Joel Clermont

Joel Clermont

Appears in 101 Episodes

Troubleshooting an empty session

Why isn't this working? It can be frustrating when something doesn't work as expected!In this episode, we talk through a recent issue Joel had with sessions and oauth ...

Magic methods are okay in the right context

"Magic" methods and properties show up several places in Laravel, as well as third-party packages. They can make certain things easier and less verbose, but there is a...

Should you let your admin do that?

Admins can do everything in the app, right? Today we discuss a couple reasons why you may want to consider not letting an admin have access to every single feature in ...

Don't get overwhelmed by errors in your application

Have you ever turned on error tracking in a long-lived app and then got overwhelmed by all the errors happening? We talk through some strategies to not get overwhelmed...

Does it matter how your code looks?

We've talked about coding standards before, but this time we approach it from a slightly different angle. Does the way you're code is formatted affect your ability to ...

The life cycle of database hosting

You launched a hobby project and then it starts to get some traction. What next? How do you get a more solid foundation under your app when it comes to database hostin...

Are you really going to need that abstraction?

Interfaces are a great tool for writing maintainable applications, but it is possible to go "too far" with abstraction. Or maybe, it's a bad use of time to write an ab...

Should you change application code to support a test?

When you're writing a test it can be so tempting to just "tweak" some app code to make it easier to write that test, but we discuss why that might not be a good idea. ...

What is the point of design patterns?

Do your eyes glaze over when someone mentions singletons or factories? We'll try to not to be boring as we explain the benefits of design patterns.Sign up for our free...

Move that logic out of your view

Ever feel like your Blade views are getting too logic-heavy? What logic belongs in the view, and what logic would be better somewhere else? We use a recent PR discussi...

Is it worth switching to another tool?

When new tools and packages come out, there is usually some buzz around the launch, and how it solves all the problems of the old tool. Should you switch? How do you k...

How we use seeders in our applications

Seeders seem pretty straightforward. It's a way to generate data. But how should you use them in your app and what different purposes do they serve? We talk through ou...

Don't just get mad at some tech, dig in and learn!

Is there some particular tool or technology that just makes you mad? Maybe it's the way CSS behaves or how some browsers work. Don't just get mad, dig in and learn it ...

Making a case for consistency

We see a lot of different projects, but it's pretty rare to find one that's well-documented and internally consistent. Why does that matter? And how can you make thing...

Different approaches to upgrading to a new major Laravel version

How do you like to upgrade your app when the next new major version of Laravel comes out? Aaron and Joel share two different approaches they've used, and what added be...

Maybe you don't need to write code this time

We're developers, we write code! But sometimes it's worth thinking if we really need to fire up our editor, or if a better solution exists. We talk through some "behin...

Should you manage roles and permissions with a UI?

Just about every application needs the concept of roles and permissions. Often, there's a desire to allow non-developers to manage roles and permissions in the applica...

The changing value of books throughout your career

You might have a book that really shaped how you write code today. Some books make more sense if you read them later in your career. We discuss the changing value of b...

Some reasons to write a down method in your migrations

This is a surprisingly controversial topic. In this episode, we share why we write down migration methods, and it's probably not the reason you're thinking of.No call ...

Managing a micro-manager

It's frustrating to have a client, boss, or even co-worker attempt to micro-manage you. We share some tips on how to make the working relationship better.Need help bui...

A couple handy features in PHPStorm

Developers spend a large part of their day inside an editor. For a full-featured editor like PHPStorm, there may be some useful features you've never noticed. We discu...

Tools should work for you, not boss you around

PHPStan is a great tool, but if you're not careful it might push you to write code in a way you wouldn't normally write it. How can you balance a tool's strengths with...

Harnessing that post-conference excitement

It is so exciting to watch a conference talk announcing some new tool or feature. Now you're back at work and your fingers are itching to type `composer install` - Wha...

How do you tell a teammate they might be wrong?

Programmers have opinions on things. Shocking, I know! How can we tell someone we think there's a better way to do something, without being counterproductive and causi...

Lots of different ways to test record creation

We get a bit nerdy here and dive deep on a few different ways to test record creation.Read more of our thoughts at masteringlaravel.io

How do you avoid distractions?

Do you maintain laser focus when you work, or are you a normal human being? How do you balance use of email and social media for legitimate work reasons without going ...

When should you use final classes or private properties?

The discussion of final classes was a hot topic recently. We had planned on discussing this even before it came up on Twitter, but here is our unsolicited opinion.Is t...

Is it ever ok to delay writing tests?

We always write tests, and can't imagine working without them. But is there ever a time where it might make sense to delay writing some tests until later in the projec...

Interviewing other developers like a human

Some interviewing techniques can be pretty disrespectful of the applicant's time or humanity. On today's episode we talk about some ways of approaching an interview to...

The benefits of working with other developers

Maybe you're a solo dev or working on a small team. What benefits are there in widening your circle of developers? We talk through our own personal experiences in this...

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