Musings of a startup founder

Musings of a startup founder


Chris Duell, co-founder @ elev.io

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Musings of a startup founder

Chris Duell, co-founder @ elev.io


Speeding up PHPUnit tests 15 times

Testing is still something I feel I need to almost force myself to do, and what previously made it worse was that my tests took so long to run. While working on elev.io development for to create a better way for you to support your users (seriously, check it out and support what I do), while we only…

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First do it, then do it right, then do it better

I was recently reading a writeup / interview on nettuts about Addy Osmani and there was one particular quote that resonated withy the way I’ve been thinking recently, “first do it, then do it right, then do it better”. I wanted to get my thoughts down, and expand on this particular sentence, breakin…

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Build it, push it

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with trying to come up with some multi million dollar web app idea the world has never seen before. On a daily basis I go through my RSS feeds looking for articles with insights or stories that might provide me with my aha moment. And when I go to sl…

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Keeping revisions of your laravel model data

There’s times where you want to be able to keep a revision history of all the changes that are made to your models, whether it be for accountability reasons or for providing the ability to roll back changes. In our case, it was both, so I decided to make something generic that would let me to pick a…

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Using custom monolog handlers in Laravel

Being able to neatly and efficiently track and view errors in your app is crucial to keeping things flowing nicely for your users. This article takes a look at how you can use Monolog to help you stay in control of your errors. I’m using Laravel 4 for a project, which provides some cool error loggin…

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