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Getting started with Jigsaw

Get started with this amazing static site generator, based on the Blade templating engine from Laravel.

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How to fix: MySQL not starting on MAMP (Pro)

I recently had to install MAMP Pro, in order to do some separate work from my Laravel Homestead VM. After a weird Mac crash, MAMP would no longer start the MySQL server. This was the data from the logs: To fix this, go to MAMP, File > Edit Template > MySQL > [version] and add the line […]

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A Front-end design workflow (Jul 2016)

It’s been quite a while since I started coding HTML+CSS designs from PSD/Ai/Sketch files. I started using plain CSS files, then Less, started using the awesome CodeKit, then Bash scripts, then Sass, tried Bourbon, tried Neat, learnt Gulp, npm, etc. I wanted to share what works for me today. I mean, CodeKit still works great and I […]

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ComingSoon · a minimal landing page template

Here’s a fresh new template for a minimal landing page for your new website or app for you to download. Replace the rocket emoji with a big H1 text or your website/app logo, put a catchy tagline, place a killer screenshot below and you’re done!

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Spoticalc – Spotify bandwidth usage calculator

Recently, we were wondering with a couple of friends how much data Spotify was sucking out of our cell phone data plans. I knew that with a 3GB/mo plan I could get away with most of my needs, but there was also streaming quality into the mix.

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Contact forms without code

You just designed and implemented a beautiful portfolio. You’re almost about to publish it, but remember you still have to make that static contact form actually send messages to your inbox. You google “contact form PHP”. And you know the rest.

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Sync local and remote WordPress database

This is just a big heads-up to every WordPress developer out there, just to let them know that syncing a development/staging database doesn’t have to be a nightmare. There’s this plugin called WP Sync DB which works like magic. As a reader also suggests, WP Sync DB also has plugins that build upon the main funcionality. For example, […]

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Instadownload: Download photos from Instagram web

Update 2019: This no longer works due to Instagram constantly updating it’s generated HTML. Update 02/08/2016: Updated the code to work with the latest version of Instagram. Remember, only works on photo detail page, like this. Does this look familiar? If you right-click on any Instagram photo from their web app you get this context […]

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Build a simple website with Silex

I love static* websites. They’re usually faster to develop, smaller, require no database or backend and are faster to load. Of course they require more work to maintain and tweak at first, but if you’re a developer, these things should be pretty entertaining or at the very least, straightforward. There are many options out there for building […]

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Faviconit: Generate favicon HTML

Faviconit is a web app that simplifies the tedious work of creating HTML to implement a favicon on your website. You upload an image file of at least 310px and it spits favicons for all devices and resolutions. Check it out: Faviconit

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Learning Git

It’s been a while since I wanted to start using Git. Finally I stood up to the challenge and started versioning small projects. But before that, I had to read a bit about it. I’m leaving here a few links that helped me better understand this tool. I hope they’re useful to you too: Git […]

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Friendly URLs in XAMPP

A very common requirement for today’s apps is having “friendly” or clean URLs. We can achieve that easily in XAMPP, following these steps: First, enable Apache’s mod_rewrite module: Edit httpd.conf file under [xampp-install-directory]/apache/conf. On Windows, that’s typically C:\xampp. Uncomment: #LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so So it stays: LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so Lastly, search for AllowOverride None and replace with AllowOverride All. In order for […]