• Episode #68 Run Time 11:58

    Building Energy

    In the previous Laracasts Snippet, we discussed social media and how it tends to have a draining effect on me. Let's continue that conversation today, but more from the point of view of solving the problem. What specifically am I doing to increase my mental/physical energy levels?
  • Episode #67 Run Time 13:24

    The Irony Is That I Will Tweet About This Episode

    I've been noticing lately that I feel mentally drained at the end of most days. But strangely enough, it's not the code I write that causes this. No, instead it's the day-to-day social media interaction that drains me. Why again are we participating in platforms that actively encourage addiction and negativity? And why are we okay with checking our phones a hundred times a day?
  • Episode #66 Run Time 6:29

    The Interview Question I Would Ask

    Developers have come to dread interviews. What sort of silly, gotcha question that has nothing to do with building web apps whatsoever will I have to stress about this time? If I were hiring a new coder, I'd asking them an almost laughably simple question...
  • Episode #65 Run Time 13:15

    You Are Your Code

    In the development world, you'll frequently hear the phrase "you are not your code." At its core, this is very good advice, however, too often it is used as an excuse to publicly belittle your peers.
  • Episode #64 Run Time 7:29

    Your Twitter Bio Says More Than You Think

    I noticed something this morning: the developers I most frequently disagree with on Twitter place code acronyms in their bio. SOLID, DDD, etc. On the flip side, the coders I most respect nearly 100% of the time never do. How come? Let's talk about what this might indicate about the type of developer you are.
  • Episode #63 Run Time 15:49

    Let's Talk About Visual Debt and Typehints

    I recently published a short video on what I refer to as "visual debt." Shortly after, the critical tweets began to roll in. How dare you propose that all of these keywords and types and interfaces add noise, they declared. Well, let's talk about it...
  • Episode #62 Run Time 6:43

    Should This Class Be Responsible For That Thing

    The Single Responsibility is both simple and complex to comprehend at the exact same time. In fact, many people find it to be so vague to the point of being worthless. Let's talk about that in this episode, while reviewing how I personally interpret the advice for my own projects.
  • Episode #61 Run Time 10:32

    The Quest to Upgrade and Update

    Moving to a new server while upgrading to the latest version of a framework is always a scary thing. Even the smallest change can send you down a two hour rabbit hole, as you search for a solution. In this episode, I discuss my basic process, as well as the tools I prefer.
  • Episode #60 Run Time 10:29

    How to Plan a Conference Talk Like Zack Morris

    Today, we're discussing my personal workflow, when planning a new conference talk. Unfortunately, it's never quite as simple as opening your presentation app of choice, and typing away. Any typical conference talk likely took months to prepare.
  • Episode #59 Run Time 10:31

    Stop Shaming Tools

    "Don't use tools," they say. "It won't exist in a few years, but these design patterns will." Of course, the argument is that, if you dedicate any time at all to embracing libraries and frameworks that actually allow you to get the job done, you're somehow, as a result, doing yourself a huge disservice.
  • Episode #58 Run Time 10:29

    The Height of Arrogance and Vanity

    In the last six months, it has been made very clear to me that, for better or worse, we're all parrots. Whether tech, or politics, or religion, or programming, this can't be denied. How do we fix this?
  • Episode #57 Run Time 22:09

    So You're Going to be a Dad?

    Let's take a break from code this week, and talk about the person behind the code. When I found out my wife was pregnant last year, a million different thoughts and concerns went through my head all at once. Having your first child is like nothing you've ever experienced before. If you have one on the way, here's what to expect...from a male's point of view.
  • Episode #56 Run Time 17:53

    What They Say, Versus What They Do

    Over the years, I've come to realize that, what folks advertise and say they do, often bears no resemblance to what they actually do. Consider the broke financial advisor, or the event sourcing evangelist who sticks to basic CRUD and Active Record for their own projects, or the TDD expert who secretly doesn't TDD. The truth is that folks advertise what they're excited by. And, too often, what excites us is what's new and undiscovered.
  • Episode #55 Run Time 7:03

    Unique to the PHP Community

    Over the years, I've been party of many programming communities. And in all that time, I've found one thing that is entirely unique to the PHP world...
  • Episode #54 Run Time 7:17

    Go Go Go

    At all times on social media, we are surrounded by folks at the top of their game. With so much genius and success circling us like hawks, sometimes it can get you down. Even worse, around this time of year, there's so much talk about "crushing it" and "10x'ing" it.
  • Episode #53 Run Time 9:45

    Where The Gold Mine Is

    When it comes to open source code, how exactly should you decide what to build? Will anyone even care or want to use it? Who knows! But, maybe, a secret gold mine will reveal itself, once you ask a simple question.
  • Episode #52 Run Time 16:20

