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Upgrade your grey matter, cause one day it may matter

As a programmer I’m always trying to learn and push myself so I don’t stagnate and because I simply love learning. An opportunity has come up to get access to a lot of knowledge for cheap and I can’t not share it!

For the next 12 days via Humble Bundle you can get a bunch of programming books for next to nothing and as a bonus your proceeds go to charity! Go check it out.

I personally got the $8 package as I want the Javascript books, but the one I’m most excited to dive into is ‘Automate The Boring Stuff With Python’.

MEAN is MERN – Pivoting to React

Pivoting to React

I’ve been working on pushing myself to learn some new web development technologies, specifically the MEAN stack. I got into some MongoDB docs, some Express.js stuff and some Node stuff, but I wasn’t working too much on Angular. After a bit of research, I decided I’m pivoting from learning Angular to React.
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Inactivity Update

Hey all,

I’ve been ignoring my blog for a little bit. My apologies for that if you frequent it. I’ve been busy with my personal life, a few family issues arouse.

So where are we?

  • I started learning the MEAN stack and plan on posting my experience with it soon!
  • I’ve taken it upon myself to learn Symfony 3. Not sure if I’ll be writing about my experiences with it, but I do want to expand my LAMP stack knowledge and get familiar with the framework. It will open a lot of doors for me as right now I just work in vanilla PHP land and adhere as best I can to MVC standards. This should really help with that.
  • With the help of one of the comments in the Quickbase PHP API article I have extended the API for more functionality. I just need to commit and do a pull request on Github for that to become official. I will then update my tutorial to include the new functionality.
  • I’m thinking about writing a follow up to my article from last summer, my-windows-10-experience-so-far, and write about my experience with the OS after using it for a year (spoiler: I like it).
  • Myself and some friends made a board game website! Board gaming has been quickly becoming my favorite hobby in the last few years, so why not talk about it… on the internet. Check it out! http://www.thegameinsite.com. It’s a little content dry at the moment, but we are working on getting some stuff out soon.

Teaching Computer Architecture via the Game Boy

I stumbled on this link via reddit this morning and got a whole lot more than I bargained for. This is a wonderful explanation of computer architecture! All credit to JackTech.

Lean MEAN.IO Fighting Machine

Currently I am a LAMP. I stand tall and shine bright, but I am nothing more. I see all the cooler kids in the house playing with their new toys. I think it’s time to become a MEAN old man.

Ugh, right? I just said that. In all seriousness, I feel like I’m stagnating a little bit. I’ve been in the LAMP world since I was a teenager. I’m comfortable there, but I feel like I’m missing out on so much and I’m only 25. I want to stay relevant and feel ‘hip’ like these cool kids, so over the next few weeks, I’m going to learn the MEAN stack, and hopefully post some tutorials or something. Until then, get off my lawn.

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AWS in Plain English

If you have ever poked around in AWS, you probably noticed that “damn, Amazon has a lot of services”. This chart breaks down their services into plain English and explains what the AWS services can do for you.

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Accident Reconstruction Specialists Ltd. is live!

I’ve been pretty busy lately! I just finished up another site, this time it is for Accident Reconstruction Specialists Ltd. The site is static and built using Bootstrap 3. Nothing overly interesting from a development standpoint, but it’s a decent looking site none the less.

The design is heavily inspired by the brochure that was provided to me. My client specifically wanted the documents in the background so I photoshopped a web friendly version. I will upload the source later to this post so you can see where my inspiration came from. I went with bootstrap so I could get a quick and dirty responsive site so my client could start linking their customers to it. All that’s left to do now is some SEO work and adding a reCaptcha to the contact form.

Endurance-eSports is live!

It’s been a pretty busy few weeks. I’ve been hard at work diving a bit deeper into WordPress development. I originally built my friend a site for his eSports organization last year, but the organization changed so they were in need of a new site. I’m proud to announce that endurance-esports.com is live!

Go ahead and check it out!

Update – November 2015: The client has changed the design of the site. It is still running the theme I created for them, but with some alterations. Due to the nature of it being a WordPress site, the design is up to the client’s discretion from this point forward and is not reflective of the work I did.

Public GitHub Repo’s Aren’t Always Your Friend.

A developer friend of mine sent me this link this morning.

This is how you get hacked

Remember folks, a GitHub repo is only as good as its users.

So what’s the big deal you may be asking. Well, these folks have all exposed their database names and passwords to the world. Some of them may be just for development servers, but it’s still something to work off of. It’s easy enough to find out what some of these websites domains may be, and finding the ip isn’t that hard either.

Safety first kids. Don’t commit your wp-config files to public repos!

 

Update: Oh god, it gets worse… This is a list of private SSH keys. They are just sitting there in the open for all to steal and use. People think hacking is hard… well it is, but it’s a whole lot easier when you give them the keys to your car.  DON’T put private information on a public repo!

SAFETY FIRST KIDS. YOU SHOULD PROBABLY USE BITBUCKET INSTEAD OF GITHUB.

Windows 10 – My Upgrade Experience

The internet is ablaze with Windows 10 news this weekend. I guess it’s time for me to upgrade… This post will detail my experience upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7.

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