I recently took on a small site for an amazingly talented motion graphics designer. Mainly because her work is so good that I could put it on a plain HTML page with no CSS and it would still look amazing, but also so I could dip my toes back into frontend development again and attempt … Continue reading Pillage and Plunder: Letting Vimeo Build Your WordPress Posts For You
About a 18 months ago I decided not to be the kind of programmer who sits on his backside all day getting frustrated and angry at code not working properly, and never exercising. I had long ago stopped going for coffee at the gym regularly enough to retain the gym membership that comes with my … Continue reading Musings of a Long Distance Runner: What is Immutable?
Having established how to create mock methods with stubs that run multiple times, I was pretty certain that I had finally slain the unit testing dragon, was king of the PHPUnit castle and a lifetime of finely tested code and buxom wenches awaited me (because buxom wenches go weak at the knees for well tested … Continue reading Rock Out With Your Mock Out: Using the PHPUnit at() Method
After bearing my soul regarding my battles with SSH keys, Bitbucket and GIT, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a comment on the post. My initial pleasure was in realising that someone actually read the thing (presumably to the end in order to reach the comments section), so I was overjoyed when I realised I … Continue reading Solve All Life’s Problems With Automation
Ok so the title is a little dramatic, but I had just run the same provisioning script multiple times only to have it fail when trying to clone a Bitbucket GIT repository. Luckily I resolved everything, which is why I am here chirpily regaling you with my story instead of picking up bits of smashed … Continue reading SSH Keys, Bitbucket and SourceTree on MAC – A Ménage à Trois of Misery
Another day, another PHPUnit revelation. Yesterday some code started returning an internal server error. In true developer fashion, I ran the same process several times and was absolutely staggered to find that the same thing happened every time. No amount of hard refreshing or cache clearing would help. I considered phoning the server hosting company … Continue reading PHPUnit stubs methods that run more than once.
My rule-of-thumb approach to issues in terminal is to kill the process, quit terminal and restart my MAC. If that fails, I call an exorcist and retire to a safe distance and assume the recovery position. Recently I've occasionally been getting the following error when running "vagrant up": vagrant /opt/vagrant/embedded/gems/gems/vagrant-1.9.2/lib/vagrant/util/safe_chdir.rb:25:in `chdir': Too many open files … Continue reading Vagrant Too many open files – getcwd
Another day, another PHP Codesniffer induced solution to some code that worked fine before, but I just couldn't leave it alone once Codesniffer scolded me. This time it was: Detected access of super global var $_POST, probably needs manual inspection No problem. I've used filter_input before, lets do this. First problem, I'm dealing with an … Continue reading Parsing $_POST variables and arrays with filter_input_array, filter input and FILTER_CALLBACK
I don’t know what I am from a development point of view. I started out as a front-end developer, but one that had the design skills akin to Donald Trump’s abilities in the art of tact, wit and diplomacy. I quickly left the design to other people and developed a vast array of IE6 hacks … Continue reading Repairing a Variable VVV Install
In an attempt to shape myself into a poster boy for "Best Practice WordPress Development", I've faithfully installed, Vagrant, I write unit tests and I run Codesniffer on all the new code I write (and am painstakingly refactoring old code at the same time). On a recent job, a quick run of Codesniffer produced (among … Continue reading Testing values filtered with filter_input with PHPUnit