Here's a recommendation I wrote for Val for LinkedIn that I thought would be applicable here, too:
To whom it may concern,
Val has been my mentor for around six months, and within that time I have spent over 100 hours on Codementor with him. My reviews for him can be seen at https://www.codementor.io/foxted#/review
We have focused mainly on PHP and Laravel, where he is an expert and his knowledge has impressed me.
And he has introduced me to several helpful tools such as Trello, Telegram, Postman, Pusher, iTerm, and Fractal.
He’s a clever guy with great problem-solving skills. He has even been able to help me with technologies he wasn’t very familiar with.
He values the quality of his work. When he has been stuck on something he has persisted until he has figured it out. And he has stayed up late in order to finish tasks.
When I asked him to write me a recommendation, it seemed he would be out of his comfort zone because he told me he had never written one before and didn’t know what to write. But that didn’t stop him from putting a lot of care into it and doing a quality job. He even cared about fixing small graMmaticaL deTails.
There was a time when I expressed dissatisfaction with his work, and he responded well. It seems over time he has learned how I like things to be done, as well as become a better teacher. He shows humility in the areas he can improve (in both coding and life), and is good at apologising when he could have done better.
I have been impressed by his English since I know it isn’t his first language, and on some occasions I have had to Google a word he has used to find out its meaning. Communicating with him is very easy.
His enthusiasm has been evident at times when I have requested to pause a session while I complete a task on my own, and he has either watched as I worked, or continued writing code for me, while not getting paid.
He has been really generous, helping me for free outside of sessions, as well as wanting to let me decide how much to pay him because he was concerned about going over my budget.
He is self-motivated and self-taught. He has been honest with me at his own expense, and seems to genuinely and enthusiastically want to help.
There recently came a point where it seemed I was running out of reasons for a session with him. While I was excited to have come that far, I felt sad. Already I miss our sessions and his company. They have been so much fun and have given me some hilarious memories. And I have learned so much from him in heaps less time than I would have on my own. I have found myself thinking, ‘If only I could get a job that is like these sessions.'
If you’re looking to hire an expert Laravel or PHP developer, I think you will love his work.