The Perfect Staging Environment

I created a staging environment that I’m proud of, and I’d like to share it with you. I wanted my staging environment to accomplish two things: Always show the latest version of the project Be automatically populated with dummy data Edit: The “dummy data” strategy described below works great for small projects. For medium to large… Continue reading The Perfect Staging Environment

Refactoring Advanced Eloquent Filters To Collections

Amo Chohan wrote a very good article detailing a technique he uses to clean up controllers when dealing with complex search queries in eloquent. I’m also enjoying Adam Wathan‘s latest release: Refactoring to Collections – a read guaranteed to make you smarter. Amo really nailed the functionality here – but I think the final class… Continue reading Refactoring Advanced Eloquent Filters To Collections

Things I Used To Do (That Aren’t Cool Now)

I’m the proud owner of WhichBeach – the website that tells you which beach is best to visit (in Malta) based on the weather, updated hourly. As I’m picking up the codebase ahead of this Summer’s updates, I can’t help but review and refactor the existing code. It’s interesting to dissect previous design decisions. Also, I’ve learnt… Continue reading Things I Used To Do (That Aren’t Cool Now)

Laracon EU 2015 Recap

I wrote a recap of my experience at Laracon EU 2015. Learning Outcomes 1) It’s great to be surrounded by the pioneers of my industry – I’m starting to see the benefit of becoming an active part of this community. 2) It’s not all about the code. Working on building better relationships with clients means… Continue reading Laracon EU 2015 Recap

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