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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!

Preventing writers block
Preventing writers block

Don’t you just hate writers block, whether its writing an email, a blog post or the latest chapter in your novel… umm, where was I? Oh yes, here are some ideas to help keep your creativity and the words flowing.

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Refactoring to Laravel 8 Class Model Factories
Refactoring to Laravel 8 Class Model Factories

Laravel 8 introduced new class based model factories and if you have an existing project you can use the legacy factories package to keep using the old factories. I have tended to keep the factories as they were and continue development, but after working on a fresh Laravel 8 project and using the new class based syntax I decided to go back and update the factories in the older Laravel apps. This article explains how I went about refactoring the factories to classes.

The PHP array
The PHP array

Arrays are a useful toolt to store multiple values. You can access a specific value in an array using a key. By default, if you don’t specify keys, they will be numeric and start at zero (not one);

Run Laravel artisan commands in PHP Storm
Run Laravel artisan commands in PHP Storm

PHP Storm has a built in terminal window which you can use to run Laravel artisan commands, but there is a quick configuration change that you can do to make it even easier to run artisan commands.

How NOT to make a website

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