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On balance of creativity and passivity with kids and screentime

This is from a great episode of the ChangeLog podcast¬†that interviews Tim Bell, the founder and creator of CS Unplugged: a collection of free teaching material that teaches computer science through engaging games and puzzles. I struggle with how much… Continue Reading →

More struggling with JS: how the PHP -> JS interface is broken and why this is painful

Yesterday I was struggling with getting Vue components to do non-AJAXy things and wondering why on earth this was so difficult.

GIVE ME MY STATIC ANALYSIS!

In which I lament my own utter incompetence, but also switch back from VS Code to PHPStorm in a flash and cry quietly over programming languages.

Laravel: Further forays into Test Driven Development (TDD)

I’m using Test Driven Development (TDD) for the first (and second) time on a couple of side projects. Here are some further reflections on the process and issues I’ve come across.

What AM I doing? (Answer: I’m building analytics!)

I’m going on the journey of building a simple, private, self-hosted, cookie-free analytics tool that I’m calling Kownter. I may fail. But it will be fun and interesting! Come along!

I need to add social sharing buttons to a website…

Here’s a thread designed to help non-web people understand how something that seems trivial on a website can lead to so many micro-decisions needing to be made.

Laravel: Simple cookie auth for your simple APIs

Laravel uses token auth by default, here’s how to switch it out for simple cookie-based auth for quick and easy API tinkering for logged-in users.

(Developer) Tools talk

Last night I gave a talk at the Cheltenham WordPress Meetup¬†on the amazing toolkit called "(Developer) Tools" in your web browser. Cheltenham WordPress Meetup Cheltenham, GB 99 Members We are a community of WordPress users, designers and developers in the… Continue Reading →

Sublime to PHPStorm and Back: A coder’s text editor journey

Coding News: I swapped my super-duper IDE for a less-functional text editor – you’ll never guess what happened next! Actually, it was a really good exercise, and here’s why. I was chatting with my friend Keiron today about text editors…. Continue Reading →

Getting to grips with Laravel’s service container

I finally feel like I’m getting to grips with Laravel’s service container. I’ve understood HOW it works and WHAT is does for a while, but it’s taken a simple, real-world example to pull it all together and make it all… Continue Reading →

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