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Avoid painting yourself into a corner

We've all been there: a thorny piece of code works, but it seems like there must be a better way to simplify it or make it more readable. We share one example when thi...

Look before you leap

Hear about some cool new tool or coding technique on Twitter? Great, jump right in and use it on your biggest production app! Or . . . maybe don't. We share some thoug...

Don't plan to do too much

Do you always finish everything you plan on doing? Probably not, very few developers do. The problem isn't always how you work. Some of it is how you plan. We discuss ...

Isolate the problem

What do you do when you're stuck? Aaron shares a tip on how he breaks down a problem when he's feeling stuck.

What should I test?

We all know we should write tests, but what should we test? Is there anything it doesn't make sense to test? We talk through a high-level approach to how we do feature...

Picking a strategy for translation in Laravel

There are different ways to structure your translation assets in Laravel. We discuss how we approached this on a recent project, and why we chose the method we did.

Should a factory follow all business rules?

Factories are really useful in tests, but could they give you a false sense of security if they don't generate models exactly like a user of your application would? We...

Understanding different learning styles

What a surprise, Joel and Aaron have a different learning style. We talk through our different approaches to learning, and what we've found useful.

Sometimes it's good to be boring

Do you like to fiddle with settings? Joel doesn't. Find out why, and hear about one example where we like deviating from the defaults.

What was this developer thinking??

Maybe you've inherited a project and just looking at how the code is organized makes your head hurt. Before you go ripping it apart and "making it better", it can be u...

Should you fix all bugs in a legacy project?

You've inherited a legacy app. It's "running fine" in production, but when you add an error reporting tool, you see hundreds of errors, warnings, and notices logged ea...

Learning from other communities

Can a Laravel developer learn something from the Rails or Erlang communities? We share some perspective on how to broaden your horizons, and when might be a good time ...

Uh-oh, that proof of concept is going into production. Now what?

Many of us have built something we thought was "throw-away" code, only to have someone decide it's good enough to ship to production. How can you prepare for this, and...

The benefits of sharing what you learn

If you are listening to this, you probably enjoy hearing other people share what they've learned. In this episode, we turn the tables and explain why you should consid...

How to deal with interruptions

How can you handle an interruption to your work, especially if it is an urgent request for help? We discuss how to do this without derailing your planned work for the ...

Should I write this weird code or is there a Laravel feature I can use instead?

We walk through a recent experience where Joel was about to "burn down the world," as Aaron calls it. Instead, after doing a little exploration of the Laravel framewor...

Take time to look back and review

It feels good to finish a project, but before you move on, there are benefits to pausing and reflecting on what went well and what could have been better.

The benefits of testing, even under a deadline

We have to ship this feature in 2 weeks! Do we have time to test? In this episode we talk through this scenario and share some benefits of testing even under the press...

When to calculate a value versus when to store it in the database

For some values, it can be tricky to know whether it's better to calculate it on the fly or when to calculate it once and store in the database. We talk through a rece...

Should I use an event/listener or a model observer?

We share a few rules that help guide us to determine when to manually fire an event versus when to wire up a model observer.

How we wrap up a project

Wrapping up our series on how we work, we talk through the end of a project and how to make sure there are no surprises.

Don't be afraid to change your mind

You learned a best practice, and it served you well. Is it set in stone? Or should you be open to re-evaluate later?

The proper way to argue

We've all had disagreements about how to write or organize code, or how a feature should work. We share some tips on how to discuss it productively.

What makes a good staging environment?

Setting up a useful staging environment involves a number of choices. We discuss our preferred strategies and talk about why having a staging environment is a good thing.

Your project is not special

This isn't meant to be an insult. It's actually a good thing that your project isn't completely unique, and you can benefit from what other people have already learned.

Planning out a week of work

Continuing our series on "how we work", today we finally get to the dev work. How we organize it, plan it, and communicate with the project stakeholders.

A few things to watch for with Laravel policies

Aaron shares a few things that he's bumped into with policies in his apps, and we talk through some possible solutions or processes to help avoid them.

Onboarding a new project

When you inherit a project, how do you draw a balance before making everything nice to work with and delivering value to the stakeholders?

Paying down technical debt

Is all technical debt bad? Can it serve a valuable purpose? We share our opinions along with some tips on how to be strategic when paying down technical debt in your p...

Knowing when and how to try something new

You just attended a conference or finished a book/course and you're all excited to try out some new "best practice". We discuss how to balance this enthusiasm with the...

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