Sander van HooftI am a freelance software developer, trainer and consultant from The Netherlands, specialized in purpose built IT solutions for the FinTech sector.

Currently I live in Burgundy, France, with my girlfriend and my cat. The scenery and the food are absolutely great. But I miss being close to my family, friends and clients. So in 2019 I will be moving back to The Netherlands.

My resume is on LinkedIn. The short version is I received a Masters degree in Information Science. And worked for a number of large corporations in the Energy sector and Technology Research & Development.

One of my current clients is Mollie, a Dutch online payment service provider (PSP) focused on Europe. I am developing and maintaining all Mollie – Laravel integrations  (Laravel Mollie – Cashier, Spark and Nova integrations are on the roadmap).

Besides working on some client projects I am currently building a platform for Dutch freelance animators, researching algorithmic trading systems and developing the Mastering Laravel Package Development course. As a precursor to this I have launched the Laravel package development from scratch E-mail course.

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By the way… Why Laravel?

Given its popularity, the Laravel PHP framework tends to be the obvious choice for many web application developers. I must admit, it’s a really neat framework.

However, I did not start out with Laravel.

During the last 15 years (oh my…) I have been looking for a development approach that fits 95% of my projects, whatever stage the project is in (rapid prototyping, MVP, scaling up to thousands of users).

So I have been working with many(!) methods… oldskool ASP, plain PHP, Zend PHP, Symfony PHP, WordPress, Flask Python, Django Python, NodeJS, Meteor JS, Apollo JS, Full stack React.

Each approach has its pro’s and cons. Some I hope to never have to touch again. Others are really nice for specific use cases.

Laravel stood the test of time because of its robustness, scalability and flexible architecture. It fits most of my project needs – not only as a web framework, but as a software framework.

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