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Time is Money

When you first start out as a developer you find a problem and build a solution. This is how you learn and progress. As you become older your outlook changes and you’d rather pay money to save time. Of course, you could still build it, but eventually, you hit a tipping point. Developers are some of the worst …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 27, 2016


Free Stock Photos

In the past few years, free stock photography sites have been cropping all over the web. I was first exposed to these from one of the most popular sites Unsplash and have been using more and more of these services since then. The problem now is many others have found Unsplash and I’ve scrolled through their list …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 27, 2016


Apple Music

I’m not a music aficionado, I like music playing while I’m working just for the background noise. So switching music streaming services shouldn’t be a big deal. A few years ago I became a Spotify subscriber and although I tried other services I always came back to it. The user-curated playlists and the ability to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 26, 2016


PhpStorm Material + Peacock Theme

Dayle Rees launched a new PhpStorm theme that combines the Material UI theme with his Peacock color scheme. Back when I used Sublime, Peacock was my favorite theme and I’m happy to see this being integrated with PhpStorm. You can get this theme from the Github repo and it includes all the instructions for getting …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday January 24, 2016


Show Your Work

They say reading at night is good for you. It’s relaxing and gets your body ready for sleep. Typically I would agree but not with Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. It was 10 pm, I was tired, ready for bed, and I assumed reading the first chapter would put me right to sleep. I was wrong. I ended up reading almost …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday January 23, 2016


Year In Review Marketing

The joys of a new year. A time to reflect on what all you accomplished and start planning out those new years resolutions. One of the hardest parts of this process is figuring out what all you did the past year. Sure big events are easy to remember and if you keep a journal then going back through it will help fill in …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 20, 2016


Book Dust Jackets

I’ve been a digital reader most of my adult life but for the past year I’ve been trying to reduce my screen time and started buying real books. I started out with paperbacks but now I’ve moved into wanting hardcovers because they seem more sturdy and will stay in better condition longer. The one drawback I experienc…

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday January 4, 2016


Just 20 Pages- A Goal To Read More

For the past two years, I’ve made the same new years goal, read more books. Both years I’ve failed. I would start off reading every night and a few weeks into the year something would happen to cause me to veer off course. A new side project idea, a new writing project, just to worn out, you can insert any excuse …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 1, 2016


2015 In Numbers

At the end of every year I like to look back and see what all I accomplished. Since almost everything I create and work on is online, generating stats and data is relatively easy. Plus many services are now sending “year in review” emails so it’s all automated. Here are some of this years numbers for Laravel News and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday December 30, 2015


A first look at the Flarum Forum Software

Flarum is a new open source PHP forum system developed by Toby Zerner and Franz Liedke. Toby and Franz both have history in creating forum software and with Flarum they decided to join forces and reimagine the forum landscape. Gone are the days of the old style forums that has been popular for the past 20 years. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday August 28, 2015


Ninjagrl Art

A few months back I decided to rework my entire office. I had grown tired of a tiny corner desk that would only hold a desktop computer and a keyboard. It felt cramped and left little room for writing or planning with real paper and pencil. This desk also featured a large hutch that took up almost an entire wall. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday August 26, 2015


The Martian Trailer

I haven’t been this excited to see a movie in a long time. I just finished the book last weekend and it’s all still fresh in mind. When thinking about the movie I was wondering how they were going to do the first half before Watney contacts NASA. Having the SOL logs be in video format is a great idea. If you haven’t …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday August 19, 2015


Laravel and Stripe

Over the past few years, I’ve implemented Laravel and Stripe on multiple occasions. Everything from subscriptions to one-off purchases. When I started, Laravel Cashier wasn’t invented yet and it was a totally different beast, but now with Cashier it takes a lot of the pain away by having a simple API. But with …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday May 29, 2015