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My packages are now Treeware

When Freek published “Our packages are now postcardware” I was intrigued to know what Postcardware was. Postcardware, also called just cardware, is a style of software distribution similar to shareware, distributed by the author on the condition that users send the author a postcard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postcardware We use a number of Spatie packages and so I […]

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Laravel & DataDog Timeseries Metric data using their API via TCP

We recently started to trial some of the DataDog services for a recent project I have been working on. One of the things that jumped out at me was the ability to use one account for many services. Monitoring, uptime, API testing, application profiling, live dashboards…. the list goes on. The setup is simple, you […]

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Favourite Laravel packages I always install

I thought it might be helpful for me to share a handful of packages which I find myself installing whenever I start a new Laravel application. Let me know if there are any missing! Laravel Debug bar barryvdh/laravel-debugbar (Github / Packagist) Probably the first package I install in every Laravel project is the laravel Debug […]

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What’s Next? The Toilet Roll? A Reflection on the Decline of Emirates Airlines.

Guest post by Fiona Mills 6 years ago, we moved to Dubai. It was a pretty impulsive move, that happened within 3 months of first thinking about it. One thing that made it easier to move a long-haul flight away from home was knowing that there was a flight direct from Dubai to Newcastle, our […]

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Refresh Teesside 2019

The begining Many people think Refresh Teesside started in 2012, but our first event was actually on Thursday 2nd April 2009, which I announced on this very blog. It was September 2008 when I built the first Refresh Teesside website and announced our manifesto. The first event was a great success and the attendance surpassed my […]

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