Thinking About Using Laravel?

Why you might want to think again...

Posted 5 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Right off the bat - I believe using any framework is better than not using one at all when developing web applications. However, that doesn't mean you can do no wrong if you're not careful. I've worked with (and contributed to) many frameworks and open-source PHP projects over the years. I've given up on the "performance" concern that everyone else seems to be obsessed with. That does not define how "good" a framework is. Of course there can be bottlenecks that can be problematic, but may not necessarily be problematic for the project at... Read More

Why Dart?

What we should be focused on

Posted 5 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I've read a few posts about Google's Dart vs. JavaScript. I know there's a fair amount of debate regarding Dart and it's value for the web. However, after using Dart for a little while here, I have a different perspective. I believe too many people are confused by it and what it could really offer the web. Everyone compares it to JavaScript. This is wrong. It's not "replacing" JavaScript and I honestly don't think Google has any delusions about that. It requires a VM in the browser and there's just no way we'll ever see it put into... Read More

PHP 5 Framework Comparisons: Bootstrap

Taking a look at the bootstrap process

Posted 8 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So when I first picked up the Lithium framework for PHP, there weren't a lot of options out there. I mean Lithium really started jamming on the new features of PHP 5.3+ almost as soon as they were available. I think Symfony2 was quick to come on the scene as well, but now...There's a bunch. I see a lot more buzz around these modern PHP frameworks (as I like to call them, and what I mean by that is any framework using namespaces, new PHP 5.3+ features, maybe it's closures, etc.). So I think it's a good time to start evaluating the... Read More

Building Good Web Applications

It's not what you use, it's how you use it.

Posted 11 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I'm in a writing mood, so this one is a bit lengthy, but I'll try to organize my points. I want to later, one day, revisit this stream of thought and break it down into some good tips for people. I've been talking with a bunch of people recently who all are in the motions of building software. Some already have some software built while others don't have anything yet. However the common thread here is that they need a product up ASAP or they need to implement more features. They need this to attract investors, acquire users, or otherwise... Read More

My First Skill Share Class

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I put a class together and put it up on Skill Share. Overall, it was a fun experience. The site is clean and the form to build your class is also very clean and guided. The only trouble I really had was with uploading videos. About half the time they didn't end up encoding and attaching to the class. Eventually I got everything up though. I used Koding to demonstrate some things while I recorded the lessons which made for an excellent teaching tool. Being able to record my screen and simply switch between two tabs in my web browser... Read More

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