Software Development

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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 which, unlike the previous update, is more evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Several of the tools received […]

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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. Please […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 use the RunCloud control panel to deploy a PHP application with a MySQL database on a cloud server from UpCloud.

My friends at UpCloud have also provided a promo-code to get ample free credit to try out their service. Check out the tutorial for the details.

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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 […]

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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.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to install a LAMP stack – that’s Apache, MariaDB (in place of MySQL) and PHP – on Ubuntu Server using the latest available releases, and how to keep it up-to-date.

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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 SEO Redirect an old domain to a new domain, maintaining links and search engine reputation Redirect […]

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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, […]

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