Creating Fake / Test data in PHP

August 18, 2014

Yesterday I was looking around for a way to easily populate a database to test out some of my code. Instead of sitting there for hours punching out tons of random stuff, I decided that there had to be a better way. That's when I ran across Faker.Faker (on Github) is a PHP library the aims to make creating fake data fro testing purposes super, super easy.The easiest way to install faker is via comp...

How to make your own web browser in Python.

July 16, 2014

Its late, and I can't fall asleep, so I'm coding!The other day I started playing around with python some more and took a look at gtk and webkit. GTK is a gui thing (Idk what else to call it) for Python, like Swing is to Java. It comes installed on most linux systems and is pretty nice. Webkit is a nice little library for interfacing wiht websitesWhat so these two things combined create? A browser!...

Evolve OS Alpha 1 first impressions

July 10, 2014

A beautiful thing about the world of Linux is that the possibilities are endless. Unlike Windows and OSX where you have to wait years for a new desktop environment, Linux gives developers the ability to create their own! That is exactly what Ikey Doherty has done with Evolve OS.Evolve OS is an all new flavor of Linux that comes with a brand new desktop environment (Budgie). The OS is super lightwe...

PHP Database wrapper: Medoo

June 10, 2014

NOTE: I no longer use Medoo, or PHP for this site So the other day (When I was completely rewriting this site), I was looking for a better way to deal with my databases. Particularly, a more secure and easy way to retrieve data from my databases. During my scouring of the Internet, I came across Medoo. Medoo is a simple php database framework that makes is really easy to run queries. It has a d...

Installing Composer and Laravel on a Dreamhost Shared Server

June 8, 2014

The other day I decided I was going to start to learn a PHP Framework. There are tons out there, but I decided I'd like to learn Laravel. By far, the hardest part of getting everything installed and configured, was getting composer installed on my Dreamhost shared server, so I thought I'd show my solution (to help you, and me when I need to do this again :P)First off, you need to make sure that yo...

Cool technology tools

May 19, 2014

As many of you know, I recently started a job at Bulu Box. I am a Web Development intern and will spend most of my time managing and updating the Magento based store that is the backbone of the site. And in joining the Bulu Crew, I have been exposed to many new tools and technologies that I had never heard of. Here's a rundown of some of my favoritesMagentoEven if you don't already know what Magen...

Dogecoin: The community that gives back

March 7, 2014

For my last post about dogecoin for the week, I thought I would begin to highlight all of the amazing opportunities that are being presented for Dogecoin. Like I mentioned in my previous post about the Dogecoin Markets, the currency is beginning to become more than an investment. A huge problem, that eventually drives the prices of other altcoins down, is investors treating them like investments a...

The Dogecoin Markets

March 5, 2014

Now that I've gone over most of the basics of what dogecoin is and what you can do with it, I'm going to go more into the details about markets Right now, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges that trades Dogecoin is Cryptsy. Cryptsy is a trading platform that allows users to trade cryptocurrencies in real time. Like most altcoins (forks of Bitcoin) Dogecoin can be bought and sold with ...

Why do Cryptocurrencies have value?

March 4, 2014

Why do cryptocurrencies (0's and 1's in my computer) have any value, and why would people actually pay money for them? Theres a short answer and a long answer. I'll go over both of themSHORT ANSWER:Because people are willing to trade real-world goods for it.LONG ANSWER:To answer this question we first have to ask why any currencies have value (sorry if this gets philosophical). Because they're act...

The Dogecoin Network

March 3, 2014

THE DOGECOIN NETWORK: HOW EXACTLY DOES ALL OF THIS WORK?How is the Dogecoin network set up? How are transactions anonymous? How can you be sure it is completely secure? These are all questions that I have seen posed countless times about Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies. So here's my attempt to explain this phenomenon of the Internet.DECENTRALIZATIONThe first thing you must understand about the...