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    1. Full-stack developers starting a software agency?

      Hey guys, I have been flip-flopping back and forth on this idea for a while, and would love some feedback on whether peeps would find this valuable. Although I still call my self a "software...

      Hey guys,

      I have been flip-flopping back and forth on this idea for a while, and would love some feedback on whether peeps would find this valuable.

      Although I still call my self a "software developer" (and try to code daily), for the last 8 years I have ran a small 5-person agency that I started from the ground up, so my role was really CEO/CTO/CFO/Everything-O. My company focused on delivering high-quality custom software. Not brochure websites, and not Wordpress - our niche was internal business software (or as I like to call it "boring software for boring businesses") - and for a client service company we got very high margins of return.

      Last year my business was acquired by a larger company which was an amazing result after the time and effort I had poured into it. I have realised I now want to help other developers who want to start their own software agency, or maybe they already have and are looking for hints or advice on certain topics.

      So I have started Dev to Agency - a part blog part guidebook for how a full-stack developer can start and successfully run a software development agency, the things to pay attention too (and the things to ignore), and the key-values that I feel helped my business go from nothing, to 7 figures per year, and then to being acquired (if that is a path people would want to take).

      I have just published my first couple of posts, About Dev To Agency that is a rundown of what I hope to achieve with this, then a post about My small custom software development agency - which gives an overview of what I built and where I think my articles will add value, and lastly You are the gold standard which covers how I feel an owner/maker should set the businesses standards and practises based of their personal values.

      I have never written a blog before (or really done any writing before), so it would be fantastic to get some feedback from the community, and if there are any developers that this could interest then please subscribe on the website.

      Cheers,

      Chris.

      15 votes
    2. I started a React and React Native screencast, I'd love to get your opinion on it

      I have always believed that sharing what you know is very important. Altruistically, it helps create a wealth of knowledge that anyone can build upon. Selfishly, it creates a knowledge-base for...

      I have always believed that sharing what you know is very important.

      Altruistically, it helps create a wealth of knowledge that anyone can build upon.

      Selfishly, it creates a knowledge-base for your future self, and - arguably more importantly - helps you build a following.

      After years of pondering on the idea, I took the plunge and started a screencast on React and React Native. I only published four episodes so far, and they are all very basic, but I'm planning on publishing a video every other day for a few months at least.

      It's called RNcasts. You can see it here. I would love to get your opinion on it.

      It's by no means perfect, it hurts my eyes to look at it, and it hurts my ears to hear my own voice, but I had to get started somewhere.

      Also, I will be sharing my journey of working on this screencast on the RNcasts blog. If you are interested in starting your own screencast or video course, feel free to follow it. I'm hoping to share all I learn, the good and the bad.

      4 votes
    3. Open Standards Are Simple

      (I am not directly posting as a link, as I have originally shared this over Gemini, which I don't think a majority of the people here have a client for, and directly linking to a proxy just seemed...

      (I am not directly posting as a link, as I have originally shared this over Gemini, which I don't think a majority of the people here have a client for, and directly linking to a proxy just seemed weird to me. So here are both the original and proxied links for people to choose between)

      gemini://ebc.li/posts/open-standards-are-simple.gmi (HTTP Proxy)

      13 votes