About me

Hello, my name is Aaron Francis.

I'm a software developer and content creator. I'm a developer educator at PlanetScale , a MySQL database platform. Twitter all the time, and I make videos on YouTube .

I'm a CPA and used to be a tax accountant at a Big 4, but I've gladly left that life far behind me.

I love making things and having lots of projects going. I live in Dallas with my beautiful and perfect wife Jennifer, our two-year-old twins, and our two-month-old twins.

I'm very online, you can find me lots of places:

Me and the Boss

Me and the Boss

First set of twins

First set of twins

Second set (!!) of twins

Second set (!!) of twins

Course research

Course research

Laracon EU

Laracon EU

GitHub Universe

GitHub Universe

Projects

Digital bits

screencasting.com
A 4.5-hour, on-demand video course that teaches you how to produce high-quality screencasts faster than ever.
Personal YouTube channel
My personal channel where I talk about Laravel, PHP, and general web development.
Work YouTube channel
My work channel where I talk about MySQL, PlanetScale, and databases.
Mostly Technical podcast
Discussions on Laravel, life, business, and an eclectic mix of related topics. Recorded and released every week.
Torchlight.dev
A service for perfect syntax highlighting.
Open source
My open source code, mostly Laravel packages.
acct229.com
Accounting tutoring for students at Texas A&M.
A solo podcast I used to do, where I read articles that changed my life.
A podcast with my friend Andrew Culver, where we talked about web frameworks and development.

Projects

Physical things

PlanetScale Studios
Turning an apartment into a YouTube Studio (ongoing!)
Shedquarters
I turned a 10x20 shed into an office.
Handwriting robots
Creating four, giant handwriting robots to write marketing mail.
Walking treadmill conversion
Taking an old treadmill and turning it into a walking treadmill for under my desk.