Unisys12's Blog

My adventures, trials & tribulations of learning web development as a hobby! I mean... who does that?

Employee Log Project Part I

Phillip Jackson - 2015-02-21 15:31:08
Project Rewrite using Laravel 5 and Host of Others

This is a project that I wrote and deployed, at this time, 2 years ago. The project originally started further back than that, as individual overly complicated PHP files. One performed action to capture mileage data and the other acted as a time-sheet. Both were written during a time when I was just beginning to learn PHP and just horrible. The later, deployed project, was written using Codeigniter v2.3 and works. I still using it to this very day, but as with most projects, it is time for an ov

Correcting Blade Syntax

Phillip Jackson - 2014-09-25 02:14:33
How to change Blades default syntax

What the Hell?

So, for some reason, Taylor thought it would be funny to go and change the default Blade styntax from {{ }} to {!! !!} and I really don't know why. Not funny Taylor!!

Here is what the new syntax looks like:

{!! Form::open() !!}

    {!! Form::label('thing', 'This is a thing!') !!}
    {!! Form::text('thing') !!}

{!! Form::close() !!}

Yeah, that's pretty dumb!

If you followed my last post on [Getting Blade Back Into Laravel](http://blog-unisy

Getting Illuminate\HTML Back into Laravel v5 Beta

Phillip Jackson - 2014-09-25 00:43:58
How to install and integrate Laravels HTML helpers back into Laravel v5 Beta

Seems My Blade is Dull

If you have played with Laravel v5 Beta or plan on taking the plunge in the near future, one thing you might have noticed or will notice, is that some of Blade's helpers are missing. This was a choice author, Taylor Otwell, made and I can sorta understand why. He has made it pretty clear on the Laravel IO Podcast, that he really could care less about the package 'Illuminate/Html'. And if you listen

Windows Cmd Line Tips & Tricks

Phillip Jackson - 2014-07-21 02:45:29
Several cmd line tips and tricks to make your life easier

Getting The Most From Your CMD Line


There are those of us that actually perform web development tasks on a Windows machine. GASP! I know, right! But in all seriousness, it's true. Myself included. I could go through the varies different reasons, but who cares. That's not what this post is about. It's about getting the most out of the Windows command line as possible.

Now if you are a PuTTY user, then you might not get a

MemphisPHP Talk - Intro to PhalconPHP

Phillip Jackson - 2014-06-27 01:24:14
Sharing Slides from Memphis PHP User Group Talk

Me at Memphis PHP

Memphis PHP User Group

Late last week, I was asked to speak at a PHP Users Group in Memphis, TN about PhalconPHP. I was quite nervous, at first, but that soon turned to pure elation. See, I have never attended a User Group meeting, much less spoke at one. Nor did I ever think I would speak at one. But there I was; being offered the opportunity to not only speak at a meeting, but sp

Laravel v4.1 vs Phalcon v1.3.1 Performance Comparison Part III

Phillip Jackson - 2014-05-04 15:57:01
A quick recap of what I have done(HHVM included), what I have learned from this experience and where I am going from here.

A quick recap of what I have done(HHVM included), what I have learned from this experience and where I am going from here.

Project Recap

  • Post I - Show the code for what is compared. Initial results.
  • Post II - Updates with Composer and results of tests.

Over what seems like several months now (in reality it has probably only been a few weeks), I wrote a very simple blog for myself. Originally, I

Laravel v4.1 vs Phalcon v1.3.1 Performance Comparison

Phillip Jackson - 2014-04-15 03:41:32
Part II of a series on comparing the performance of these two frameworks

Part 1 Recap

Previous post can be read here, but to summarize: We ran what is basically the same code through both frameworks, out of the box, which I think is a pretty good representation of how a lot of people deploy their projects. (to be perfectly clear, I didn't say it was right!) Slap some code, do some things and bam! The code I am using is a simple controller method that queries a Mysql database to return all posts from the table, sort those que

Phalcon PHP Performance Tests

Phillip Jackson - 2014-04-07 02:25:52
Very simple, low level performance results comparing Laravel 4.1 to Phalcon 1.3.1

Not going to get into the whole story about this, but I wrote this(this, being the blog that you are ready right now) really really simple CMS for myself to use as a blog. I started out using Phalcon, I think 1.2.7, and got about half of it wrote. Upon getting it to a preliminary working stage, I performed my first 'git push' and quickly ran into some issues with the host I am currently using. That would be a free tier over on Openshift. Not going to get into that, beca

Installing PHPUnit on Windows

Phillip Jackson - 2014-04-02 01:38:42
Easiest way I have found to get start with PHPUnit

Getting Started with Testing

About 2 years ago or so, I said that I needed to learn TDD. That’s Test Driven Development.I won’t go into what it is or what it’s for here. Or even really later. It’s a topic that has been beat into my brain so much, I am sick of thinking about it and just want to get on with it. I know it is something I need to learn and do. But I had such a hella awful time getting it to work, I just gave up. Even had a Twitter buddy give me some advice and I think I f

Dynamic Product Pages with Laravel 4

Phillip Jackson - 2014-03-27 02:14:44
How to create dynamic product pages using Laravel 4


Several months ago I rewrote the website for the company I work for. One of the most painful parts of our old site was the product sections. It was clever, for me at the time, but after a few new products came out I quickly realized the error of my ways. I documented how I went about that… if you haven’t just ate or not afraid of the dark or anything, you can have a look at that process over on my old <a href=”http://unisys12.blogspot.com/2012/10/creating-product-display-page-

First Look at Apigility

Phillip Jackson - 2014-03-26 12:28:13
A quick article that will show you how to get going with Zend Frameworks Apigility

There is plenty of talk about Apigility, so I will not spend a ton of time going over what Apigility is. But for those that have been living under a Developers Rock, it is a project that was started by Zend about a year ago I think. It allows making API’s dead stinking simple. If you don’t know what an API is, then I will refer you to this article over on Wikipedia. Start there, then investigate the aspects that you

So, You Want to Write Your Own Blog?

Phillip Jackson - 2014-03-11 00:10:23
First post with the new blog I wrote for myself

And the Journey Begins

Jan 18, 2014 - That was my last blog post on Blogger. I have been using Blogger since 8/17/12 and over that time, it worked quite well for my needs. But in the last year or so things just were not flowing the way I wanted. The blog creation interface did not give me the control that I wanted. Styling for the site was a nightmare. Not to mention the code that it produced, ev