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Hacktoberfest Prep

Published: 2018 October 02

The time of Hacktoberfest is upon us! For the entire month of October, every pull request against an open-source repository on Github will count towards one's Hactoberfest rank. Submit at least 5 pull requests and you are eligible to earn a cool t-shirt…

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Rails Girls KC

Published: 2018 October 01

I'm very excited. I will be mentoring now- and future- lady devs at Rails Girls KC in early November. My 14-year old daughter will be one of the participants, too! In 1.5 days, the participants will build a simple application using Ruby on Rails…

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Learning JSX: React-Fragment

Published: 2018 September 17

As I build this site using gatsbyjs , I find myself learning new things every day. Today, I learned that, much like siblings on a road-trip, React components hate sitting next to each other. When placing components next to each other, it's best to use a…

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Git-stash Magic

Published: 2018 September 09

On July 2nd of this year, I discovered an amazing option that lets me see the git-diff between what I currently have and what is in the stash: . Shortly thereafter, Brian Fenton directed me to a great article on , Useful tricks you might not know…

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Seeing Something I Created Get Used

Published: 2018 September 06

A coworker sent me a screen-grab of a forum post where someone stated that they used an experimental Docker image that I had built to help them with their local dev work. I don't even remember how to make that Docker image work for local dev and the…

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GatsbyJS: Using a New Static Site-Builder

Published: 2018 September 03

I had been searching for a new static-site generator for some time. I was delving into Grav , which is more of a flat-file CMS than a static-site generator and is pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I couldn't make Grav work for my needs. One of the things…

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Last Month in PHP: 2016 March

Published: 2016 April 04

From a KCPUG lightning talk being given on 06 Apr 2016 . BASH COMING TO WINDOWS! Yes, Microsoft is adding the linux Bash shell to Windows. Uses Ubuntu user mode binaries So, (maybe?) in the Windows Command Line: PHP development on Windows is about to…

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Last Month in PHP: 2016 February

Published: 2016 March 19

From a KCPUG lightning talk given on 02 Mar 2016 PHP Updates Security and bugfix updates to PHP were released in February. Upgrade if you have a version less than: 7.0.3 Added HTTP 451 5.6.18 Added HTTP 451 5.5.32 CMSes Drupal released security updates…

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Last Month in PHP: 2016 January

Published: 2016 February 06

From a KCPUG lightning talk given on 03 Feb 2016 January was a relatively light month in PHP. Yet, we saw an exciting new microframework get its first non-beta release. PHP Updates Security and bugfix updates to PHP were released in January. Upgrade if…

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Playing with Docker and Linked Containers

Published: 2016 January 26

In my current job, I am starting the process to upgrade our PHP 5.4 application to a PHP 5.6 application (PHP 7 is not yet support by the majority of the 3rd party libraries we use). I have been tasked with building the staging server for use in testing…

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Last Month in PHP: 2015 December

Published: 2016 January 06

From a KCPUG lightning talk given on 06 Jan 2016 December was a busy month in PHP. A major update to PHP was released, PHP-FIG approved a new PSR, major CMSes had major releases and/or were patched, and frameworks had major, minor, and patch releases…

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Expectation vs Reality: my first 1.5 years of professional programming

Published: 2015 November 29

I have been a professional developer for over a year and a half now. About a year ago, my friend and mentor, John Kary, asked me how the job measured up to my expectations. I replied, honestly, that my expectations were met. However, I hadn't given it much…

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My Year of Code

Published: 2015 November 13

2015 was my year to really dive into PHP. Up until this year, PHP was hobby language for me -- much as Python, Haskell, C++, Dart, JavaScript, and Java have been hobby languages. Granted, last year I finally took a job where PHP is where I spend half of my…

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Don Quijote - a brief synopsis

Published: 2015 November 01

My 6th grader asked me this evening about the classic novel, Don Quixote . "Like, what's it about , Dad?" I gave her a synopsis she could identify: Miguel Cervantes wrote Don Quixote in Spanish at the same time Shakespeare was writing his plays in…

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Bite of PHP: Switch Statement

Published: 2015 August 13

The "switch" statement within various languages, contains a similar structure. This makes the PHP switch statement familiar. A failing example of PHP's switch statement was brought up yesterday at work. Someone asked why the expected responses to this…

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so much depends upon a fresh doughnut

Published: 2015 August 12

a fresh dough nut glazed with maple icing beside the black coffee.

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Number System: Time for a change?

Published: 2015 July 16

Introduction I have been thinking about numbers for most of my life. It wasn't until I helped my oldest child learn to count to 20 that I thought that the way we count in the English language is silly. There is no logic in our base-10 counting system until…

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PHP's Array_Filter Oddity

Published: 2015 July 08

I was studying the in PHP and was enjoying coming up with a test that could help me learn better magic. For instance, to filter all words whose first letter is a vowel, I created this PHPUnit test: So, yay ! But wait, what's this? There's an optional…

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Low Carb High Fat Diet

Published: 2015 May 12

The LCHF diet can be summarized as follows: "The fat you eat flows through; the fat you make sticks to you."

