Starting with Symfony – Performance issues

When I chose Symfony, I did so on the understanding that it was going to be a relatively lightweight, performance framework which I could use to build web apps which scale nicely and respond quickly. I started out with a tutorial where the first activity was to get the name of a person input via […]

Getting Started with Symfony (part 1)

I’m about to make a change in my career and go back into development. To help me do that I’ve started a course on Udemy for getting up and running with Symfony 4. I figured that if I was going to be working with frameworks, I might as well get used to them.

Jenkins disk space usage

I’m working on a project, part time, in my spare time.  As part of that project I have Jenkins for continual building when I publish anything into the master branch in git.  I’ve not done much for a month or so, but logged in to it today to be given a lovely warning that the […]

My First Attempt at Open-Source Contribution

I’ve always wanted to contribute to an open source project, so I thought it was time to finally start.  I’ve been investigating different CSS frameworks, and came across Bulma.  I saw the contribute link and figured I’d see what issues there were in Github for it, and there was an issue about some typos.  I figured that […]

Automating the simple stuff

We all use computers for one thing or another, and in most cases we’ll do the same things on them over and over.  Part of being a developer is realising the things which need doing a lot, and automating them to increase productivity.  Doesn’t matter what it is, there’s generally a way to automate things.

Introducing Charon File Uploader

I’ve wanted to build a useful javascript library for a while, but never found any of the ones out there lacking.  I’ve been working on a new project recently and one of the things I needed to do for that was be able to upload an image via AJAX, along with the alt-text and other […]

Database Connection Mis-information

Whilst on my usual rounds on StackOverflow to help spred useful knowledge of computing and web development I came across the following comments on a thread: Um… mysql doesn’t connect over http… nor to a directory Neither should it be an url. Usually it’s localhost or the IP address of the remote mysql server

Check, test and check again

I noticed today as I was about to start a different article that my website was looking a bit, well, funny.  The layout was wrong, some of the colours were off, the whole thing was a mess.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not at the forefront of design, and won’t win any beauty awards, but […]

NEVER trust user input

I’ve had the joys recently of being part of a code audit for a potential client for a change or re-build of a system.  The code in itself was complete textbook…of how not to code a system.  It looked like it had been built long long ago when OO principles didn’t exist, and when no-one […]

Perils of a shared hosting platform

Once again I’ve been inspired by a stack overflow question, and it made me think about issues of a shared hosting platform.  You know the ones; the “host your site for £2.99 a month” sites.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with it (I was using them for a long time until I decided I wanted my own server […]