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Freelance Web Designer: Codementor Gave Us a Faster, More Scalable App

–  May 06, 2014

Brad Cerasani Freelance designer and front-end developer Brad Cerasani designs apps and websites for small- to mid-size businesses.

After teaching himself node.js to create an application for a client, Brad needed a more experienced pair of eyes to look it over. That’s how he found Codementor.

With on-demand code reviews on Codementor, Brad was able to build a faster, more scalable Node.js app for hundreds of thousands of users.


I subscribe to a handful of educational sites, like Code School, Treehouse, and Codecademy, to learn new languages and level-up my skills. I’ve made good progress with these sites, but I often find myself looking for feedback on my code and deeper insight into software methodologies. Sites like Stack Overflow are great at addressing specific problems or bugs in code, but answers often lack explanation of why things are behaving the way they are, and of how I can prevent them from happening again.

I recently needed to write a small real-time web application for a client, and decided to give Node.js a try. I spent a weekend reviewing online tutorials, and by Monday I had a working application. While it was functional, I wasn’t prepared to push it live to several hundred thousand users without at least having it checked over by someone more experienced with Node. This is how I found Codementor.

Within 10 minutes of detailing my request for a code review on Codementor, I had a session scheduled with an experienced Node.js expert. This type of rapid iteration would not be possible for freelancers like myself without tools like Codementor.

Enter Codementor

Within 10 minutes of detailing my request for a code review on Codementor, I had a session scheduled with an experienced Node.js expert. 20 minutes after that, my Codementor Seva was walking me through ways to refactor and optimize my application, and explained his suggestions every step of the way.

After our session I had a deeper understanding of Node and a hit list of upgrades for my app that I worked on for the rest of the day. I scheduled a follow-up session with Seva the next morning so he could review my updates and answer any other questions I had along the way. In less than 24 hours I had an app that was significantly faster, more stable, and more flexible.

This type of feedback and rapid iteration would not be possible for freelancers like myself without tools like Codementor. It enabled me to write better code faster, and I look forward to using it again soon.


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