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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.

Website Redesign for 2016
Website Redesign for 2016

What’s the best way to show what you can do? With your own website of course! That’s why I’ve decided to redesign my website.

JavaScript or jQuery?
JavaScript or jQuery?

Whenever I search for an example of how someone has produced an effect or animation in JavaScript the majority of the time I end up finding jQuery examples instead of native JavaScript.

Getting out of the office
Getting out of the office

No matter how great your office environment is, sometimes you need to escape and spend some time in the real world. The office can be a great place to work, with everything you need in easy reach, like your favourite coffee mug and your chair in just the right position and it can feel like you are making real progress. Sometimes, its too easy to get carried away with designing and creating something you think people need, but you haven’t actually asked if they need it!

Latest Posts

Using the unique validation rule in a Laravel Form Request
Using the unique validation rule in a Laravel Form Request

Sometimes you want to ensure that a field is unique in the database so that someone can’t add the same item twice, such as the title for a post. Laravel provides a couple of handy tools for this, including the Unique validation rule, but there is a bit more configuration required to other validation rules to make the most of its abilities.

Why build a package?
Why build a package?

In my day to day job I make use of a lot of packages. This got me thinking it would be good to create a package of my own, so I have decided to build a Laravel package. It’s got a long way to go yet before it’s ready, but I thought I would write down my thoughts about the benefits of building a package while it is still fresh in my mind.

Getting your project seen
Getting your project seen

Developers love building things and sometimes we want to share these things with other developers to help make their life easier. Creating you project and putting it on GitHub can seem like the difficult part, but letting people know its there and getting them to use it can be even harder.