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Setting up Twig in Laravel

Re-posted from my old blog This week, I have been mostly trying… Laravel. Trying a new PHP framework raises a few questions. What coding style does it use? How do you build models? What do templates look like? When trying Laravel for the first time, I wasn’t keen on the Blade templating engine. So I decided to look for… Read More

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What’s the quickest way to set up a blog?

If you want to set up a personal blog, or a non-serious, non-business blog, by far the simplest way is to sign up for one of the following sites: WordPress.com Tumblr Blogger Business blogs are definitely worth setting up as a self-hosted WordPress blog on your own custom URL (i.e. yourname.com – rather than yourname.wordpress.com). This takes… Read More

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UX 101: hit Enter to submit

Usability testing is something I do a lot. Whether I’m testing what my technical team has built, or I’m using a website or app for the first time, I have some expectations when it comes to how the application behaves. I’ve found there can be quite big differences between how the front-end of a site works, and how the admin… Read More

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Gmail encourages us to hold onto emails we no longer need

Having emptied the trash folder in Gmail (or the “Bin” in the UK version), I was greeted with the following message: No conversations in the Bin. Who needs to delete when you have so much storage?! I don’t understand how having a lot of storage justifies never deleting anything. By deleting things you really don’t need, you won’t approach storage limits… Read More

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