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Create a Raspberry Pi 3 Bluetooth tag


Posted in Raspberry Pi on Aug 09, 2016

I found this https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/create-a-raspberry-pi-3-bluetooth-tag/ to be a really nice starting project for my newly purchased Pi 3. However, I did run into a few problems which I will address in this Blog post. You can pretty much follow either this post, or the MagPi one, but my post will address any issues I had when following their tutorial. So to start, they requested I find the Mac address for both my phone and PC. I followed their advice for looking on my phone, but the Mac address was long and full of dashes which looking at the Python script is not what they want. Instead, I used the Pi to search for my phone on Bluetooth and find the Mac address using the following in Terminal...

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WATCH TAYLOR OTWELL - LARAVEL 5.3 OVERVIEW FROM LARACON US!


Posted in Laravel on Aug 03, 2016

If you're looking forward to what Laravel 5.3 has to offer then I would definitely recommend that you watch this video of Taylor Otwell which goes into detail on what the latest version has to offer. It is pretty long at 1 hour and 36 minutes, but my gosh is it worth it. https://streamacon.com/video/laracon-us/taylor-otwell-laravel-53-overview

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Laracon US - Laravel 5.3 overview


Posted in Laravel on Jul 29, 2016

The last two days I have been keeping an eye on the Laracon US live stream shown on https://streamacon.com and while the first day of the stream didn't go too well, the second days stream has been phenomenal (Review will be coming soon).

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Social Networking site - Starting point


Posted in Laravel, Social Networking Site on Jul 27, 2016

In my last post, I said how I would create a new open sourced social networking website and I would start out on the API. To get us started, I am using the latest Lumen build and will extend it with Dingo and JWT Tokens for authentication. First and foremost, I feel that the database and API endpoints are the most important parts of our application and is what I will begin to build out. I will start with the basics, user profile, comments, friendship etc and then build out a nice messaging system. I will be looking to implement something like Pusher for a messaging system as that seems to have...

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The beginning of our Laravel social network


Posted in Laravel, Social Networking Site on Jul 22, 2016

A long while back, I said I would love to create and document making a social networking website using the Laravel framework, well that hasn't happened, like at all.

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Dealing with Depression and Anxiety, becoming a stronger, better self


Posted in Depression and Anxiety on Jul 21, 2016

As some of you readers may know me by now and possibly read my https://michaelbrooks.co.uk/post/dealing-with-performance-anxiety-and-depression-as-a-web-developer. Which explained how I went through a hard time with work and built up a lot of anxiety with myself and felt as though I wasn't a good enough developer. Well, I wanted to update on my progress as this year I was made redundant once again, and it was for the same reason. The company was in a struggle to find funding and therefore had to make some cuts.

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ReactPHP and Symfony


Posted in Symfony, ReactPHP on Jul 18, 2016

I started listening to a https://phptownhall.com which talks a lot about different PHP and server technologies and on one of the later episodes, they talk about http://reactphp.org. http://reactphp.org is a great asynchronous solution for PHP and it offers non-blocking async which is fantastic and can be easily compared to NodeJS (although we won't be doing that here).

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Docker has been fun, but it's time to move on...


Posted in Docker on Jul 13, 2016

As a few of you may know, I have been using Docker for some time to deploy my site with. It's been a great learning experience for me and is something I wish to carry on with. However, because of the nature of the beast, and the lack of knowledge I have with the technology, I have decided that I shouldn't be using it to host my live Blog when I am still learning how it works.

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Moltin API


Posted in API on Apr 13, 2016

I want to introduce you guys to an awesome e-commerce API called Moltin. It takes out so much hard work when it comes to creating an e-commerce platform and I have been working with the API to try and create an open source Laravel e-commerce platform which utilises the Moltin API as the core part of the app.

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How to containerize your PHP/NGINX docker project properly


Posted in Docker on Apr 11, 2016

This evening, I had myself a little challenge. I would turn my two containers (MariaDB and my own built container) into more containers, but using the power of Docker's official container repos. E.g. I would have 3 containers in total PHP7-FPM, NGINX and my already created MariaDB. If you don't know my steps I previously created, you can check it out here and skip to MariaDB for your database container and settings. First off, I used the PHP container and followed instructions to have a PHP7-FPM container. You can see below for the Docker file, just copy it and run the command below... docker...