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Building a Scalable API in the AWS Cl...

Building a Scalable API in the AWS Cloud

We’ve been running our Node.js based API in the AWS cloud for a couple of years but have been wanting to scale way up. Rather than trying to beef up our existing VPC (vertically scale) I made the decision to architect a new solution and rebuild it from the ground up. In this post I […]

Securing WordPress Admin

Securing WordPress Admin

In today’s online world security is a top concern. For WordPress maintainers keeping your installation, themes, and plugins updated is an essential first step but there are many other things that should be taken into concern. Today I am curious to get your feedback specifically on locking down the admin section of your WordPress site […]

Hosting for Business and Pleasure

Hosting for Business and Pleasure

In the world of web hosting there are so many options it’s dizzying. Each boasting that they are faster, cheaper, and easier to setup than the next. The purpose of this post is definitely not to wade through all of the murky waters that is cloud-based web hosting but rather to shine some light on […]

Midwest PHP 2014

Midwest PHP 2014

I recently attended the Midwest PHP conference and it was a truly great experience. I went last year and while the location changed this year the quality of the conference was right on par. This year it took place at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis Campus) which proved to be a perfect venue for […]

Developer Portability

Developer Portability

As you may or may not know (see: here ) I recently switched jobs. I went from a cutting edge marketing firm to the world leader in automotive/aerospace/structural testing systems. Both places are top notch in their respective areas but as you can probably imagine they both operate very differently and utilize very different technologies. […]

Conditional Insert / Update With The ...

Conditional Insert / Update With The Eloquent ORM

I have been using Laravel more and more lately (full post on that coming soon) and have really been enjoying the Eloquent ORM. I plan to extend the ORM so that it includes an “upsert” method but in the short term I had a need to check for the existence of a key and then […]

The Midwest PHP Conference

The Midwest PHP Conference

I attended the first ever Midwest PHP Conference last weekend and blogged about it on the Spyder Trap site. Please check out the full post here.

Extend PHP error_log() Functionality

Extend PHP error_log() Functionality

Throughout development many of us use the built-in error_log() function quite a bit. I know I sure do when I am debugging models, controllers, and the such but don’t you hate it when you want to write the contents of an array or object to the error log? The error_log() function only accepts a string […]

Developer Challenge Post

Developer Challenge Post

I recently participated in a 90-minute developer challenge and blogged about it on my employers website, check it out!

Autoload Classes w/ PHP

Autoload Classes w/ PHP

Are you using an object oriented approach with PHP and finding that your memory usage is going through the roof with the more classes that you add? PHP’s autoload() function enables you to automatically load classes when they are used which will greatly reduce the overhead of your application. In addition to the basics of […]

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