Speed Up Your PHPUnit Tests – Disable Xdebug

I recently noticed that my PHPUnit tests were running kind of slow which prompted me to start looking into how to speed them up. After some digging, I discovered that Xdebug can have a major impact on the speed of your phpunit tests.

But, if you’re like me, you can’t live without a full debugging experience when you are coding, so disabling it permanently isn’t a viable option. Continue reading “Speed Up Your PHPUnit Tests – Disable Xdebug”

Custom Collections – Laravel 5.3

I’ve been working on an application lately that is heavily dependent on data from a 3rd party API. To make matters more complicated the API terms of use don’t allow my app to store any of the data locally for periods longer than 48 hours. Apart from the API data, I also have a MySQL database where I store application data. Getting the data from the API was easy enough even though the SOAP-based API was absolutely awful. Continue reading “Custom Collections – Laravel 5.3”

Listen 360 WordPress Plugin

I have created a plugin for the Listen 360 Platform that displays your reviews on a WordPress site or blog. It has some nice styling and it is really easy to setup. You simply enter your API key and URL that you can find once you sign up with Listen 360, select how many reviews you want to show per page, and select the colors that promoters, passives and detractors show up as and the plugin will take care of the rest.
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