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The Theory of Constraints in PHP

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I had been reading The Phoenix Project, a great novel about IT (you read that right), which presents day to day IT and devops problems at a large Amazon-like company in a way which makes mortals understand the complexities and chaos of 21st century tec...

Poka Yoke – Saving Projects with Hyper-Defensive Programming

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When working in a medium to large team on the same codebase, it can sometimes become hard to understand each other's code and how to use it. Various solutions exist to help with this. For example, you can agree to follow a set of coding standards to ma...

There’s a Gender Extension for PHP

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Unlike in our "mainstream" paid course about exploring PHP, I like to explore the weird and forgotten areas of the language. Recently, I ventured into a section of the PHP manual which lists extensions that are used to help with Human Language and Cha...

The Balance between Visual and Technical Debt in PHP

Laracasts recently published a very interesting non-Laravel video about something called visual debt. It's only 3 minutes long, so please, take the time to watch it before reading further. Done? Okay, spoilers below. In the video, Jeff starts out wit...

Jumping from PHP to Go: Blasphemy, Bravado or Common Sense?

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Earlier this year, I made an arguably bad business decision. I decided to rewrite the Laravel application powering Boxzilla in Go. No regrets though. Just a few weeks later I was deploying the Go application. Building it was the most fun I had in mo...

Can 9-to-5 Developers Be Good Developers?

While picking talks for the conference he's organizing, James Titcumb recently tweeted that well known speakers get picked over others because, among other things, they're reliable (i.e. they don't cancel). I would argue that "among other things" carr...

How Privileged Are Programmers? Are You a John, Too?

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John was a developer. To be specific, he was a young, white, straight, young, self-taught developer. He wasn't rare, but he was special. John grew up with a couple parents, who paid for everything he needed. John regularly filled his belly, with the fi...

An Alternative Laravel Package Development Workflow

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Every framework gives developers a way to extend the system using packages / extensions. We can generally hook in our logic at any point where we want to provide specific functionality, and Laravel is no exception! Following the article of my fellow au...

Covering Laracon: Are Online Conferences Introvert Heaven?

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I've been to my fair share of conferences, and one thing that always happens is there's a clique of us relatively talkative types (I suppose as speakers, we tend to feel empowered), and a whole lot, and I mean a whole lot of very quiet and reserved fel...

The State of PHP MVC Frameworks in 2017

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A simple question prompted me to sit down and write this follow up to my article from about a year ago. Q: Any thoughts about where things are today? (2/24/2017) A: “I’d say it’s pretty much down to Laravel and Symfony at this point; when it come...