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How to Run Tests in PhpStorm

How to Run Tests in PhpStorm

January 3rd, 2020

PhpStorm offers so much functionality. From syntax highlighting to Docker integration, it’s an extremely comprehensive tool. However, have you ever thought of using it to run your unit tests? In this article, I step you through running tests, from an entire suite to an individual test.

Fix a Commit History With Git Interactive Rebase

Fix a Commit History With Git Interactive Rebase

November 28th, 2019

Git interactive rebase is a powerful tool that can help you fix up your commit history to make it more meaningful, professional, and maintainable. In this post, I step through what it is, how it works, and when you should — and shouldn't — use it.

Command-Line Productivity Hack - ctrl+x+e

Command-Line Productivity Hack - ctrl+x+e

November 21st, 2019

There are lots of tips, tricks, and ideas around for hacking your command-line productivity to make you more efficient. However, in this post, I'm not going to show you something that's super in-depth, ultra-detailed, or talk about an app that you have to install: ctrl+x+e.

How to Set Up PHP Debugging with PhpStorm, Xdebug, and PHPUnit

How to Set Up PHP Debugging with PhpStorm, Xdebug, and PHPUnit

November 3rd, 2019

Still using var_dump to debug your PHP code? Stop! While var_dump can be convenient, it’s a very blunt approach. In this article, I’ll show you how to set up proper debugging with PhpStorm, Xdebug, and PHPUnit, and give you a modern, sophisticated debugging experience.

Why Is My Website So Slow?!

Why Is My Website So Slow?!

September 27th, 2019

Is your website (or web-based application) not performing like you expect it should? Not sure why or what to do about it? Then come learn about some key things you can do to have your website perform properly.

Don't Write Code When You Don't Have To

Don't Write Code When You Don't Have To

August 16th, 2019

Writing code is a very creative endeavour. However, if you're not careful, you may well end up wasting a lot of time writing code that you don't have to.

Avoid Duplicate Content With Antora Page and Site Attributes

Avoid Duplicate Content With Antora Page and Site Attributes

May 30th, 2019

Writing technical documentation has a lot of similarities to writing software; an important one being content reuse, instead of content duplication. In this post, you’ll learn why and how to use attributes in AsciiDoc and Antora to reuse content as and when needed.

How to Create Redirects in Antora

How to Create Redirects in Antora

May 30th, 2019

Whenever you create online documentation, eventually, the structure needs to change; such as a name change, content restructure, or old content is removed. When these times come, it's important to create redirects to avoid breaking user expectations. In this post, I'm going to step you through how to do so with Antora.

4 Git Command-Line Tips for Greater Productivity

4 Git Command-Line Tips for Greater Productivity

May 23rd, 2019

Git, despite still being a bit terse, is extremely powerful version control software. However, because it's so powerful, it takes time to learn. In this post, I'm going to show you four small techniques to help you use it more effectively.

Convert Markdown to AsciiDoc The Right Way! Use kramdoc

Convert Markdown to AsciiDoc The Right Way! Use kramdoc

May 16th, 2019

If you need to migrate Markdown content to AsciiDoc, there's a tool designed specifically to do it — it's called kramdoc. In this post, I'm going to show you how to use it and relate my experience with it.

How to Convert Markdown to AsciiDoc Using Pandoc

How to Convert Markdown to AsciiDoc Using Pandoc

May 9th, 2019

Markdown is one of the most ubiquitous file formats around at the moment for writing technical documentation — and it's easy to see why! However, it may not be the choice long-term. When it's time to change, you need to be able to migrate to a more feature-rich format. Come learn about the best tool for the job and how to use it.