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Learnings about Social Media Marketing

I’m a web developer by day for a large business. Luckily, they are already very well established and they get lots of visits each day. But starting from scratch with promoting my own website has been very daunting, but also very rewarding.

Thoughts from Generate Conference

The other week I was lucky enough to get a ticket to Generate Conference by .net Magazine. There were some really interesting talks, some technical, others more inspirational.

Building the Orkos House website with Foundation

I was recently asked to update the website for Orkos House. The old website was built with a free website creator and used tables for the page layout. It had some great images and I saw a lot of potential for this site.

Adding Twitter cards to Jekyll

Twitter cards are a great way of making links to your site stand out to other twitter users. They can be used to provide additional information and an image about your page, from within twitter when you expand a tweet. Examples include twitter summary cards that provide a title, description and image, or product cards that can provide information such as price or product category.

Upcoming Book Promotions

Just a quick message to let you know of a couple of promotions on my books on the Amazon UK kindle store.

Latest Posts

Track HTTP Client requests in Laravel with the Laravel DebugBar
Track HTTP Client requests in Laravel with the Laravel DebugBar

I started working with the Laravel HTTP client on a recent project and I had the debug bar package installed. I wondered if you could use the Laravel Debugbar to record how many api calls were being made and how long each was taking to run? I reached out to it’s creator, Barry vd. Heuvel, on twitter and the rest is history!

Using the HTTP Client and Data Transfer Objects in Laravel 7
Using the HTTP Client and Data Transfer Objects in Laravel 7

Recently I have been working on a project retrieving some data from an API in a Laravel project. I was using Laravel to retrieve and display data from a Moodle installation and started using the HTTP Client in Laravel 7 and wondered if I could convert the retrieved data from an array into a more predictable object. I asked my colleagues and one of them recommended I take a look at the Spatie package called data transfer object.

How NOT to make a Website featured in net magazine
How NOT to make a Website featured in net magazine

I have some exciting news to share! My book, ‘How NOT to make a Website’, was featured in the June 2020 edition of net magazine as the Side Project of the Month.

How NOT to make a website

How NOT to make a Website

By C.S. Rhymes

How NOT to use a smartphone

How NOT to use a Smartphone

By C.S. Rhymes