How to organize a meetup

On his blog Jef Claes, organiser of DDDBE, shares some good tips on how to organize a meetup. I’ve organized a few DDDBE meetups in the past, and always succeed in forgetting something. Either someone points it out well in advance, or I end up stressing last minute. This post partly serves as a checklist […]

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Glossary of Modern JavaScript Concepts

Don’t know what the difference between stateful and stateless is, or what higher order functions are? On the auth0.com site Sebastián Peyrott explains these terms and other modern JavaScript concepts. Modern JavaScript has experienced massive proliferation over recent years and shows no signs of slowing. Numerous concepts appearing in JS blogs and documentation are still […]

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A Laravel package to impersonate users

A great feature of Laravel Spark is it’s ability to impersonate other users. As an admin you can view all screens as if you are logged in as another user. This allows you to easily spot a problem that your user might be reporting. Laravel-impersonate is a package, made by MarceauKa and Thibault Chazottes that […]

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Getting started with Varnish Cache

If you want to learn Varnish Thijs Feryn wrote a book for you. It’s free to download until 7th March 2017. Getting Strated with Varnish Cache is a technical book about the Varnish caching technology. Varnish is a so-called reverse caching proxy that acts as an intermediary between the browser and the webserver. Varnish stores […]

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Add syntactic sugar by preprocessing PHP

In an awesome article at Sitepoint Christopher Pitt explains how he used the yay macro library to build up plugin framework to add new language features to PHP. Chris made plugins that allows this syntax in PHP. // short closure syntax $items = [“one”, “two”, “three”]; $ignore = “two”; array_filter($items, ($item) => { return $item […]

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Configuration-driven PHP security advice considered harmful

Scott Arciszewski debunks the commonly given advice on securing your PHP installation by setting some php.ini values. There have been countless examples posted in various places (Reddit, Hacker News, Twitter, Facebook, Slashdot, and even LinkedIn group discussions), and while a handful occasionally contain one or two tips that might be beneficial towards securing your PHP […]

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