All entries of my technical and business blog.

How to Install a Composer package from a local zip

I use Laravel Nova in a lot of my projects, but I’ve never liked the idea of storing the files in a local directory after download. Yes, you can use credentials for a Composer-based install, true, but I wanted something that didn’t require that. Turns out you can install packages like Laravel Nova from a zip file locally. Here’s how. (more…)

Do Not Use Laravel Tinker in Production

I’ll say it again: do not install Laravel Tinker in production, and certainly do not use it. It’s a great tool to do work in your application, but only in test and development environments. That’s why I only install it in my require-dev section of my composer.json file. (more…)

What Non-IT Startup Founders Need to Know

If you’re going to try to launch a startup that has a website or app as its main product, and you don’t have a technical co-founder, you should read this blog entry. It’ll save you a lot of time, headaches, and a ton of money. (more…)

Why Does UI/UX Even Matter?

As you walk down the alleyway, you feel the hairs on your neck stand up. You’re a bit scared, but you can’t exactly put your finger on why. Was that some footsteps? Did you see a shadow shift? Why is it that you know you’re in danger? (more…)

Poor Man's Javascript Error Reporter

If you want to track errors in your production Javascript (which you should), you should use a fully-baked service like BugSnag. If you can’t, there’s at least one other thing you could try: a poor man’s javascript error reporter. (more…)

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