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  • 5 Tips to Simplify Laravel Code

    Reading Time: 3 minutes 1. Simplify if/else statements When writing methods or functions that use if/else statements to check for a condition, we can clean up the function or method by using the shorthand version of a simple if/else like so: 2. Use Laravel’s exists() instead of count() to verify a model instance exists. When querying the database and […]

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  • 10 Signs You’re the Asshole – Airport Edition

    Reading Time: 6 minutes We’ve all been there: a long layover at a busy airport, waiting for our flights, trying to find a place to charge our various devices, and trying to get as much rest and relaxation as possible in an otherwise crowded and high stress environment. Even though everyone shares this experience at airports, there always seems […]

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  • Single Responsibility Principle and Laravel

    Reading Time: 9 minutes Developers across the industry are familiar with the Single Responsibility Principle, the idea that our classes, or our functions should have one and only one job to do. This idea helps us better document, understand, write, and update our own code as well as the code of a team member or open source project. The […]

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    Update: Tech Tracking Explained

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Late last year, I wrote a short piece on how tech companies and advertising firms can track your behavior online, and a large section of the post focused on browser cookies. To have a quick recap, simply put, cookies are small bits of information that are generated by websites and stored on your computer in […]

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    One Year Later: COVID-19

    Reading Time: 10 minutes One year ago today, at the Early Childhood Services Center in the Continuing Education building of UNM, most of the staff gathered together in one of our larger conference rooms to discuss our departmental response to the then new public health crisis caused by the Novel Coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2, and the disease it brought on, COVID-19. […]

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  • My Favorite Narrative Podcasts

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Podcasts are one of my most consumed forms of media, followed closely by serialized TV dramas. In 2020, according to my screen-time and time tracker, I spent on average 2 hours per day listening to podcasts. While that may not be very much on a daily level, there are absolutely some days where I binge […]

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  • Single Responsibility Principle and Laravel

    Reading Time: 9 minutes Developers across the industry are familiar with the Single Responsibility Principle, the idea that our classes, or our functions should have one and only one job to do. This idea helps us better document, understand, write, and update our own code as well as the code of a team member or open source project. The […]

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