Here's everything I've ever written, starting all the way back to 2008. Enjoy!


Accepting Adam's TDD Challenge

A response to Adam Wathan's challenge that isolated unit testing is incompatible with TDD.

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Lumen is dead. Long live Lumen.

Why I believe Lumen is dying and what the future holds for Lumen.

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A closer look at git rebase

For some, git rebase falls on the magic end of the spectrum for Git commands. In this post, we'll take a closer look at git rebase.

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Git - Command line vs GUIs

A case for using Git from the command line instead of GUIs.

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When to make a Git commit

2 rules I follow for when to make commits.

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Pivoting from Laravel Shift

Why I chose to pivot from a recent, successful product to a new product.

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Shift Developer Platform

Announcing a platform for developers to build custom Shifts.

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Getting Git - A Video Series

The pre-announcement of my new video series "Getting Git" - a comprehensive guide from git init to Git master.

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3 Git Commands I use every day

Some insight into three of the Git commands I use every day.

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Practicing YAGNI - Show me the code

A write-up of the code samples given during my "Practicing YAGNI" talk at ZendCon 2016.

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Updating Apache, PHP, and MySQL to Mac OS X Sierra

Steps to configure PHP, Apache, and MySQL after upgrading from Mac OS X El Capitan to Mac OS X Sierra.

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Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Mac OS X Sierra

This is an update for Mac OS X Sierra of a previous post on installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL for Mac OS X.

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Update PHP on Mac OS X

How to upgrade or install a different version of PHP on Mac OS X.

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Laravel Shift - 1,000 applications upgraded

A retrospective on creating Laravel Shift as it reaches its milestone of 1,000 Laravel applications upgraded.

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The Proximity Rule?

A recent coding style I call the "Proximity Rule". Might be called something else, but I still like the code.

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Practicing YAGNI

A summary of my talk at Laracon US 2016 on "Practicing YAGNI".

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From Mentoring to Pair Programming to Coaching

Going beyond mentoring or pair programming with personal development coaching in PHP, JavaScript, Objective-C, TDD, Git, and more.

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Programmer - Stages of Development

A rant on the different stages a programmer reaches during their development.

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Shift: Laravel Automated Upgrade Tool

Introducing Shift - a Laravel framework automated upgrade tool.

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Updating Apache, PHP, and MySQL to Mac OS X El Capitan

Steps to configure PHP, Apache, and MySQL after upgrading from Mac OS X Yosemite to Mac OS X El Capitan.

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Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Mac OS X El Capitan

This is an update for Mac OS X El Capitan of a previous post on installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL for Mac OS X.

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100 days practicing TDD

A retro after practicing test driven development for 100 days.

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Math in Dates

Finding the frequency of dates that satisfy a simple math equation.

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Two Weeks of Extreme Programming

Some initial thoughts after two weeks on a new team practicing extreme programming.

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I Don't Disagree

A rant for simpler, clearer communication.

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Removing Comments

A closer look at the practice of removing comments from code.

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Migrating from Octopress to Jekyll

Back to the basics with just Jekyll.

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I'm going to kill you Zason!

Childhood fun that took a wrong turn.

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Are you a Boy Scout?

A look at how the simple practice of "boyscouting" can improve your code.

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How Task Driven Development Kills the Craft of Software Engineering

A look at how the process of task driven development kills the craft of software engineering.

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Got Slack?

Got Slack? A look at what slack is, how slack is used, and why you need slack?

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Configuring Apache Virtual Hosts on Mac OS X

Tutorial for configuring Apache Virtual Hosts on Mac OS X.

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Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Mac OS X Yosemite

This is an update for Mac OS X Yosemite of a previous post on installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL for Mac OS X.

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The Reading List

A list of books culled over the years on the journey to improve my craft as a software engineer.

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Finally, I speak PHP

After 3 years of rejection, I am finally speaking at a PHP conference.

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Failures and Fuck-ups

A distinction between failure and fuck ups.

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The Debugging Golden Rule

Developers need to remember the Debugging Golden Rule.

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A rockstar developer can't save you

A rockstar developer can't save you. Why? Because the developer gap.

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Letting a successful app fail

Making the difficult decision to let PocketBracket, a successful app, fail.

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Beerio Kart

The rules for turning Mario Kart for the Nintendo 64 into a drinking game.

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A Comment from StackOverflow

Thoughts on the responsibilities of a top user on StackOverflow after a comment from another user.

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Launching my first Kickstarter project

The story behind launching my first project on Kickstarter.

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gh - Open GitHub from the Command Line

A shell script to open GitHub from the command line.

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Recruiter Methods

A closer look at the methods employed by recruiters.

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Convert uniqid() to a timestamp

A proof on how you can convert uniqid() to a Unix timestamp in PHP.

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Journey to become an iOS Developer

A rant on my journey to become a real iOS developer.

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Fixing PHP Errors

A guide to interpreting and fixing PHP errors.

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Contribute

A post from my talk as MOSSCon about contributing to Open Source.

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Buying a hatchet in Manhattan

The time I bought a hatchet at the Home Depot in midtown Manhattan.

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