Category: High Tech

Testing Gutenberg

Since I get paid to work on WordPress websites, I cannot ignore Gutenberg, as much as I would like to. If you aren’t familiar with WordPress, then you’re probably wondering “what the heck is Gutenberg?”. Gutenberg is the new “editing experience” that is being merged into core WordPress. It is a block editor that is … 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

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

Git Tip: Exclude All But One Vendor Package

I am currently working on a project where I am pulling in several php packages via Composer. One of the packages doesn’t quite do everything I need it to. There have been a couple of pull requests that do what I need, but those pull requests haven’t been merged into the main package, and I’m … Continue Reading