Matthew Setter

Hi, I'm Matthew Setter, and this is my blog. I'm an independant software developer (or software craftsman), specialising in writing test-driven applications backed by continuous delivery. I'm also a Pluralsight author, technical writer, and podcaster.

Creating Online Courses - Here We Go! July 25th, 2016

Creating Online Courses - Here We Go!

Whilst I love being a software developer and a technical writer, above all I love to teach. Today I decided to embrace that passion. Here’s a bit of the back story, and part of the plan for the future.

The Challenge of the Single Developer July 25th, 2016

The Challenge of the Single Developer

Recently I was emailed by a fellow developer regarding how to mitigate a business’ concern about single person risk. Here’s my thoughts on that question.

A Project Retrospective May 26th, 2016

A Project Retrospective

After four and a half months on a project, it’s time to look back and reflect on what went well, what didn’t, and what could have gone better.

How Did You Choose Your Career Path? May 26th, 2016

How Did You Choose Your Career Path?

Have you ever stopped to consider why you chose your career path? Was it out of fear? Was it chosen for you? Was it the safe choice? Was it because you always wanted to?

How To Be An Authentic Writer May 26th, 2016

How To Be An Authentic Writer

If you’ve ever looked at a lot of modern writing, especially in either business or politics, you’ll know that it’s often anything but authentic.

The 3 Key Skills You Need to Be a Technical Writer May 24th, 2016

The 3 Key Skills You Need to Be a Technical Writer

If you’re considering being a technical writer, there are three essential skills which you need to have. That is if you want to write authentically. Today, I’m going to go over each of them, showing why they’re essential, as well as providing tips and suggestions on how you can improve if you’re light on in any one of them.

Using the Pomodoro Technique to Improve Your Work Life Balance May 24th, 2016

Using the Pomodoro Technique to Improve Your Work Life Balance

As you may, or may not, know, I briefly stopped freelancing a few months ago, when I took up a full-time software development contract. I felt that I wasn’t doing as well at freelancing as I should, and that something needed to change.

3 Tips to be Expert Enough May 23rd, 2016

3 Tips to be Expert Enough

If you’re a writer or, actually, any professional, you’ll have had doubts about your abilities, about your level of knowledge, about your level of expertise — perhaps on a regular basis. It needn’t be this way.

To Thine Own Self Be True May 18th, 2016

To Thine Own Self Be True

I don’t remember where I first heard these words, but they’ve been ringing in my ears for the last few weeks — the last few months even. They’re words which I’ve been pondering the significance of to my life, to the work I do on a daily basis.