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Time for an update, using Bulma framework
Time for an update, using Bulma framework

It has been a long time since I last updated the design of my site and as a Frontend Developer it didn’t seem right to wait any longer. I have used a variety of different frontend frameworks in the past, from Foundation, to Bootstrap, but this time I wanted something different, so with a cup of coffee in hand I started looking for something new.

First impressions of Vue.js
First impressions of Vue.js

I’ve been looking into different JavaScript frameworks for a while and there seems to be a big following for Vue.js throughout the Laravel community. Therefore, I thought I had better give it a look and see what its all about.

Choosing a frontend framework is confusing
Choosing a frontend framework is confusing

My job title is frontend web developer, and I am confused. I am in a situation where there are now so many different options for me to start learning that I don’t know where to start. I always find a good place to start is the beginning, so here goes a little history lesson.

Organising Your Code
Organising Your Code

Its easy to start writing code without thinking about the organisation, but take some time to plan and it will reward you later. Sometimes a new project is so exciting you just want to start coding and making things work, thinking that you will sort out the structure at a later date. After all, who cares as long as it works, right?

Its easy to get sucked into Page Speed hype
Its easy to get sucked into Page Speed hype

There is a great tool available called Page Speed insights. It gives you an easy to use tool that you can use to measure the speed of your site out of 100. It gives you hints and tips about how you can improve the score of your site, through compressing JavaScript, reducing server response time and eliminating render blocking JavaScript and CSS. The idea being it gives visitors to your website the best experience.

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Creating your first Laravel package
Creating your first Laravel package

I’ve always been interested in making a package for Laravel so I thought I would make a simple example package and share what I had learnt from the process. The package is very simple and just contains some extra collection methods, so I decided to call it extra-collect.

Introducing some new layouts to Bulma Clean Theme
Introducing some new layouts to Bulma Clean Theme

I’ve been meaning to write about some of the new features I have been rolling out to my Jekyll theme, Bulma Clean Theme, for a while but I have only just managed to push the update for the landing page layout last weekend. This article provides some of the thinking behind the updates, as well as a brief introduction to how to get started.

Getting started with Laravel factories
Getting started with Laravel factories

If you want to start writing some tests for your Laravel project then chances are you will need to write some factories at some point. When I first heard the term factory I had no idea what it meant and what it did, let alone the benefits they can bring to your tests.