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Free the Geek is Back!

Free the Geek is Back!

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

If you’re looking for a podcast to help you grow your software development skills and build a rewarding software development career, then Free the Geek is for YOU!

A Short Introduction to Postman

A Short Introduction to Postman

Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Debugging requests can be a time-consuming process. However, there’s a tool that makes doing so a lot simpler. It’s called Postman. In this tutorial, I step you through its core features and show you how to use them.

How to Run Tests in PhpStorm

How to Run Tests in PhpStorm

Fri, Jan 3, 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

Thu, Nov 28, 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

Thu, Nov 21, 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

Sun, Nov 3, 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?!

Fri, Sep 27, 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

Fri, Aug 16, 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.