All entries of my technical and business blog

Git Ignore Without the .gitignore File

Jun 7, 2024 git

As a contractor, I go into a lot of projects. Sometimes these are set up perfectly and other times they need a bit of work for me to be effective and efficient. Some clients are willing to accept updates for tooling, others don’t have the time, budget or ability to accept these updates. So, how can I use my tools - which require configuration files - without editing their project? Actually, git has a nice built-in functionality that will work perfect for this - and it’s not the .gitignore file.

Production Merge in GitHub Actions

May 2, 2024 git github

You’re using Pull Requests in GitHub and everything is working great! Nice workflow! But now you have a problem: deploying from develop to main via a … what? A PR? A merge commit if you bring the two branches down to your local machine? What else? What about a GitHub action that you can use to do this? Here’s a simple proof of concept with explanation - you may still need to alter this for your workflow.

Email Catch All Forwarding on Cloudflare Free

May 1, 2024 email misc-web

Sometimes you want to set up a new project with a domain, but you don’t want to set up the whole email infrastructure. You could ignore the email, and hope people can track you down. Or you can add a catch all email at your domain to gather attempts from people to contact you. I opt for the second. Turns out there’s a free and easy way to do it on Cloudflare. Next steps below with screenshots.

Fix for Mysql Docker Not Running Entrypoint

Apr 3, 2024 docker mysql

When using the Docker MySQL Container, you can specify files in the /docker-entrypoint-initdb.d folder to be imported or ran when the container is brought up. These can be in the form of .sql, .sql.gz or .sh - and get ran after the database is up but before its accepting connections.

But what if you can’t seem to get these to run again? The fix is just so annoyingly simple.

States With Abbreviations in PHP

Mar 27, 2024 php

To whom it may concern… and that person probably is me… here is a list of the 50 US states in array form, nice and easy to copy+paste into your PHP code.

Show Alpine Element After Delay

Mar 27, 2024 javascript

Showing and hiding AlpineJS elements on click or other actions are pretty easy. But what if you just wanted to show the element after a little bit of a delay with no user interaction? We can do that easily!

Laravel Password Reset a Little Better

Mar 27, 2024 laravel security ux

There are a number of tools and packages that help you manage your users and their associated password reset flows available. The Laravel docs also describe a way that you can reset your password in your own controller. Depending on the use case of the application, I end up having to use code like this in some applications when other packages won’t work as drop-ins. But, can we make this example a little better, more secure, easier to read or a better UX? I think so. Let’s go.

Elevator Pitch Website

Feb 14, 2024 ideas

Elevator pitches for startups and products are hard. What if there was an online tool where you could go to practice just that?

Web Components as Decorators

Jan 24, 2024 javascript

I love the idea of web components for using more native and vanilla javascript instead of heavy client libraries. But if you’re not already on this train, it can be difficult to get started. But, I think I found a nice way to bridge the gap - using web components as decorators. Let me show you how.