to attend. Why? Perhaps it’s because it’s marketed as the top conference in the PHP world. Regardless, here’s my reflections on ZendCon 2016.

Becoming a Polyglot Developer (again) October 10th, 2016

Becoming a Polyglot Developer (again)

I’ve been developing software in PHP for a long time. But I recently decided to return to my polyglot roots, developing in multiple languages on a regular basis. The question is, which language, or languages, are the right ones to learn and use.