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Smart Construct 2018 - Digital transformation in the construction sector

In November we exhibited at the Smart Construct event arranged by Naomh McElhatton and her team at Smart Global. This event was aimed at businesses and organisations in Northern Ireland involved in the construction and engineering industries,...

Getting Started with Classes in PHP - Bespoke Software - Scaffold

In my previous blog post, we looked at OOP and why you should be using it. If you missed it, you can get caught up by clicking here. Now that you’re up to date we can look at creating our first object. Object-oriented programming lets us...

Trusted partner for Ionic Mobile App Development in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

In 2016 we were delighted to be accepted as a trusted partner for mobile application development using the Ionic framework for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry development. Since then we've produced a wide range of app-based solutions for...

The Power of Laravel's Observer Pattern

Today I want to talk about hooking into Laravel model events, their benefits and potential drawbacks. This, along with some examples on how and when to use them and avoid them. Why use Observers? Keeps the controllers lean Using observers will...

Simple reCAPTCHA with Laravel

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Introduction We've all seen reCAPTCHA at one point or another - that previously hateful box on every contact form or registration page that you'd take half a dozen stabs at before finally getting it right. Thankfully it's been replaced lately...

What is Object Oriented Programming?

Starting out with object orient programming or OOP for short can be a daunting concept. In this post, we will look at OOP in PHP but the concept can be shared across other programming languages such as Java, Python, Ruby, C++ and more. A quick...

Hybrid vs Native

Mobile development debunked, what are the options and how are they different? With the number of mobile phone users in the world expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019 (Source:...

Ionic & The Android Back Button

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What's the problem? Generally speaking, Ionic does a good job of handing navigation. Sadly, one of the things it doesn't do well (in my opinion) is it's handling of the hardware back button on Android. Sure, we can push a handful of views onto...

The Programmer Mindset

Introduction I want to describe what I have learned and hurdles I have faced in cultivating the mindset of a programmer. Doing this is not an easy task by any stretch, but important for progressing down this career path. I have written this...

Dublin Tech Summit 2018 #DTS18

Recently I had the pleasure of a few days out of the office to attend the Dublin Tech Summit. What follows is my attempt to unpack my experience and share some interesting tidbits of information I picked up!   Day one   After...

Var vs Const vs Let

JavaScript first appeared 22 years ago in 1995,  in most of its lifetime there has been only one way to declare a variable using the var keyword.  Some declarations of var can have some unexpected behaviours due to scope. That's why with the...

Laravel Validation with Custom Attribute Names

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For the most part, I don’t have many complaints when it comes to Laravel. That being said, every now and then I find myself trying to accomplish something I’d consider to be relatively simple only to keep hitting brick walls. As handy as it...