    Laracasts Question Block #3

    It's that time again. I have six new community questions to answer, ranging from the most stressful thing about running Laracasts, to new content in 2017, to a developer's Christmas list.
  • Episode #51 Run Time 18:23

    Marketing Pet Peeves

    I have no clue what I'm talking about, so listen to me discuss my marketing pet peeves.
  • Episode #50 Run Time 18:22

    Simple Laravel Performance Wins You Can Implement Right Now

    In this episode, we're focused entirely on simple performance tips that anyone can implement right now. Every kilobyte counts, so try to implement at least a few of these, if you aren't already!
  • Episode #49 Run Time 21:26

    The Laracasts Refresh Launch Day Podcast

    Today, we're exclusively discussing the new Laracasts refresh. I talk about what I've learned in the 3-month process, interesting techniques - both front-end and back-end - that I leveraged, as well as why I spent more time simplifying, rather than complicating.
  • Episode #48 Run Time 5:36

    Redundant

    In this episode, we'll discuss a basic, but incredibly useful technique that I use to write more expressive code.
  • Episode #47 Run Time 17:39

    Turbolinks, the Laracasts Refresh, and My Annoying Bank

    We're all over the place today. If you're walking the dog or on your way home, tune in as I discuss everything from Turbolinks, to my annoying, broken bank. I also provide a few updates on the Laracasts refresh that I've been working on for the last few months.
  • Episode #46 Run Time 7:10

    Get Carried Away

    My favorite sorts of people are the ones who allow themselves to get carried away over simple things. It's contagious. I dare you to listen to an incredibly passionate fan, of any possible thing, and not be pulled in and inspired by their excitement. Society refers to this as nerd culture, which I find a bit dismissive and critical. If "nerdy" translates to "someone who can't help but get excited," then count me in.
  • Episode #45 Run Time 11:27

    Beware the Mob

    We're all aware of the notorious Twitter mob. Don't you dare go against agreed upon opinions, or you will be sliced to pieces. We've seen the wake of these viral slander campaigns countless times over the years - all the way up to the creator of JavaScript, himself. Why are we okay with this again? And are we creating an environment that encourages any person with differing views to remain silent, out of fear of losing their job?
  • Episode #44 Run Time 6:27

    Energy

    Lately, I've been making more of an effort to focus on my energy levels, and how to maximize them. If your energy levels aren't where they should be, then any desire you might have had to finish up that side project goes out the window. This is paramount to our financial and happiness goals, so why isn't it at the top of our priority list?
  • Episode #43 Run Time 9:31

    Write it Down

    Lately, I've been forcing myself to journal tiny dev realizations I have, as I work on various projects. How often have you hit a roadblock, switched to Stack Overflow, found a fix....only to completely forget it six months later, when you encounter the same problem again?
  • Episode #42 Run Time 7:13

    A Bit Closer Than Yesterday

    When you have a full-time job, it's far too easy to ignore that side project or business that you've had your eye on. Think about it: most projects never come to completion. How come? And, more importantly, what little steps can we take to ensure that we don't fall into that same trap.
  • Episode #41 Run Time 5:23

    False Alarms

    A few nights ago, I was fast asleep when, all of the sudden, the building's fire alarm went off. It definitely woke me up, but I didn't respond in the way you might think. My instinct was to ignore it entirely. How come? And why is this also often true for the tests you write?
  • Episode #40 Run Time 11:38

    As Little As Possible

    Whether in life or software development, I think a good approach is to push for as little as possible. The fewer lines of code you must write, or the fewer items in your bathroom cabinet, the better.
  • Episode #39 Run Time 12:02

    The Beauty of CSS is BS

    A decade ago, I was taught that the beauty of CSS is its ability to completely alter the presentation of a website without touching your HTML. Yeah... "you never have to touch your HTML again." Sounds great, right? Too bad it's BS.
  • Episode #38 Run Time 7:53

    You Are Who You Say You Are

    "Fake it 'til you make it" is a great idea, just as long as you back it up behind the scenes with actual work toward the thing to which you're faking.
  • Episode #37 Run Time 7:24

    Throw it All Out

    Sometimes, the appropriate and responsible thing is to throw it all out and start again. Now, of course, not everyone has this luxury. Business requirements and deadlines often make these sorts of things impossible. However, is this true for your own business, or your own open source projects? Sometimes, that muddy code or CSS you wrote three years ago is begging to be deleted. How much better could you write it, knowing what you know now?
  • Episode #36 Run Time 6:36

    Developer Arrogance

    Recently, I've been updating a book I wrote a number of years ago. Over and over again, I found myself hitting the delete key. References to bad practices and SRP were laced throughout every chapter. How could I have been so arrogant?
  • Episode #35 Run Time 9:02

