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Social Network API update

Posted in Programming Tutorials on Aug 30, 2016

<p>Last time I updated you guys on this, I only had a list of ideas and how it would initially pan out. I have now started the project and published the repo onto GitHub (which can be <a href="https://github.com/Michael-Brooks/social-api">found here</a>).</p> <p>If you would like to contribute then I would whole heartedly appreciate any contributions, pull requests or feedback on the project. I must warn you guys that it is literally just started, but so far I have implemented Dingo and JWT tokens as part of the API.</p> <p>You can also find my todo list publicly available through <a href="https://trello.com/b/gGSRijjW/social-app-api">Trello</a>. You can see what I would like to be done, what needs testing and what has been c...</p>

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Create a Raspberry Pi 3 Bluetooth tag

Posted in Programming Tutorials 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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Posted in General Updates, 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 General Updates, 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 General Updates on Jul 27, 2016

<p>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.</p> <p>To get us started, I am using the latest <a href="http://lumen.laravel.com">Lumen</a> build and will extend it with <a href="https://github.com/dingo/api">Dingo</a> and <a href="https://github.com/tymondesigns/jwt-auth">JWT Tokens</a> for authentication.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 <a href="https://pusher.com/">Pusher</a> for a messaging system as that seems to have...</p>

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The beginning of our Laravel social network

Posted in General Updates, Laravel 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 General Updates 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 General Updates, Programming Tutorials 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 General Updates 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 General Updates 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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