Becky: You Deserve It, Dammit!

I suffer from Imposter Syndrome. I also suffer from Asshole Brain Syndrome™. I am my own worst enemy.  Earlier this year, I was working out on a regular basis and eating right. I was actually starting to feel good. Not necessarily happy, but good nonetheless. At some point, something happened and I stopped working out … Continue Reading

Music Feeds the Soul

I’ve been in a pretty crappy funk for a while now. I hate it. I can’t seem to pull out of it. However, the past couple of days I have seen a glimmer of hope … thanks to the playlist I’ve been listening to at work (and have been listening to while I’ve been writing … Continue Reading

A Brand New Becky?

This past weekend I was in Minneapolis, and it was just what the doctor ordered. I feel invigorated and ready to take on the world. The purpose of the trip was to attend WordCamp Minneapolis. It was my first WordCamp, 2nd conference in Minneapolis this year, and 4th trip to Minneapolis in the past year and … Continue Reading

Configuring Amazon S3 for File Uploads

One of the projects that I am currently working on involves audio files. Since those can get rather large in size, I was concerned about storing them on the web server. I spoke with my boss about the situation, and we agreed that we would upload the files to our Amazon S3 account. This is … Continue Reading

Midwest PHP 2016 In the Rearview

This weekend was the 2016 Midwest PHP conference in Minneapolis. This was my second year attending the conference. One of the first things that I noticed was that there were a LOT more men in attendance than there were women. I wasn’t surprised, but I thought I would see more women there than I did. … Continue Reading

Deploying a Laravel Application

Back in October, I wrote about getting started with the Laravel (php) framework. In that post, I outlined how to set up a basic Laravel application. Once I had figured that out, I dove head first into rebuilding our custom content management system (CMS) using Laravel. I have successfully completed that task, along with 3 … Continue Reading

Always Learning

I’ve been a web developer/programmer “professionally” since 2004. I say professionally in quotes because that’s when I started getting paid to develop things. 🙂 I have no formal training in anything web related. I actually have a degree in meteorology. That’s where I got my first taste of building things for the web. In my … Continue Reading

Fitness Status Report: 2015 Year End

Now that we’ve moved from 2015 to 2016, I wanted share the progress in my “get healthy” movement (I need a better name LOL). I thought that if I post monthly updates, it would keep me honest, keep me going, and maybe find some support from anyone who reads the updates. At the end of April, … Continue Reading

Bitbucket & Composer

The next step in my Laravel self-education is building my own packages and figuring out how to pull them into a project, using Composer, when they are needed. We use private Bitbucket git repositories at work since our projects are for clients and not open source. Because of that, it is a little more tricky … Continue Reading

Dear Santa

Hey Santa. What’s up? Sorry I’m writing so late in the holiday season. I didn’t really have anything that I wanted to ask you for. I’m at a point where I can buy the fun toys that I want for myself (like my Fitbit and my Pioneer Woman dutch oven). But … if you have a little … Continue Reading