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Earlier this week I started looking into Meteor JS as an alternative to all the Angular/React hype that's going on right now. After doing the official tutorial I read "Your First Meteor Application" and really liked it. It complements the tutorial really well and paves the way for the even more interesting book "Discover Meteor", that I read right now.

Link: http://meteortips.com/book/introduction/ Link: https://book.discovermeteor.com/

#meteorjs   #javascript   #ebook   #tutorial  
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Spending the weekend to read some proper book on JS. Read a lot of good things about Eloquent JavaScript (2nd Edition). So let's do it…

Link: http://eloquentjavascript.net/

Read it for free online or better buy a printed copy if you can. 
This is a book about JavaScript, programming, and the wonders of the digital. You can read it online here, or get your own paperback copy of the book. Cover image. Written by Marijn Haverbeke. Licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial license. All code in this book may also be ...
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Downloading Elementary OS Freya - check
Installing it in Virtual Box - check
Installing Guest Additions - check
Result: No Retina Support - sucks

Installing Parallels 10 - check
Installing Freya in PD10 - check
Installing Parallels Drivers - check
Result: Black screen - sucks

So, I have to wait until one of the systems supports Freya or at least clever people find a workaround. :/
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+Micah Godbolt I downloaded VirtualBox 5 beta 2 and it's somewhat working. Might work properly with some tweaking. At least I have more resolutions to choose from. Still not a native look feeling.
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A short update on my experience with Tresorit. Well, I must say I use it and it just works. No problem at all and whether with the Mac client or the iOS clients. I'm still a bit reluctant with the application UI, but that's a minor thing. I add more an more folders to the service and the trust is growing. 

So about a month into using Tresorit I will stick to it und conjunction with my Drive Account where I store all those "not so important" things. 

Link: http://tresorit.com
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Back to the future…

It's been some years since I got a task that involves designing a website and create vector (SVG) elements. Normally I would use Adobe Fireworks for that task. I religiously used it back in the early twothousands when I was working with Windows. But now it seams like it's not getting the love it deserves by Adobe. On the other hand I wanted to try something new and Sketch 3 seams to be the right tool with a really nice set of features, fair price and growing community and eco system of plugins/extensions.

After one day of using it to create a vector logo from an old drawing I can say I love it. Feels like in old Fireworks times. I'm fast, I get things done, no UI glutter, streamlined processes and workflows. A good set of features and lots of fun!

So I guess I won't open Photoshop even less now. :)

If you want to give Sketch a try, there is a trail version or you can buy the software in the OSX AppStore.

Link: http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/

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True true true, but I'm one of those bad "native application" fan boys. For me the UI is a great part of the whole experience. And as far as I know and see, that's not the case for Inkscape.
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Drupal 7 to Laravel 4 for a win?

First project rebuilding (writing) a Drupal 7 order management tool in Laravel 4. Let's see how much more or less work it is. 

The current system uses Fields, Views, Rules and Search API heavily. On top some Page Manager, Ctools and user/permission sugar. 
I remember building the tool last year and not feeling really happy about it, because it became such a big boomer, even if the core functionality is trivial. 

So now, after reading lots of the Laravel books and many, many articles, I feel comfortable to start using L4.2 in a production project. 
Lets see how it goes. 

On the other hand I'm also getting more and more interested in D8 and what it will bring to the CMS/F table. I just feel that using Drupal is more and more only right if you have midsize and big projects. 

Mike

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From hazels and noodels…

After figuring out where to store my files securely in the cloud (see the former post), I now wanted and needed to structure my files and folders. In that process I wanted to bring together all my images, videos and files in a new structure and common naming schema. Sound difficult right? 

No it's not thanks to Hazel the amazing utility that slept on my Mac for almost 5 years now. Not that I was not using it, but it's doing it's job in the background and once set up, you will forget at some point and take the magic for granted. :)

So what do I do with it? I sync folders, I bring structure to images, sort them in to subfolders that are automatically created on demand, I move files around, automatically unzip archives and move applications. I delete duplicates and set labels and tags. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

So without further ado check out Hazel and streamline your OSX file processes/workflows. 

Link: http://www.noodlesoft.com/whatsnew.html

I hope you'll like it as well and maybe you share some of your rules and workflows. 

Mike 
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Finally - I found a nice data table!

If you are searching for a new UI toolkit that has a nice datatables/datagrid component and you don't want to spend thousands of [your currency here] for it, like with ExtJS, maybe Webix is the right tool for you. 

Link: http://webix.com/

It comes with 55 really nice components. Each being really powerful an configurable. I really fell in love with the data tables right now. So much potential in data heavy applications. 

What UI solutions do you use? 

Mike
Webix is a cross-browser JavaScript ui widgets library. Build fast mobile and desktop web applications that run on all touch devices with HTML5 framework.
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Interesting and fun talk about using Laravel in existing php projects. Also a good resource if you want to learn more about how to become a better coder/developer in general. ;)

#laravel4   #laravel   #php5  
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Hey +Elijah Lynn there are many more interesting videos from Laracon 2014 in Amsterdam! Hope you enjoy them too.
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New week, new fun in the PHP developer universe right? :) 

So this week I will continue to read as much as I can on stuff related to Laravel and to some degree Restful APIs. So here is my current reading list for this week:

And yes I know there are some big changes coming up in L4.3, but most of the content is still relevant. So if you are interested, give those book a read too. 

1. Build APIs You Won't Hate
https://leanpub.com/build-apis-you-wont-hate

2. Laravel Testing Decoded
https://leanpub.com/laravel-testing-decoded 

3. PHP Objects, Patterns, and Practice (4th Edition)
http://www.apress.com/9781430260318

4. Laravel cookbook (also available from the authors Medium site)
https://leanpub.com/laravel4cookbook

On top of those books it's always fun to read the official documentation of Laravel and PHP too.

What do you read this week?

Do you have recommendations for books on TDD, Testing, System Architecture, Patterns (in PHP)?

#laravel   #laravel4   #php   #php5   #phpunit  
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Dear Google YouTube,

I really like your service for getting videos from conferences I did not attend, Arduino projects I'm interested in and some old music videos from the glorious 90ies. ;)

But what I don't want are "recommendations" for those German kiddies that talk nonsense all day long, make clips full of thin air and have a huge fan base of even more mentally retarded kids and teens. Why in the world do you recommend them to me even if I tell you I'm not interested and they share no topics with what I watch? 

Ohh yeah, I know, because they make money for you. Fine. But I don't want to see them, and so won't see the ads either. So please keep me alone and let me find interesting material on your platform. 

Thank you

Mike

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So I'm now one week into using Tresorit as my secure cloud storage and I have to say I like it. Being able to use whatever folder on my drive is so much nicer than being forced to put everything into one folder defined by the service, or using symlink to fake it. 

Working with the Mac and iOS clients is nice as well. Only downside is the strange UI. Not sure why they chose to follow this path, but for a serious product I would love to see a more conforming UI that blends with the OS. Personally I don't need the fancy design, but can live with it.

If you want to give it a try follow this link:

https://register.tresorit.com/download?mode=1&ref=Qhpbid

Mike

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