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Leveled Up: PHP Certified

Published: 2015 May 08

On Wednesday, I took an extended lunch break in order to take the Zend PHP Certification test at a local Pearson VUE Testing Center. After a few years of using PHP and studying for a few months, I am a Zend Certified PHP Engineer ! Books that have helped…

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Revenge of the Fifth

Published: 2015 May 05

Today is the unofficial Star-Wars-fan holiday known as the Revenge of the Fifth. Last year , I noticed that 5/5 (numerical representation of 5 May, or is that May 5?) can be written in binary as . Or more artistically as:

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Lone Star PHP 2015

Published: 2015 April 28

I attended Lone Star PHP last year with much hope and even more trepidation as to my abilities to hold my own with other members of the PHP community. I was the recipient of the Lone Star PHP scholarship, so my attendance and stay were taken care of by…

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Lone Star PHP 2015: Day 0

Published: 2015 April 27

The first day of Lone Star 2015 was devoted to training. The workshop track I took was geared towards unit testing. Getting Started with PHPUnit Matt Frost Twitter: @shrtwhitebldguy Slides One reason I took this workshop was so that I could become more…

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Bite of PHP: Heredoc vs. Nowdoc

Published: 2015 April 23

Heredoc Heredoc will define a string of text in a what-you-see-is-what-you-mean type of format. So, if you want to echo out structured text, like so: You would put it in a heredoc like this: output: Notice that heredoc can behave like a template and parse…

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Bite of PHP: Double vs Single Quote Echo

Published: 2015 March 04

In PHP, we have two ways of formatting an echo statement: we can choose to use single-quotes or double-quotes. The choice is less dependent upon which side of the Atlantic we learned to read and more dependent upon what we hope to accomplish with echoing…

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Now with Sculpin

Published: 2014 December 28

I have moved my site from one domain to another. I was using Wordpress on my old site and was happy. Adding pages was a thing of beauty. Configuring was a dream. Then I wanted to modify my theme. Then I wanted to use some fun HTML5 tags. Then I wanted to…

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TDD Kata

Published: 2014 December 22

Kata Kata are a series of movements which, when repeated, migrate mindful action into muscle memory. An example kata is performed by Rika Usami of Japan during the 2012 World Karate Championship in Paris. Kata can be thought of in terms of playing an…

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Programming As Story-Telling

Published: 2014 August 15

I was recently talking with a non-programmer friend of mine about teaching our kids how to code. I told him about my long and winding road to loving programming. He told me that he just doesn’t get how anything so tedious as programming can hold anyone’s…

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Power of RDD

Published: 2014 July 28

We hired a new guy at work. I was officially the new guy for 2 months, now we have someone new. I was given the task to get him up and running since the experience was still fresh for me. Once he got his dev environment going, he would look over my…

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New Job

Published: 2014 May 28

I recently had the opportunity to take my love of programming from being a hobby to being a career. I jumped at the chance. I am now in my 3rd week of the new job and have yet to go to work. Instead, I meet up with fellow nerds and geek out on programming…

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Lone Star PHP Conference 2014

Published: 2014 May 06

I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the 2014 Lone Star PHP Conference in Addison, TX (Dallas metro area) over the April last weekend in April. I just had to get myself there. Thank you, Lone Star PHP and NomadPHP ! I enjoyed meeting some…

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atom.io - A PHP-Oriented Review

Published: 2014 April 08

Last week, I gave a short demo of the Atom.io text editor to the Kansas City PHP User Group . I realized after-the-fact that I had presented the early-release as an IDE, when I should have presented it as a fancy text-editor. Coming from using PHPStorm…

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LEMP noob, no more!

Published: 2014 April 08

For years, I have prided myself on knowing how to set up a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) server in linux OSes based on Debian, RedHat, and SuSE. Today, I needed to set up an internal-use survey server using LimeSurvey . I decided to build…

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A Fresh Look At Javascript

Published: 2014 April 07

After studying Dart for a month, I wondered which problems Dart was attempting to resolve. I then realized that my knowledge of JavaScript was not good enough to know why Google had created Dart as a JavaScript alternative. As much as I enjoyed Dart, I…

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Decisions, Decisions

Published: 2014 March 03

I am currently feeling a bit of push and pull between at least two different decisions. I have a “when you have time for it” project that I am thinking of building in Laravel . I am also interested in learning more about the Dart language with Dart’s…

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Dart Flight School

Published: 2014 February 20

This evening, I attended the Dart Flight School at the Google Fiber Space in Kansas City. Dart Flight School is a global event occurring throughout February. I treated this event as an introduction to the Dart programming language . I walked in to the…

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Code Like You Need Protection

Published: 2014 February 14

Background I was recently tasked with programming a connecty-bit between a Google Drive Form and our instance of SolarWinds Web Help Desk. Both are great products. Both offer fabulous APIs. My overall plan was to periodically grab all information from the…

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Python Timing Comparison

Published: 2011 October 01

On page 7 of Learning Python (4th ed) , Mark Lutz briefly discusses the speed differences between Python and compiled languages like C++. I was curious as to how much slower an interpreted language is than a compiled language. To illustrate this, I…

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