    Shut Up and do the Work

    Today, we're discussing the importance of building little projects for yourself. Whether it's a podcast, or book, or web app, pick something and force yourself to see it through to completion. Along the way, I'll tell you about my completely rewritten book, and why I'm so excited to share it this time around.
  • Episode #34 Run Time 7:59

    Just a Detail

    Last week, we talked about development trends - and how they sometimes have a tendency to make developers feel as if they're falling behind. "These are the new trends of 2016! Get to the mall, stat!" Today, let's continue the discussion a bit more. Will this new trending architecture bring you closer to launching the project of yours that's been sitting at 90% complete for a year now? Maybe...but maybe not.
  • Episode #33 Run Time 12:58

    Victims of Our Curiosity

    If you think about it, every single year, certain development trends take the community by storm. Whether repositories, or service classes, or the command bus, this is undeniably true. Let's talk about it.
  • Episode #32 Run Time 11:14

    Forever Plans, Vue, and Expansion

    Let's do another Q&A episode today. I'll answer the following community questions. 1. Why won't Laracasts expand to cover more technologies and languages? 2. What are your top three favorite podcasts? 3. Are Forever Plans smart business? 4. What's one piece of advice that you'd offer entrepreneurs starting their first business? 5. Will there be a Laracasts series on what's new in Laravel 5.3? 6. Vue or jQuery?
  • Episode #31 Run Time 9:17

    Two Hours, Two Times

    We have enough data to show that the typical 9-5 work day schedule is entirely arbitrary. The reality is that humans simply aren't good at holding their attention for such long spans of time. So - with a two-week-old baby in my house, I've begun re-thinking my work schedule. Is it possible that we can get the same amount of output from two hours of work, two times a day?
  • Episode #30 Run Time 6:12

    You Will Figure It Out. Every Time.

    If I were to pick my most favorite aspect of programming, it's this: no matter how difficult or confusing a bug/feature/refactor may be, if you stick with it long enough, you will figure it out. Every single time.
  • Episode #29 Run Time 4:56

    30 Days

    I'm a big fan of the tv show, "30 Days." I even apply it, at a lower level, to things in my own life. Whether it's contributing to open source every day for a month, or working out six days a week for a month, I've done a bunch of them.
  • Episode #27 Run Time 6:23

    Choose Your Tribe Wisely

    Whether we like it or not, humans have a tendency to insert themselves into small communities or factions. In the coding world, it's certainly no different. And that's specifically why it's so important that we think long and hard about which tribes we choose for ourselves. That single choice can have huge ramifications, when it comes to how we approach and think about code.
  • Episode #26 Run Time 6:34

    Permission to Forget

    I use task apps religiously for, mostly, two specific reasons: I want permission to forget about it, and I believe the process of checking off items gets you in the habit of being productive for the day. Listen to me ramble, if you'd like to hear more.
  • Episode #25 Run Time 4:35

    Let's Talk About Introversion

    We forget that there was a time when the terms "introvert" and "extrovert" didn't mean anything to the common person. Naturally, the internet has shined a huge spotlight on these personality types, but, yeah, a decade or so ago, things were a bit different. Some of us thought we simply awkward, detached individuals.
  • Episode #24 Run Time 6:44

    About Frameworks Being Dead...

    Every six months or so, it pops up again: "Frameworks are dead." But...is that the case? What does that really mean? Let's chat.
  • Episode #23 Run Time 5:59

    The Alien

    This week's episode takes a detour, as we talk discuss the alien living inside my wife's belly.
  • Episode #22 Run Time 5:37

    It All Goes Back to a Single Assumption...That Could Be Wrong

    The vocal consensus in the PHP community seems to be that, unless a class is perfectly unit-testable in isolation, it's inherently poor code - and in need of refactoring. But are we sure this is true? Let's talk about it.
  • Episode #21 Run Time 15:16

    8 Marketing Tips for Developers That Cost Nothing

    If you're a developer launching your first product, it sometimes easy to forget that it's now exclusively your job to tell the world. Luckily, you don't have to reach into your pocket and spend thousands of dollars to get the word out; there are free - and more effective - alternatives.
  • Episode #20 Run Time 4:52

    You Have To Be Meticulous

    In the early days of my coding career, I had a tendency to spike things out. Go fast, toy around, get it to work, and then hit deploy...all while quietly saying to myself, "I'll go back and clean this up later." But I rarely actually did...
  • Episode #19 Run Time 6:10

    Does Your Class Name Really Need That Suffix?

