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Category: Programming Quickies

Back in they day, I ran a Tumblr blog named Magento Quickies where I’d post shorter, less in-depth posts about my travels through Magento’s source code. This Programming Quickies categories is the successor to that Tumblr blog. You’ll find all the old Magento Quickies content here, as well as new short posts about programming in general.

This section has its own RSS feed, the old Magento Quickies feed should should be redirecting, and we’re cross posting notifications for new posts over to magento-quickies.tumblr.com. In other words, you shouldn’t need to know any of this, but the duct tape that keeps the internet held together isn’t aging well, so your mileage may vary.

Below you'll find all the Programming Quickies articles on the site.

Laravel Noun

This started out as a snarky post but then I realized how often I need a lookup table like this. What have I become? Product What it Does Laravel Passport A composer package to give your Laravel based API OAuth2 features and capabilities. Laravel Cashier A composer package to simplify Stripe and Braintree’s subscription services in [...]

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Homebrew Shuffles PHP Support

Gripng PSA follows. Homebrew, the really great package manager and services system for MacOS, has recently shuffled around thier support for PHP. It sounds like the main PHP packages are being pulled into the core repository, but that extensions (mcrypt, memcached, etc.) are being dropped and users will need to install these via pecl. On [...]

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More PHP Internals Resources

It’s always nice when a late answer to a Stack Overflow question shows up with more information than you wanted/needed. The specifics here on dealing with the thread safe resource manager are worth it (if you’re looking for that sort of thing), but more important are the links to the two personal blogs covering random [...]

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How PHP Runs a Program

When I found the PHP Internals site a few months back, I noticed there was a small credit at the bottom. Built by Thomas Punt & Liam Mann Some Googling showed that Thomas Punt had written this How PHP Executes — from Source Code to Render article for sitepoint. While the article was accurate, like a lot of pro internet content [...]

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Understanding Git Rebase

I first saw a version of this talk (from @ellotheth) at PHPPNW in 2015, and it’s the first thing that made git rebasing make sense to me. Too many rebasing tutorials are so busy selling you on the benifits that they gloss over what’s happening to repository. Gemma’s talk not only dives into what a git rebase actually [...]

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New Docs Site for PHP Internals

A new documentation site for PHP Internals (the pile of C code that’s used to build PHP itself) magically appeared a few weeks ago and it’s pretty great. While the PHP Internals Book tries to give you the context you need to work in the PHP source code, this new PHP Internals site is trying to document every symbol and the [...]

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Large Excel Data Dumps

I don’t know much about its provenance, but this small python program is just the thing if you’re trying to export a large Excel spreadsheet to a far more usable/malleable CSV file. Particularly useful for folks with Macs, since Numbers, Libre Office, and Open Office don’t handle large files well (Numbers and Open [...]

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Datasette

It’s been long enough and I’m now old enough that I can’t quite remember when I started following Simon Willison’s work. He’s the co-creator of Django and one of those early online programming voices that were invaluable if you were cobbling together how all this stuff worked without direct access to the [...]

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Line On Sierra

When it comes to retro gaming I’m mostly a dillitante, and I’m mostly chasing nostalgia. That probably explains why I’ve only just discovered this fantastic four year old series from a modern game critic (LIne Hollis) playing through the origial Sierra On-Line lineup. I mention this here, on a programming blog, because [...]

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