LAMPStack Laravel

I’ve known about Laravel since I first started investigating PHP frameworks years ago. At the time, I didn’t feel that it was the best choice for the site I was managing. But it has continued to grow and, today, it’s far and away the leading PHP framework. Still, I resisted digging into it. I have long been a CakePHP fan, […]

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Choosing the Right Stack for the Job

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As a developer, you’ve no doubt been asked “can you do [insert user request here]” more times than you can count. The answer is pretty much always “yes.” The tougher question these days is “how” … there are hundreds of ways to get things done these days. In this post, I’d like to share some of the things that shape my decisions about the “how.”

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Creative (i.e. weird) WordPress Hosting Tricks

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I frequently play around with different ways of improving Wordpress performance through hosting configurations, not so much because it’s necessary but because I have fun doing it. This was one of those times… I wondered about the value of catching the front-end of a Wordpress installation with Nginx but directing everything on the dashboard side of things to Apache2.

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Creating a Local Docker Swarm with VirtualBox

Docker Swarm is the container orchestration tool built into Docker, and while it isn’t nearly as popular as Kubernetes, it still has a lot going for it. It uses mostly the same syntax as Docker, so you can leverage your existing knowledge. To make a Swarm cluster in VirtualBox we’ll need three VMs that a) can talk to each other, b) can be accessed from your local computer, and c) can get to the Internet.

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