Aaron Saray, Open Source Developer and Engineering Manager

Hi - I'm Aaron! I'm a Dev Manager coach, PHP & Laravel programmer, and Node & Vue developer.

I do contract work with my company More Better Faster. I like popcorn & short walks on the pavement.

Here are some things I have to say:

Be careful with prepareForValidation in Laravel

The prepareForValidation() method is really useful in Laravel requests: it helps modify the incoming data so that validation might be easier. But you need to be careful that you implement it correctly and don’t mess up your data. Let me explain. (more…)

Use Netlify functions to proxy an API without CORS

You’ve got a great idea, there’s a free API, and you’ve got free hosting on Netlify. You’re ready to begin. You request your first bit of data and you hit that infamous CORS error: Cross-Origin Request Blocked: The Same Origin Policy disallows reading the remote resource at https://some-url-here. Ahh! So now, you have to build a complex backend to deal with this. Or do you? If it’s just something simple, you can use Netlify’s functions... (more…)

Your team isn't the only special one

I was watching Bar Rescue (please don’t tell anyone) and a bartender said exactly the same thing about his job as a programmer I was just talking to… turns out they had a surprising thing in common. (more…)

Do you even sprintf?

“Do you even lift, bro?!” What a way to ask if you work out while simultaneously insulting you. Well, maybe I shouldn’t have named this “do you even sprintf” but it really surprises me how many PHP devs forget about (or don’t even know about) this useful tool - and instead do some pretty icky looking string concatenation. Let’s take a look at what sprintf() can do for us. (more…)


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