March 31st, 2017
While preparing for a talk, I realized that I'd been writing unit tests wrong for the last 3 years. I'd always approached test writing iteratively rather than from the outside in. With this one change, I was able to write cleaner more maintainable tests.
March 17th, 2017
Often when working with Kibana, I want my result set to contain only results that have a specific term. I'm not interested in filtering on the value of the term only that it exists. In this blog post, I'll cover how to perform this search as well as the inverse, excluding results with a given term.
February 6th, 2017
Type hinting your properties, specifically your mock objects, in your tests can go a long way to create a more seamless and developer friendly test suite. For a long time, I suffered through static code analysis errors where I was supplying mocks to my concrete objects. But with these short steps, I solved those problems.
January 25th, 2017
During your career you may come across a project that changes how you think. During an interview I had one such moment. This became the interview I take with me to my job everyday.
January 11th, 2017
Data providers are a powerful tool that allows the developer to reuse the same test with different input variables. Here are some easy tips that will take your dataProvider to the next level
December 13th, 2016
While doing research for an upcoming talk about php middlewares, I came across these blog posts and libraries that I thought were really insightful and interesting.
November 8th, 2016
With the advent of custom TLDs, phishing attack vectors are growing. Users no longer have to know what the domain is, they must now also be aware of all the domains and tlds a company owns.
September 29th, 2016
With PSR-7 almost execlusively using streams, it's almost essential to have an easy way to convert a `string` into a `stream` resource. Combing across the internet, I've found Evert's blog post last updated June 23rd 2016. I've adapted his 3 liner sample code into a simple function:
August 12th, 2016
Are your phpunit autocompletions no longer showing up in PHPStorm? Here's the reason why and the solution.
July 12th, 2016
Tired of solving merge conflicts in this your composer.lock or even worse deleting it entirely?
June 30th, 2016
Working on a remote team, I believed the library, framework, and language choices I made weren't influenced by where I lived. After getting out into the wider world, I realized how many of mine and others' decisions were actually influenced by what developers who lived near us.
June 10th, 2016
Convention is a powerful tool, it allows programmers to make assumptions about how code will work. However, when choosing between self documenting code and convention, self documenting wins. Conventions make assumptions of the users prior experience, where as self documenting makes no assumptions.
May 22nd, 2016
Sometimes it handy to see all of the queries sent that are actually sent to MySQL, unfortunately doing anything in MAMP is less than ideal. See how you can easily turn on the General Query Log in MAMP.
April 12th, 2016
As the php language grows and evolves, I wonder if it's losing itself in an attempt to be "good". The language over the years has grown wide spread criticism for bad programming and enabling bad programmers. Some of these bad programmers have drastically changed their lives, enabling them to have opportunities they would have never imagined. In an effort to seek acceptance, the php community and language have gone through many changes. But at what cost are all of these changes?
March 30th, 2016
Straight forward demonstration on how to change the default pagination rendering engines for Laravel 5.
March 16th, 2016
A simple explanation of when to pluralize your directory's name.
January 19th, 2016
Creating simple 1 parameter extensions in laravel is plainly laid out in the documentation. Taking it a step further can be a little more tricky. But this doesn't need to be true.
June 5th, 2015
A step by step example based explanation of transitioning a web page into an MVC based application.
February 9th, 2015
For a long time, I didn't protect my actionable links from CSRF attacks. By actionable links, I mean links that will modify data on the server, e.g. "delete product", "publish post", "like". I'd always written these as regular "a href" links, but this can be a very easy to manipulate attack.
February 6th, 2015
This blog has been powered by WordPress for somewhere close to 5 years. However, as of this morning, it is powered by my own blogging platform, OpenPub. This was something that I had been meaning to do for awhile, but never had the time. WordPress is a monster of a legacy codebase. I found that as I wanted to add new features, I was forced to rely on third party plugins or digging into the inner workings of WordPress.
November 7th, 2014
A quote from David West, author of Object Thinking, on object composition, which I would've disagreed with a few years ago now really resonates with me. SRP is an important principal, that while we may not apply it religiously helps to make code more maintainable.
September 12th, 2014
An easy way to inject the authenticated user, Auth::user(), into any object using the IoC container in Laravel.
September 11th, 2014
Ever wondered how Laravel determines which objects to pass into your classes. This guide explains how automatic dependency resolution works by showing you how to make a basic IoC container. This relies heavily on php reflection api.
February 22nd, 2014
Traits were added to php in version 5.4 as a way to introduce horizontal code reuse. They end up being a way to programmatically copy and paste methods into objects. Traits act as php's version of multiple inheritance.
January 23rd, 2014
array_chunk is a native php method you've probably never used before, but it probably could have saved you time on lots of occasions. Here we'll dive into a use case for array_chunk, other than batch requests to services, that will help you write cleaner code.