Hi all,

I'm a freelance web designer and I've been thinking about hooking up with a programmer for a while, to do the odd jobs I can't and so I can offer a more comprehensive service.

I recently posted a local ad and I've been inundated with good replies. How do you go about picking one? I quickly removed the people who didn't seem capable or professional enough, but I'm still left with quite a few. I really don't have the time to meet or phone them all, so how do I narrow it down? They all seem more than competent, have fancy CV's, lot's of work to back everything up etc. But I don't know if the work is good - it's not like design when you can easily see if it's any good. Any pointers?