Hi, I'm Matthew Setter

I'm a software developer, technical writer, & teacher,
with a strong focus on secure software development, continuous development, deployment, & integration, & creating great documentation.

Vim - The Distraction Free Editor July 20th, 2017

Vim - The Distraction Free Editor

A little while ago, I took to Twitter in a sense of jubilant excitement announcing that VIM was THE distraction-free editor. As it's been quite some time since, I honestly don't remember exactly what it was that motivated me to do so.

Visual Debt. Really? June 14th, 2017

Visual Debt. Really?

Recently, Jeffrey Way published what's become quite a controversial video in the PHP community on Laracasts, discussing a concept called Visual Debt.

How to Do Basic Debugging With Docker Compose April 18th, 2017

How to Do Basic Debugging With Docker Compose

Ever been using docker-compose to build a container setup, but something's not worked and you're not sure why? Well, here's a basic process you can follow to debug the situation, find out what happened, and get your containers up and running.

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.