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Laravel 5.5 API Tutorial: Part 3 – Login & JWT

In parts 1 and 2 covering how to get started with a Laravel 5.5 API project, we covered creating a fresh Laravel project and then starting development with a User Registration API.  Up to this point things have been low … Continue reading

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Laravel 5.5 API Tutorial: Part 2 – User Registration

This is Part 2 of multi-part walk-through of a Laravel 5.5. REST API example.  In Part 1 we covered how to install a fresh Laravel 5.5 project and prep it for API development, and in this part we’ll move forward with … Continue reading

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Laravel 5.5 API Tutorial: Part 1 – Intro & Project Setup

After searching for examples on how to setup a Laravel 5.5 API project, particularly one that implements JWT for authentication, I was unfortunately left piecing together various bits and commands from different blog posts and github discussions.  Some of that … Continue reading

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My iPhone 6 Review

I received my iPhone 6 last Friday.  After going through the setup and using it for a few days, I wanted to give my initial impressions, some of which I almost regret to offer. I purchased the standard iPhone 6, … Continue reading

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Heartbleed and Ubuntu 13.04: Upgrade Required

The recent Heartbleed vulnerability sent a scare throughout the tech community.  Fortunately Linux distributions were quick to deploy a patch, allowing companies to quickly follow suit. However, we found ourselves in a bind after realizing 2 of our non-public facing … Continue reading

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Implementing Session Timeout With PHP

PHP aims to make things simple.  So you’d think something like specifying session timeout would also be simple.  Unfortunately it can be a little tricky depending on your circumstances.  For example, if you Google php session timeout, you’ll find no … Continue reading

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PHP Session Files Unexpectedly Deleted

A recent debugging session regarding session timeouts went on far longer than it needed to.   I’m going to share one aspect of it here in hopes that it saves someone (possibly hours of) debugging time.  If you’re running a … Continue reading

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View All MySQL Processes

I was recently debugging a long running database query. In most cases MySQL’s Slow Query Log is a great debugging tool for that. However, in this case I found MySQL’s show processlist to be a better fit. What show processlist … Continue reading

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Honeypot Technique: Fast, Easy Spam Prevention

Spam is one of those things we wish didn’t exist.  It’s annoying and serves no useful purpose.  Mail inboxes filled with junk mail, websites with bogus contact form submissions, and products hit hard by fake sign ups are only a … Continue reading

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Ubuntu Server: changing default shell

I love just about everything about Ubuntu Server, except that it doesn’t issue bash as the default shell for new users. It does for the root user, but not for every other user, which is a bit odd. Not a … Continue reading

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