Custom Responsive Image Gallery
Oct 2015 - Nov 2015
Pros: Taras has average coding skills as well as basic design skills, so one could possibly benefit from hiring an “all-in-one” person for their project, especially if it’s neither bandwidth-sensitive nor time-sensitive.
Cons: On technical side he heavily uses templates, third-party components, often unnecessary, and automated build scripts which all result in ineffective heavyweight code and rather deprecated practices (absolute CSS positioning and hard-coded dimensions, placing content into CSS rather than HTML, using JS instead of CSS for presentation purposes, etc,). Still this might work for some projects.
What’s worse though is Taras’s attitude towards work. He misses deadlines and important requirements and seems to ignore repeatedly the ones he doesn’t like or understand, such as legal-related links. He doesn’t seem to do even a brief QA after making changes which often results in broken mobile version after applying changes into desktop one or vice versa. Few times Taras tried to get away with half-done work, so I had to spend many hours QA-ing and creating lists of issues, half of which usually got ignored, so I had to start over and over again. I ended up wasting lots of my time while I paid for doing work for me, i.e. saving my time.
But the worst is that he tends to take technical requests personally and gets upset, which makes things worse and adds unnecessary tension.
He seems to be a little paranoid about payments, too: while we agreed on three milestones, in the middle of Milestone 2 he started demanding “half pay for half milestone” which looked very strange to me. It became even more strange when he explained that the demand was triggered by my pretty reasonable request to remove a bunch of duplicate lines from a huge CSS file.
Bottom line: while Taras definitely has some technical abilities, his attitude towards work has lots of room for improvement. Assuming insufficient quality of his work and waste of my time caused by inappropriate attitude towards work, I wouldn’t hire Taras again.