Midwest PHP 2016

It’s still surreal that I just ran the fourth Midwest PHP conference with Kelly, Mike, John, and Wyatt. As with every year it was an emotional roller coaster. In the end it was a fantastic event bringing 230 attendees together to learn everything from PHP7,  Drupal, WordPress, Elastic Search and many API sessions rounded out Midwest PHP 2016.

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Undisturbed REST review

This past weekend at Midwest PHP my friend and author of Undisturbed REST, Mike Stowe, gave me a copy of his book. I was quiet excited to get my hands on it as he had mentioned it to me a number of times previously.  I also had the pleasure of attending one MuleSoft’s workshops the week prior to the conference and to learn more about the company he works for along with the software that they provide. Continue reading

Falling in love

Over the past week I have been working within my Koding environment. The more I use it the more I love it.  The part I think I like the most about it might be the fact that I could just start using any technology I want with out having to first set it up.  Though this is awesome, one could consider it a downfall as well. For instance when you sign up for your koding account, right away you have node, ruby, python, and php all installed.  This is fantastic for someone just starting out, but at the same time they should know the pain points of getting the environment configured. Continue reading

Its alive

Last night I spent some more time working on a few web sites using Koding. The more I use it the more impressed I become with the application.  The one thing that I like and dislike about it all at the same time is its minimalist interface.  You won’t find any tool bars, buttons, or menus within the application.  Everything is done via the keyboard.  For people that are used to working within terminal and a terminal editor on a daily basis, this will come natural to them.  Unfortunately for someone like me who tends to like working with menus and buttons working in Koding doing everything strictly using your keyboard does not come nature. Continue reading

Day one: the setup

This evening I signed up for my Koding account to being my 30 days of cloud development. I went with their free package since I think it will suite my needs for my little experiment.  Its hard to say that this is going to be anything but a little experiment. I plan on doing all of my side project development on this platform. Granted I currently only have one project I am officially working on right now so I don’t have to worry about the need to spin up multiple VMs. Continue reading

Everything in the cloud

A few weeks back I finally decided to take the plunge, I decided to purchase a Chromebook. In particular I purchased an HP Chromebook 11.  I’ve actually wanted to purchase them since the first Samsung Chromebook was released. Now that I have one though, I’m kind of in a pickle, what do I use it for. Continue reading

Minneapolis WordCamp 2014

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first ever WordCamp. I’ve always been a framework developer and always looked at WordPress as just something to use for blogging. Maybe is this is because its how I have always used WordPress or maybe its because that is how I first saw WordPress. I couldn’t have you a good concrete reason. Either way you slice it, after attending WordCamp at the University of St Thomas campus, the presenters have opened my eyes to a number of different ways that everyone can benefit from using it. Continue reading

Midwest PHP 2014

TL;DR; The Midwest PHP 2014 conference was fantastic. If you were unable to attend this year, you should really consider attending in 2015. IF you were able to make it I hope you had a great time.

This past weekend, actually two weekends ago now, I had the privilege of running the second annual Midwest PHP conference. Last year I co-organized the Midwest PHP 2013 conference with Mike Stowe who has since moved to California to work for Constant Contact. With his departure to California mid-year in 2013 I emailed him to ask if he would have any issues if I took over running the conference. To my surprise he agreed and turned all of the information over to me that I would need to run this year’s Midwest PHP 2014 conference on my own. Continue reading

#DevFestMN 2014

Today I attended the first ever Google Dev Fest in Minnesota. The event was being put on by the Twin Cities Google Developer Group at the University of St Thomas. I wasn’t really sure what to expect while attending the conference.  There were a number of topics that I was interested in attending, and a few that I wasn’t either.  The event was broken down into four different tracks: android, web apps/design, tech talk, and finally cloud. Overall though it was really hard to pass this event up with a price tag of only $22 plus eventbrite fees. Continue reading