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Matt Stauffer

Partner + Technical Director

Matt is an accomplished developer, teacher, writer, and communicator. Since the late 90s, Matt has been thinking deeply about coding practices, while continuously refining his craft. He combines an aptitude for big-picture thinking with serious development chops, honed in his professional practice and through his continuous onslaught of side projects.

In recent years, Matt has become deeply involved in the Laravel community, and his blog at mattstauffer.co has become required reading for Laravel developers and responsive designers alike. Matt is a regular speaker at Laracon, and has written a book entitled Laravel: Up and Running, published by O’Reilly Media in 2016.

As technical director, Matt provides leadership on every client project, directs and mentors our growing development team, and leads all of Tighten’s internal product development efforts. Matt is fiercely passionate about work and life, and he keeps Tighten and our clients on their toes at all times.

A Brief Introduction to Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs
If you're like me, you like to keep at the relative forefront of frontend web development, but trying to stay on the bleeding edge is exhausting. I know Vue and React and ES6; I haven't touched broccoli, next.js, or whatever else is the newest...
The Inaugural Tighten Dev Battle: A Retrospective
Last week was Tighten's annual company on-site, where we bring the entire company together in one place for a few days to get to know each other, make plans for the future, and accomplish a few high-level tasks that are easier in person--for example,...
Q&A With The Speakers from Laracon Online 2017
Wednesday was the inaugural Laracon Online, an online conference devoted to bringing great Laravel teaching to folks who may not be able to attend an in-person conference. Tighten co-founder Matt Stauffer spoke on...
Let the Developers Carry Your Message
Tighten loves the Cubs. Dan's a lifetime Cubs fan and he finally got me on the bandwagon this summer, and even folks in the company who weren't previously fans became fans temporarily when Dan promised the whole company a day off in the case of a Cubs...
MailThief by Tighten - a Package for Testing Mail in Laravel
Last week we launched a package called MailThief that's designed to make it simple to test your Laravel mail. Laravel's current integration testing features make it easy to test that certain...
Introducing Laravel Echo
Tighten partner Matt Stauffer has written an in-depth introduction to Laravel's new Event Broadcasting tool, Echo. So, what is Laravel Echo? It's a tool that makes it easy for you to bring the power of WebSockets to your Laravel...
The Great Tighten Experiment
Dan and I are asked often about the backstory of Tighten. How did Tighten begin? That's an interesting-ish story, I guess, but what's more interesting to me is, "why?" There are other consultancies out there; why put ourselves through the...
Introducing Jigsaw, a Static Site Generator for Laravel Developers
That's right, Tighten has created a Laravel-based static site generator named Jigsaw, and we think it's pretty great. Before I write another line of this post, I want to address the looming question:...
Setting Up Your First Vue.js Site Using Laravel Elixir and Vueify
It's true what they say—there seems to be a new JavaScript framework every day. We haven't tried them all at Tighten, but we've tried quite a few, and while we've found some lacking, we've found one that truly excels: Vue.js. It's not actually new,...
Creating a Password-less, Medium-style, Email-only Authentication System in Laravel
Recently I was working on a project where one of our major pain points was users' passwords. Users were added to the application by administrators, so they didn't have passwords when they were first added, and forcing them to set and remember...
Statamic v2 Beta: First Impressions of a New Laravel-based Flat-file CMS
I've been a CMS guy for a long time. The first web site I was paid to create—back in 2000, I think—was hand-written PHP, but I quickly made my way through MovableType, then WordPress, and finally ExpressionEngine before I moved out of the CMS...
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