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Working Effectively with Docker Images

Docker Images

Docker is a wonderful tool for many things. A few of them are; As a version control system for your entire app’s operating system by storing each configuration as a central build. To distribute/collaborate our app’s operating system with our team. To run your code on your laptop in the same environment as you have on your server. We are going to explore Docker images. Why we should use them, and how to go about…

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How to Add Google’s Two Factor Authentication to Laravel

Two factor authentication (2FA) strengthens access security by requiring two methods (also referred to as factors) to verify your identity. Two factor authentication protects against phishing, social engineering and password brute force attacks and secures your logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials. In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to add two factor authentication to our Laravel application. We’ll be using Google Authenticator and implementing the Time-based One-time Password (TOTP) algorithm…

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Using Laravel Mix with Webpack for All Your Assets

Laravel Mix provides a fluent API for defining Webpack build steps for your application using several common CSS and JavaScript pre-processors. The lovely creators of Laravel Mix, put in the common webpack configurations and you can add more custom configurations if you wish. This is especially wonderful for people that want to use webpack, but feel like configuring webpack is too difficult. Or maybe they wanted to use ES2016 but saw some complicated article about…

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The stages of learning, and their problems

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I strongly believe in my ability to learn, and that is my greatest asset. The times we live in mean that most of what we know now will soon be useless, and only those that can learn new things will remain useful. The times we live in mean that most of what we know now will soon be useless, and only those that can learn new things will remain useful. Most of the techniques I…

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Why people turn to alcohol when in pain

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So, yesterday, I was sad. Very sad. I lost something I loved, and even if it made sense, it still hurt. However, in that moment, I realised something. I found myself desperately looking for a way to occupy my time not to think of it, and while I did not choose alcohol, it made me come up with another of my many theories (I’ll write about more of them going forward). Lifecycle of pain Emotional…

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Easy and powerful reverse proxy and load balancing with Docker

nginx reverse proxy

I build a lot of websites, and I run them in Docker containers. What happens is, I end up with URLs like this 0.0.0.0:1234. This is a problem because, They are difficult to remember Do not allow sub-domains. Bad for password managers My initial solution was to add a reverse proxy with Nginx so I have virtual hosts that point to my containers. However, this means I was writing the same Nginx configuration, over and over…

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How to create an autocomplete input with plain Javascript

Now, most people who have built websites have included forms. Regular text elements, number, select (dropdown), checkboxes and radio buttons. The problem A situation I’ve often encountered is where we need the user to choose from a very long list of options. The easiest thing to do is to put all the options into a select element. However, this is impractical because… It can make for a very terrible user experience If all the options…

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How to build a multi tenant site with Laravel ― Scotch

laravel multi-tenant site

Laravel is a wonderful framework, however the default settings make it difficult to use for more than one domain at the same time. A multi tenant site is one that uses the same codebase to serve data to multiple clients. A very popular example of this is slack. A multi tenant site will usually require that each tenant accesses the site from a unique url, and this causes problems because laravel by default, does not…

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Moving a WordPress site into a Docker Container

docker-wordpress

WordPress is a very popular and flexible Content Management System (CMS). If you build websites, you are likely to have worked with (or had someone ask you to) WordPress. There are several tutorials about how to set up a new WordPress site with docker. Here is a very good one. However, no one really says how to move an existing WordPress site into a docker container. I have several servers on Digital Ocean, Linode and Vultr,…

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