Andy Coates

Hi, I'm Andy Coates, a freelance PHP and Javascript developer based in Exeter, Devon.

I've worked in the web and software industry for over 15 years, specialising in turning business requirements into user-friendly solutions with a solid technical backing.

I graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Digital Art & Technology from University of Plymouth in 2006. Since then I've worked on hundreds of projects from Single Page Applications to Data Processing Pipelines for clients varying in size from start-ups to public institutions to large multi-national corporations.

Back-end skills

  • Modern PHP using Composer
  • Frameworks such as Symfony and Laravel
  • Strong database (MySQL) skills & optimisation
  • LAMP and LEMP stacks
  • Integration with third-party services/APIs (Google Maps, accounting suites, etc)
  • Content Management Systems (Wordpress, Craft, etc)

Front-end skills

  • Frameworks (Vue, Angular & React)
  • Unit testing (Jasmine, Karma, etc)
  • CSS3 using LESS and SASS
  • Modern Javascript: ES6+ and functional patterns
  • UI design


  • Requirements Analysis & Project Management
  • Working alongside existing teams
  • Git (branched workflow using Bitbucket & Github)
  • Linux administration
  • Build tools (Grunt, Gulp & Webpack)