Rick West

Dad. Husband. Developer. Heating Engineer. Human.

Sheffield PHP

I’m sat on the train, slightly intoxicated, on the way home from my first ever meetup. Sheffield PHP. Kindly sponsored by...


Why striving for perfection might be holding you back as a newbie web developer

I am a perfectionist. Or, at least, I like to think I am. Either way, I’m definitely somewhere close. That’s all well...


Getting comfortable being uncomfortable!

When you feel uncomfortable, it means you’re moving forward and exploring new territory. So, does that mean being...


How to dig yourself out of the coding tutorial rut

Stop following tutorials and start building things!


Getting my first Web Development job

I was a 29-year-old plumber with a wife, kids, and a mortgage. Although I enjoyed plumbing, I wanted more. I wanted a job of...


What Programming Language Should I Learn First?

What programming language should I learn first? The question every new or aspiring developer asks themselves. I dread to...


Want to learn web development but don’t know where to start?

A little guide to help you get started navigate the multitude of available resources.


It's been a while...

Wow...just realised how long it has been since I've posted anything. So much for my intention to post a couple of times a...


Why Programming?

The boiler installation job that inspired my switch from Plumbing to Web Development