    What do "PostRepository", "TooManyMembersException" and "StaticallyTriggeredHydratorFactoryInterface" all have in common? The suffix! Are you sure that you really need to tack on the name of the pattern to each class?
  • Episode #18 Run Time 6:01

    The Unfortunate Reality of Continuous Learning

    Here's the thing about code-focused workshops, magazines and commercial blogs: they may not always have your best interests at heart. Let me explain...
  • Episode #17 Run Time 5:12

    Pass the Salt, Please

    The topic of discussion for this episode is a pet peeve of mine: treating developers like children. "Bobby, you're likely to cut yourself, so, no, you may not use sharp knives." Is that really the type of community we wish to foster? I hope not.
  • Episode #16 Run Time 22:08

    The Q&A Episode

    I keep a list of frequently asked questions, related to Laracasts and being a programmer in general. In this episode, we'll breeze through a long list; everything from Jim Henson, to DHH, to facades!
  • Episode #15 Run Time 16:38

    10 Business Tips When Launching Your First App

    So you're a developer planning to launch your first SaaS or subscription site? The business side of things get really complicated... really fast, right? In this episode, I rattle off ten tips and notes to be aware of, as you prepare for launch.
  • Episode #14 Run Time 7:01

    Russian-Doll Caching in Laravel

    One of the things I've been tinkering with these last few days is a mechanism for performing Russian-Doll caching in Laravel. In addition to determining if I can even make it work, I've been pondering whether this truly has a place in your future projects, or if there simply isn't enough value to warrant its usage. Who knows - let's talk about it.
  • Episode #13 Run Time 6:07

    Should College Be Mandatory?

    An interesting question popped up recently. Should college be mandatory for your children? We all bring our own pasts and experiences to the table, when a question like that pops up. Here's what I think...
  • Episode #12 Run Time 9:20

    Unlearning Programming — Currently Playing

    Remember, back in high school, when your English teacher prescribed countless rules and techniques for writing well? Remember how we all quietly applied these rules? Why not? Who are we to disagree at that age? However, fast forward a half-decade or so, and you start to realize that so many of these "rules" are simply...gibberish. Does that remind you of any other industry?
  • Episode #11 Run Time 7:45

    Prepare for Terrible People

    Even a site as innocent and helpful as Laracasts has had its fair share of malicious users. It's a simple fact of the business. Are you lucky enough to have built a relatively popular product? Excellent! Now, get ready for the attacks.
  • Episode #10 Run Time 6:46

    The 100% Goal is Wrong

    Particularly when building open source tools, I think it's important to remember that the 100% goal is wrong. Or, in other words, when you repeatedly make compromises to make everyone happy, it might just turn out that you've made no one happy.
  • Episode #9 Run Time 8:34

    Prioritize, Incentivize, Optimize

    Rather than big New Year's Resolutions, I prefer to make three simple lists. Prioritize the things you love to do, incentivize the things you need to do, and optimize the things you hate to do. It's cheesy as hell, but stay with me...
  • Episode #8 Run Time 8:57

    Taking it Too Far is a Rite of Passage

    There's no two ways about it: taking things too far is simply a rite of passage. Whether it's developers over-evangelizing microservices and command-oriented architecture, or guitar players forcing newly learned modes into their solos, we all take it too far...before finally pulling back.
  • Episode #7 Run Time 5:23

    Blame Amy Schumer

    So my wife and I recently took a trip into Nashville to see Amy Schumer perform. And wouldn't you know it: the moment we arrived, Bugsnag began sending me error reports. No laptop, and two hours from home. ...Crap.
  • Episode #6 Run Time 12:58

    90% of Devs Don't Test Their Code. Why?

    90% of developers don't test their code. Made up percentages aside, I think you'll find that this is fairly accurate, when you gather the entire development community. How come? With so much evangelism across the board, what's the reason behind this hesitation?
  • Episode #5 Run Time 8:11

    Mint-Chocolate Burnout

    If we're being frank, in the last month, I've felt somewhat burned out. As developers, it happens to us all at some point or another. Let's talk about that for a bit.
  • Episode #4 Run Time 8:26

    Technical Debt vs. Mental Debt

    The concept of mental debt is something that developers never talk about. We're obsessed with pointing out technical debt, but isn't there value in worrying about our limited mental energy? There's only so much complexity we can take in.
  • Episode #3 Run Time 9:44

    Go Out On Your Own

    Making the transition from employee to business owner is, to be frank, scary as hell. If you're not careful, you'll freeze. The "what ifs" will quickly assume command, and you'll once again fall back to the safe path. But, if you can fight it, there just might be something better on the other side.
  • Episode #2 Run Time 4:29

    In Over My Head

    I'd love to tell you about the most dangerous app I've ever built. To say I was in over my head...is the understatement of the century.
  • Episode #1 Run Time 5:01

    Nobody Knows What the Hell They're Doing

    After over a decade of working in this industry, I've come to one undeniable truth: nobody knows what the hell they're doing. Let me explain...