March 20, 2017

Midwest PHP 2017 Short Recap

I was invited to speak at Midwest PHP 2017 to give my “DevOps for Small Teams” talk. I’m always excited to head up north because I’ve always had amazing experiences with the community there. Also a conference on my birthday weekend this year sounded like a great idea. The speaker dinner event was fantastic, nice finger food with fellow speakers and getting to know new friends and...



January 26, 2017

Sunshine PHP 2017 -- Create Your Own Local Development Environments With Vagrant

Excited to be heading back to Sunshine PHP 2017 in Miami. This year it's even better since the wife will be joining me again and her birthday is the first day of the conference. I'm not sure who made out better, me getting to go to a conference on my wife's birthday, or my wife getting a trip to Miami for her birthday? We'll call it a wash since it's going to be a great time for both of us. This...



December 21, 2016

Mocking Swift Mailer -- 3 Steps to better code

A few days ago an issue came across my Jira queue that mentioned odd characters showing up in the subject line of our notification system. We use SwiftMailer library which is a fantastic library for sending mail. The bug report included text similar to: Something was taking our twig template that we use for our email subject and changing the encoding. This is normally done when you want to...

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December 6, 2016

Laravel Release Schedule

I always have a hard time figuring out what versions where released when and how much longer We'll have support for which versions. I decided to do some research and come up with a chart. General rule is that Laravel will release new version in January and July. (To coincide with Laracon Events) Based on that here's a current list of Laravel versions and their support dates from Laravel 5.0 to...

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