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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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  • The Internet is Ruining Apps

    Reading Time: 3 minutes The internet is slowly ruining apps. It’s slowly forcing more and more of our lives into the hands of a small few companies. It’s slowly removing our ability to control our own data. And it looks like it’s here to stay.

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  • Stacks, Queues, and Deques – Data Structures in PHP

    Reading Time: 6 minutes In my first post of this series on Singly Linked Lists, I mentioned that a list with the ability to add, get, or remove data from more than just the end of the list starts to behave more like a Deque. Then, I said I would cover those details in a later post. Well, later is now, and it’s time to talk about specific types of lists as Stacks, Queues, and Deques. Let’s get started.

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  • Doubly Linked Lists – Data Structures in PHP

    Reading Time: 9 minutes Read the previous article on Singly Linked Lists in PHP here! Read the starting post of the series here! All code in this series can be found on Github Doubly Linked List Principles The list consists of nodes, which contain data Each node contains a reference or pointer to the next node, and unlike Singly […]

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  • Singly Linked Lists – Data Structures in PHP

    Reading Time: 5 minutes All code in this series can be found on GitHub Linked Lists are where we start our journey in PHP Data Structures. Simply put, a linked list is data that is sequentially organized in which the start of the list (head) contains a reference to the next item (node) in the list. A one-way link […]

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  • Data Structures in PHP

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Data Structures are a hallmark of every computer science program at the university level, and it is unthinkable that throughout the course of study you will never encounter a specific data structure that you are unfamiliar with. As I return to school to pursue a degree in computer science I decided it would be a […]

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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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  • My Favorite News Podcasts

    Reading Time: 2 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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  • Where the hell are all the web apps?

    Reading Time: 4 minutes Have you ever downloaded an app on your phone or tablet and then tried to access your account from that app on a browser, only to find out that a web-version of the app doesn’t exist? In the age of iOS and Android app development, it can be surprisingly easy to forget that the first […]

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  • Tech Tracking Explained

    Reading Time: 7 minutes If you’ve spent any time online in the past decade, you’ve noticed that elements of the digital and physical world tend to follow you around in ways you might not expect it to. If you have a Facebook account, you may have noticed that after talking with a friend about ordering pizza, you’re seeing ads […]

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