How to hire MVC framework specialists
Building an application with popular MVC (model-view-controller) frameworks such as CakePHP, Symfony, and ASP.NET MVC? An MVC framework specialist can help you design the user interface (UI) for your application.
So how do you hire MVC framework specialists? What follows are some tips for finding top MVC framework consultants on Upwork.
How to shortlist MVC framework professionals
As you’re browsing available MVC framework consultants, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the professionals you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:
- Technology fit. You want an MVC framework specialist who knows the specific MVC framework you wish to use in your technology stack.
- Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., C# developer experienced with ASP.NET MVC).
- Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular MVC framework specialist.
How to write an effective MVC framework job post
With a clear picture of your ideal MVC framework specialist in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample MVC framework job post titles:
- Seeking a PHP developer experienced with MVC to build a website with Laravel
- ASP.NET MVC framework specialist needed for an enterprise web app
- Java developer needed with Spring MVC experience
MVC framework project description
An effective MVC framework job post should include:
- Scope of work: From ecommerce sites to enterprise apps, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain technologies, MVC frameworks, or developer tools, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
MVC framework specialist job responsibilities
Here are some examples of MVC framework specialist job responsibilities:
- Design and develop web UIs with an MVC design pattern
- Build and maintain a test suite for application development
- Troubleshoot issues and provide routine maintenance, testing, and updates
MVC framework specialist requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in an MVC framework specialist. Here are some examples:
- Experience with your desired MVC framework (e.g., ASP.NET MVC, Spring, CakePHP)
- Proficiency in your desired server-side scripting language (e.g., Java for Spring, C# for ASP.NET MVC, PHP for Symfony).
MVC Framework Specialists FAQ
What is MVC?
MVC is short for model-view-controller. It’s a UI design pattern that separates development concerns among three components:
- Model, which handles the data layer consisting of business logic and data powering an application.
- View, which is the presentation layer, the part of an application a user sees and interacts with.
- Controller, which updates models and views based on user input.
MVC is the most popular design pattern for achieving SoC (separation of concerns) in software development. There are many ways to implement the MVC design pattern and many variations or extensions of this concept such as MVVM (model-view-viewmodel) and MVP (model-view-presenter).
How much does it cost to hire an MVC framework specialist?
The first step to determining the cost to hire an MVC framework specialist will be to define your needs. Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
Cost factor #1: project scope
The first variable to consider when determining scope is the nature of the work that needs to be completed. Not all MVC framework projects are created equal. Building a simple GUI (graphical user interface) to present business intelligence to your internal analysts will take less time than building an enterprise software-as-a-service app that will be deployed to consumers.
Tip: The more accurately your job description describes the scope of your project, the easier it will be for talent to give you accurate cost estimates and proposals.
Cost factor #2: MVC framework experience
Choosing the right level of expertise for the job is closely tied to how well you determined the scope of your project. You wouldn’t need an advanced C# developer to whip up a simple landing page with ASP.NET MVC, but building an enterprise web app will require greater expertise. Beyond experience level, you need to consider the type of experience the talent possesses.
The following table breaks down the rates of the typical types of MVC framework specialists you can find on Upwork.
Rates charged by MVC framework specialists on Upwork
Types of MVC Framework Specialists
ASP.NET MVC Developer
Java MVC Developer
Working knowledge of the Java web development ecosystem. Experienced with one or more Java MVC frameworks (e.g., Apache Struts, Spring MVC, JSF).
PHP MVC Developer
Working knowledge of the PHP web development ecosystem. Experienced with one or more PHP MVC frameworks (e.g., Laravel, CakePHP, Symfony).
Cost factor #3: location
Location is another variable that can impact an MVC framework specialist’s cost. It’s no secret that you can leverage differences in purchasing power between countries to gain savings on talent. But it’s also important to factor in hidden costs such as language barriers, time zones, and the logistics of managing a remote team. The real advantage to sourcing talent remotely on Upwork is the ability to scan a global talent pool for the best possible person for the job. Location is no longer an obstacle.
Cost factor #4: independent contractor vs. agency
The final variable regarding talent cost is hiring an independent contractor vs. an agency. An agency is often a “one size fits all” model, so you’ll often have access to a designer, a project manager, an engineer, and more. When hiring individuals you have total autonomy regarding who is responsible for which part of the project, but you’ll need to source each of those skills separately.
The trade-off between hiring individuals vs. hiring an agency is the level of administrative overhead you incur personally in coordinating tasks among all members of the team. Project scope and personal preference will determine which style is a better fit for your needs.
MVC Framework Tips and Best Practices
Remember that MVC is just a design pattern, not an architecture
When it comes to MVC, the terms design pattern and application architecture are often used interchangeably, especially in the marketing copy of different software development products.
But it’s important for developers to know that in its original implementation, MVC was envisioned as a UI design pattern. That distinction is important, because unlike an application architecture, which provides a design solution for your entire application, MVC is concerned only with the programming logic that goes into the UI:
- Model: Business logic (data manipulation)
- View: Formatting and rendering
- Controller: User-driven event handling
Application development aspects such as routing, data storage, parsing, and networking aren’t accounted for by default, and it is up to you, the developer, to decide whether they should be included in the model, the view, or the controller. MVC can be part of a larger, more comprehensive application architecture.
Test smart and test often
A well-documented test suite that grows with your application will ensure you’re able to update and maintain your application with minimal downtime and disruptions. It’s better to catch code-breaking changes before you push a build to production.
Consider adopting TDD (test-driven development), an Agile development methodology that involves writing code iteratively in three steps:
- Red: Write a test for a software feature that fails
- Green: Write the minimum code needed to pass the test
- Refactor: Rewrite your passing code to best practices
Not only will TDD help you maximize your test coverage, but it will also encourage your development team to write well-documented, modular, reusable code. Encourage unit tests during development and regression testing before deployment.
Don’t repeat yourself; automate
According to the DRY principle, “Every piece of knowledge or logic must have a single, unambiguous representation within a system.” In other words, if you find yourself repeating the same piece of code over and over again, chances are high that you could refactor it into more-efficient code.
It turns out that the DRY principle can also be expanded beyond the code to the entire software development life cycle. If there’s something you find yourself doing repetitively, such as configuring your cloud resources, there’s a good chance it’s worth investing a little extra time in automation tools to make your life easier (e.g., automating server provisioning with Ansible playbooks).