Test Multiple Variables With isset

I caught a Tweet from Taylor Otwell referencing a PR on the Laravel framework where he and others including myself were surprised to learn you can pass multiple variables to php’s isset function. Instead of: You can simply do: I think this is a reflection of the fact we...

Laravel No Supported Encrypter Found

When you create a new laravel project using composer create-project laravel/laravel, composer will generate an app key for your app after renaming .env.example to .env and write it as the value for APP_KEY. IF you install by another means, this key may not get generated and you will get the...

MySQL on Low Memory VPS

Quick tip for those of you spinning up small droplets on Digital Ocean or instances elsewhere. In MysQL 5.6.*, Performance Shema is on by default. In previous version of MySQL, the defualt was off. This matters because performance schema allocates all of the RAM it requires at start up....

Common Sense SEO

Most people worry about breaking into Google’s top 10 rankings for their most important head term. Almost every site serves a particular niche (or vertical if you prefer). Most verticals today are extremely competitive for ranking page one terms. Getting to the top is half the battle. The other...

Priming MySQL Using Laravel Migrations

In my current project, I needed to load zip code data into a MySQL table. There are a number of ways to do this, but I wanted a solution that could flex to much larger datasets and run fast. After doing some research, it seemed like the best way...

Learn How to Make a Web Page

I got my first computer in 1995 and by 1996 I was very curious about how it was that web pages were possible. At the time, there was very little information about how to create a basic web page. What’s more, the ability to style a page and make...

Product + Support Interviews Jeff Atwood

Good interivew of Jeff Atwood over at Product + Support today. The final question/answer really brings it home for those of us starting something new right now: When we started there was a lot less of everything on the internet. Today, what’s the best way to try and build...

Domain Listings on Flippa

Flippa
I have a rather extensive portfolio of domain names which I have primarily parked at Sedo. However, I haven’t been actively marketing them for sale. Until now. I just listed a small batch of domains for sale on Flippa. If you aren’t familiar, Flippa is a marketplace for buying...

Should PowerPoint Be Banned?

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
Great article by Katrin Park in The Washington Post yesterday illustrating why PowerPoint should be banned…by using PowerPoint to explain why. My thoughts run along these lines: Ban it internally? Sure. If that’s your ax to grind. Ban it universally? It will never happen. I literally would be incapable...

StartCast with Shawn Lindstrom

StartCast.net
Our new podcast series chronicles the life of a founder on a forced march to startup success, a new job or the poor house. The “Prelude: Ready to be Shot off into Space” and first episode, “Six Months to Live“, have just been published.