After a few days of use, I would definitely recommend them to anyone. They are cheap and easy to install. They can be powered from a usb port on the back of your monitor and cut to fit any size monitor. Currently they are on sale if you use the promo code GT8OMP06 at checkout.Follow @Tim_Leland
Performance and reliability are two key factors that contribute to a user being happy when using a website/app. They tend to not be forgiving when a website fails to load especially when it comes to browser extensions. If it doesn’t work the first time, they often uninstall. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
To get a better idea of how my server for Weather was handling request, I needed a way to get some insights into nginx. I wanted to calculate request per second and routes being accessed. I came across a great tool call ngxtop, a real-time metrics for nginx server. After a few commands ngxtop was up and running on my Digital Ocean Forge server. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
Over the past few months my Weather Extension has grown to over 118,000+ users and averages 14 req/sec. Weather uses Laravel primarily as an api and VueJs to render the html. Speed is very important. Currently Weather is hosted on a $40 a month Digital Ocean server. Since Weather is free, I’ve tried my best to keep cost low. Here are a few changes I’ve made to improve the performance of my Laravel app. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
So you’re a Laravel developer and of course you are using Forge to manage your servers. You enjoy how simple Forge makes it to deploy your applications but you may notice a few seconds of downtime when your app is updating packages etc. To solve this you could use Envoyer, from Taylor Otwell or hack together you own solution. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
If you are a web developer you probably have heard of Flexbox. Flexbox is becoming the new way to layout web pages and solves some of the issues when using floats. When considering using new features, you should always check browser support. Luckily today most browsers support flexbox.
If you are interested in learning more about flexbox, Wes Bos has a great video series on it. He also recently release a free Javacript30 course which covers a lot of flexbox. He does a great job making things simple and using real world examples. Check out the video below. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
A challenge that a lot of bloggers face is choosing images for their post especially if their theme uses a feature image. Sal Ferrarello recommends new bloggers to not use featured images because choosing them often prevent people from publishing. Choosing or taking the perfect photo can be a challenge. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland