All entries of my technical and business blog.

Backup All Your Github Repos Script

I had a nightmare that someone had access to my Github account and was deleting every repo I had before my eyes. I couldn’t figure out how to stop them and invalidate the proper token. I woke up and decided that I am not ok with this one point-of-failure of my historical work. So I wrote a script to back it up. (more…)

Highlight Laravel Logs in PHPStorm

I’d like to say I don’t ever have tons of error logs in my Laravel projects - but, sometimes it happens. With a sea of text, how can you see what you need to see easily? Enter JetBrain’s idealog plugin in PHPStorm. (more…)

Capture and redirect all Laravel email

First off, if you can use something like mailtrap I definitely recommend doing it. Mailtrap provides credentials and configuration so you can capture all of your email into a test inbox. But if that’s not possible, there is another option - and it has to do with Laravel’s mail events. (more…)

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…)

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