Keeping any project which uses a framework or a collection of 3rd party libraries up to date is an exercise in continuous upgrades. In my situation, I have dozens of projects on a variety of internal and 3rd party frameworks, so keeping everything updated – from the PHP version to the framework and library versions – is an important and time consuming process. Here are some strategies and techniques.Continue reading “Keeping Symfony Projects Up To Date”
As I make my way through some tutorials on SymfonyCasts and begin a re-write of my SyntaxSeed website from CodeIgniter to Symfony… I occasionally encounter something that took a bit more struggle than a simple web search. This is one of those tasks.
Symfony gives you some generic built in error pages, for example when you get a 404 missing resource error or a 500 error. When working in your dev environment you don’t see these, you instead get the nice Whoops error pages with extra details. Customizing the error pages requires a few steps.Continue reading “Custom Error Pages in Symfony Framework”
In my efforts to help a colleague, I discovered that there are few resources for people who are already programmers in other languages to learn PHP. Something that isn’t beginner level, doesn’t explain basic programming concepts… just get to the heart of what makes PHP unique, and some suggested quality resources to learn more.
This is what I’ve written here. It’s a high-level overview of the language, and some vetted resources to get set up and learn more.
Let’s get started…Continue reading “Learn PHP For Experienced Developers”
A colleague mentioned a new language and serverless environment called Dark (or DarkLang if you don’t want a zillion unrelated search results). It sounded interesting so I created an account to check it out.Continue reading “DarkLang Intro And First Impressions”
We become developers with the understanding that our mission with the software we create is to meet the needs of users. But what happens when the software we create is being used to change or coerce the behaviour of users, rather than help them work, play and behave the way they want to? What are the ethical considerations of developing software that tries to manipulate users? Where does the profit-driven motivation go too far?
Continue reading “Let’s Talk About: Coercive Software Design”
Coercive: using force to persuade people to do things that they are unwilling to do. (Cambridge Dictionary)