Best Laravel/PHP Development Tools for Windows
· ☕ 4 min read
Laravel is my development platform of choice lately. And, this brought in a host of interesting tools to my PC. Earlier days were simple enough - just use XAMPP to host the site locally and be done with it. Yes, there were other tools but none had the same charm. XAMPP was simple and got out of the way of the development lifecycle.

Command Line Tools for Windows
· ☕ 3 min read
The humble ‘cmd’ in Windows is good enough, but who ever can be satisfied with stuff that is ‘good enough’? tl;dr: Use cmder I am a Windows guy through and through, but had been an active user of Linux on my main desktop and servers. While servers are largely managed through SSH or even CPANEL today, I switched to Windows only after experiencing multiple issues with boot loaders.

Learning Resources for Laravel
· ☕ 1 min read
I had chosen Laravel as platform to create magic. I came to this decision after painful evaluation of many back-end frameworks to quickly build out applications. Laravel is easy to learn, implement and ship products Many features like auth, ORM are built in and I don’t really need to make my own stupid decisions There is a vast community that seems to know all answers (including the ‘answer to everything’) Of course I don’t know a lot about how to stitch everything together in Laravel, but hopefully my previous PHP experience will help (or not).

Fix Wordpress URL Migration Issues
· ☕ 3 min read
Wordpress is fantastic, except when it isn’t. There are a few scenarios in Wordpress where you would want to migrate from an existing URL (e.g. your localhost,, or https// to a new URL (e.g. You can end up with a confusing setup and a broken site if you don’t go by the book!

Web Development - The Problem of Plenty
· ☕ 3 min read
Web developers today are a spoiled lot. I consider myself as an absolute beginner in the web development world, but I am truly amazed at the things I can do today with free / minimal cost infrastructure. The system automates everything except me - I am that stupid man in the middle.

NPM Install mysql errors in Windows
· ☕ 2 min read
Have you used npm install to get mysql package? npm i --save mysql It is quite common to see the below error on Windows: c:\dev\proj\js\adonis\hwblog2>npm i --save mysql adonis-fullstack-app@4.1.0 c:\dev\proj\js\adonis\hwblog2 `-- sqlstring@2.3.1 extraneous npm ERR! Windows_NT 10.0.17134 npm ERR! argv "C:\\dev\\js\\nodejs\\node.exe" "C:\\Users\\itsme\\AppData\\Roaming\\npm\\node_modules\\npm\\bin\\npm-cli.js" "i" "--save" "mysql" npm ERR! node v10.11.0 npm ERR!

Semicolon is Safer
· ☕ 3 min read
Javascript has and always have people who fight about anything and everything. I am always on the one side or the other, trying to raise the pitch whenever I can. After all, what is life if there is no stupidity? We should get annoyed, irritated, angered and humiliated at every instance possible.

Platforms for Creating Courses
· ☕ 7 min read
“Be a teacher to become a better student”, said none. But it is true to a large extent. It certainly helps the guru, if not the student :) While I have created a few short courses in my lifetime, there was nothing substantial. I had been trying to investigate available options for an immediate requirement and my deep PhD level research is outlined below.

Collaboration Tools for Developers
· ☕ 2 min read
There are two primary things of interest from a communication perspective - One to one/many collaboration with team One to many collaboration with the world The tools outlined here are great from both perspectives, but choose your poison carefully. 1. Team I am sure you have a bunch of tools from your organization - but let’s be honest.

Copy/paste Datatable Issues in Hugo
· ☕ 3 min read
It is interesting how the minor things eat away a lot of your time. Especially if you happen to be like me, one of the greater idiots on a planet full of idiots. One of the days, I had to create website really fast to demonstrate to a potential customer. I abandoned my dear old friend Jekyll since - well, I had to create something in Hugo.

3 Great Programs to Access your Databases
· ☕ 2 min read
I worked with Oracle DB for a long time. Later I switched to MySQL, MariaDB, and a tiny bit of MongoDB. All the SQL databases I worked did not quite boast about exciting developer experiences. Oracle had SQLPlus, which was foresaken by everyone but a few diehards. Fortunately, we also had SQLDeveloper or Toad (to those who could afford that).

Backup - Your Life Depends on It
· ☕ 2 min read
Backing up has been historically a pain. Most of the times I lacked the resources - either I don’t have the hardware or could not quite setup everything seamlessly. Previous Setup Create Synchronicity Light-weight, backup and synchronise. I include any folder that needs to be backed up to CS.

Create Beautiful, Performant Sites [Free eBook]
· ☕ 1 min read
I had been exploring Jekyll for quite sometime. I simply followed the below traditional, developer like approach - download Ruby download Jekyll play around with platform capabilities - focus on Liquid see how themes are created However, I realised mid-way that select themes offer a good way for anyone to get started.