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Justin is a technical professional with a passion for learning and 18+ years of experience leading teams to build enterprise-grade distributed applications that solve real-world problems. Justin firmly believes that collaboration across all facets of a business, from development to marketing to sales, is required to succeed in this endeavor.
David has been developing websites and web applications for all of his adult life. As a software engineer, he's worked for many diverse software companies from early-stage startups to Google. David is experienced with many web frameworks and environments, but he particularly enjoys developing with Meteor.js. He appreciates the importance of quality code as well as the need to meet scheduling demands.
James is a software engineer and consultant focused on web development. He has over a decade of experience in both startup and enterprise business environments building solutions where full-stack skills, creative thinking, and high attention to detail are key, and fast turnaround is paramount.
Starting as a Google intern, Ahmad has been leading the development of B2B services and admin web apps since 2015. On projects, he typically makes the architectural decisions about state management, framework selection, testing strategies, folder structure, team load and task allocation, and mentoring junior developers. Ahmad has also built shared UI component libraries, reusable CSS code, higher-order components, and best practices for scalable and maintainable codebases.
Ricardo has been coding for over 20 years, having worked on projects in more than 10 programming languages. He has co-founded companies, worked in a few successful startups as CTO, and managed distributed teams of developers and product designers. Ricardo's recent work has ranged from data science and machine learning to high-performing web and mobile applications, including Web3 and crypto.
With a solid mathematical knowledge base and a professional software developer background, Stepan has the experience and skills to fulfill most software engineering role. During his professional career, he's worked on various projects including large enterprise systems, web development, and cloud computing. Stepan is always eager to explore new areas in computer science and apply bleeding-edge technologies.
Anton is a senior C# developer with over ten years of experience developing both native (WinForms, WPF) and web (ASP.NET) applications for .NET and .NET Core platforms. He has expertise in leading teams, mentoring developers, automating processes, and developing web applications' front-end. He writes exceptionally clean code and is a stickler for testing, ensuring accuracy and stability.
Davor is a senior full-stack developer with 9+ years of experience, skilled in crafting scalable and efficient solutions. Proficient in both monolithic and microservice architectures, Davor is a versatile asset to any team and project with a deep understanding of front-end and back-end technologies. With a passion for problem-solving and constant learning, he is the perfect candidate to drive your company's growth.
Nicolas is a senior UI/UX designer and web developer with over 16 years of experience working in the full cycle of development and deployment. He studied web, desktop, and video game development at Image Campus and architecture and design at the Universidad de Belgrano. As an experienced developer, Nicolas isn’t overly picky about projects; what he values is creating and maintaining a good relationship with the client.
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First, define your project requirements: Clearly outline the technical skills, experience, and expertise needed for your project. Consider the frameworks, libraries, or tools the developer should (or must) know how to use, and determine whether you need a junior, mid-level, or senior developer.
Finally, leverage your network: Reach out to your professional contacts, attend industry events or meetups, and consider referrals from colleagues or friends to find potential candidates.
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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to identifying the perfect candidate for your project, but these are the three most important aspects to take into consideration:
Is the project starting from scratch?
Is there tech stack overlap?
Will they be under the supervision of a senior developer?
To summarize, start your hiring process by clearly defining your project’s needs, skills gap, and problem statement(s). Then use that context to inform the level of developer you will hire. If your project requires starting from scratch or designing a new core feature, investing in expert talent is justified. However, for less-complex tasks or when working with a limited budget, a junior developer who will have adequate supervision or a mid-level developer with previous experience in the right skills can be a cost-effective solution.
Knowledge of asynchronous programming, event handling, and callbacks is very important, allowing apps to accomplish tasks in parallel. When working with web technology in particular, developers will use external connections often, e.g., to fetch images from storage, make database requests, and call APIs. Without asynchronous programming, most server requests would cause webpages to take several seconds to load—a surefire way to lose customers.
Experience with version control systems, such as Git is a necessity for any developer, including juniors, as it allows collaborating on large teams, tracking code changes (to allow for backtracking), and resolving conflicts, all of which are integral throughout the project lifecycle.
Knowledge of software design patterns and coding best practices allows developers to create maintainable, scalable and, most importantly, readable code, making it easier for other developers to collaborate or take over projects.
The ability to write modular code makes it easier to understand, test, and maintain a large codebase. It allows for easier tracking of issues, simpler updates, and lower likelihood of conflicts between developers’ updates. A typical characteristic of more experienced developers is the ability to write properly modularized code.
Understanding testing and debugging techniques is one of the most important aspects of a developer’s job and also one of the most differentiating attributes between junior and senior developers. Bugs are part of the lifecycle of apps. So a developer should be familiar with standard testing methodology, know how to create a good test environment, and be adept at finding bugs quickly.
There are three more key skills that only apply to front-end development:
HTML, CSS, and DOM manipulation are the building blocks of the design of a website, and any front-end developer candidate should be experienced in using them. DOM manipulation encapsulates changes to a website that are visible to the user, e.g., animations or single-page apps. Even with modern frameworks where these aspects aren’t worked with directly very often, developers still need to know what’s happening behind the scenes to be effective.
Familiarity with browser compatibility issues and cross-browser testing involves understanding the differences among browsers and their rendering engines. Skilled developers address these discrepancies and perform cross-browser testing to ensure consistent user experiences across various platforms, devices, and browser versions, optimizing the application’s accessibility and reach.
Start with a solid template and include as many details as possible to try to narrow the channel of prospective applicants and thereby avoid drowning in applications. Here are some specific points you might include about your project to help applicants appropriately—but not too zealously—self-select:
The tech stack, tools, and industry
Whether the project is new or in process
The estimated length of the project
The expected outcome
The current team’s skills and gaps
Whether the position is remote, partly remote, or fully on-site
Interviews are more likely to yield a more balanced assessment if they include a mix of contextual questions—higher-level discussions about a project’s technical decisions or issues encountered—and more technical questions like these:
Null represents an intentional absence of any object value, while undefined represents a variable that has been declared but has not been assigned a value.
If a developer doesn’t need to know whether the variable is null or undefined, they can use a standard equality check against null; if they do, they’ll need a strict equality check. A good follow-up question: Ask the candidate to explain a time when they faced a situation needing a null check and the reasoning behind whether it needed to be strict or not.
What is the difference between the equality (==) and strict equality (===) operator? When should you use which?
The equality operator performs type coercion, which means it attempts to convert the operands to a common type before making the comparison. The strict equality operator never converts before comparing.
The equality operator is quite dangerous to use and is generally frowned upon since it can yield unexpected results, like the fact that an empty string is considered equal to the number zero when the two are coerced to the same type.
var is function-scoped and can be redeclared and reassigned. let and const are block-scoped, and let allows reassignment, while const does not.
Lastly, as with the job description, it’s worth including questions about more specific technologies, e.g. Node.js, that are pertinent to your project.