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Solid Tools for Developers June 2021 update

It’s been almost 18 months - and a global pandemic - since the last update to Solid Tools for Developers, my suite of free online debugging tools for software developers and system administrators.

Today I’ve released a new update to Solid Tools. Several of the tools received small improvements, as well as some overall tweaks and upgrades to the application as a whole.

This post details all the changes; you can check them out for yourself now at soliddevtools.com.

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Upgrading an application from Bootstrap 4 to 5

Over the past few weeks I’ve migrated my website to a new content management system - ExpressionEngine.

I took the opportunity to upgrade my website’s front-end technologies to their latest releases - Bootstrap 5 and VueJS 3, for example.

This post documents some of the changes I came across migrating Bootstrap 4 to 5.

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Microsoft releases new Edge browser based on Chrome

Announced around a year ago, Microsoft today released their brand-new version of Edge – the default web browser since the Windows 10 release.The new Edge browser is based on Google’s Chromium project. Chromium is the “base” software that Google builds the Chrome browser on.Chrome easily has the biggest market share of all browsers. You can see this in 2019 browser statistics – Stat Counter (63%) and W3 Counter(56%) for example. Microsoft want a piece of that. Satya Nadella identified…

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Announcing the launch of Blue Twilight Cloud

It’s 3 years to the day since I made the first commit to what would become Blue Twilight – my open-source PHP photo gallery.Today I’m delighted to announce the availability of Blue Twilight Cloud.Blue Twilight Cloud allows you to run your own photo gallery as an alternative to sharing your photos on Instagram, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.It is an adapted version of Blue Twilight that has been specially designed to work in the cloud. You don’t need any servers, web hosting or technical…

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Developers – score yourself a .dev domain today

Google is the registry behind the new .dev TLD – the ultimate vanity domain for developers.The .dev extension has historically been used by developers fudging their host files to create realistic-looking development environments. Now, .dev is open in Early Access Preview to allow the world to register their .dev domains.It’s actually been open all week, but the prices were astronomical – starting at $12,000 at the beginning of the week! That price has been dropping as the week has gone on…

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Deploying PHP applications with RunCloud on UpCloud

My first post of 2019 is a tutorial that’s all about the cloud.I’m going to show you how to deploy a PHP application with a MySQL database on a cloud server from UpCloud. I’ll be using the brilliant RunCloud control panel to deploy my PHP photo gallery – Blue Twilight – to an UpCloud server.My friends over at UpCloud have provided an awesome promo-code for free credit to try out their service. Details at the end of the article.Let’s start with a quick introduction of these 2…

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Variable declaration can be inlined – C#

It’s almost two years since I published the post on the Visual Studio IDE information message: “delegate invocation can be simplified.”It is now the second most visited article on my blog!While reviewing some error messages in a new MVC project, I recently learnt something equally as simple and eye-opening. This time, the suggestion is:IDE0018 Variable declaration can be inlinedAs a software developer, you’ll likely recognise the following pattern to declare and initialise a variable:int…

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Install a LAMP stack (Apache, MariaDB, PHP) on Ubuntu Server

Ubuntu Server is a Linux distribution that is ideally suited to server workloads. For example: hosting websites and web applications.One of the annoying things I find about some Linux distributions – Ubuntu included – is that packages are “frozen in time” through the life of a release. For example, Ubuntu 16.04 was released with PHP 7.0. However PHP 7.2 is now the latest release. Vendors typically apply security fixes to their packages, but you’re still missing out on new features.In…

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Redirect all visitors to a primary domain in Apache

There are several scenarios in which you may want to redirect all your website visitors to a single, primary domain in Apache:Redirect the www and non-www (root domain) hostnames of your domain to avoid duplicate content and improve SEORedirect an old domain to a new domain, maintaining links and search engine reputationRedirect secondary domains (e.g. “spelling mistake” domains, or alternative-spelling domains) to your primary domainI have recently implemented the following on my own…

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Why I prefer self-hosted Git repositories to Github, Bitbucket, etc.

It’s the year 2018 and it’s impossible for a software developer to have not heard about (or used) Github, or a variant like Bitbucket. Even self-hosted Git evangelist GitLab is a popular choice.I have held a paid-for Github account for a few years now. Github hosts my open-source PHP photo gallery, Blue Twilight.However, at the start of February 2018, I provisioned a new Cloud VPS to run my website and other apps. I also chose to migrate all my private Git…

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