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My Blog is about Web Development and anything else I find interesting.


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ReactJS Firebase Blogging Application


Posted in General Updates on Feb 04, 2017

I have just released a dev branch of my first ReactJS application which utilises Firebase database. If you are looking to build ReactJS application, then I encourage you to clone my repo and create any PRs which you think will be helpful towards the project. You can also preview my ReactJS blogging app here and please let me know what you think of it.

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Plans for the new year


Posted in General Updates on Dec 26, 2016

I never do the "New year, New me" bullshit, I have always believed that the end of the year is a time to reflect what we have done over the past few years and what we can improve upon for the new year to come.

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WATCH TAYLOR OTWELL - LARAVEL 5.3 OVERVIEW FROM LARACON US!


Posted in General Updates 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 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

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 General Updates 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 Programming Tutorials, General Updates 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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