Angular vs. React vs. Vue: A 2017 comparison

October 23, 2017

Trying to figure out which Javascript framework I should learn. This blog by Jens Neuhaus says Vuejs is the easiest to learn. Also I still don’t understand why these frameworks are better than jQuery but that is for another time. If you are an unexperienced Javascript developer — or if you worked mainly with jQuery in the last decade — you should think about using Vue. The paradigm shift is more pronounced when moving to React. ... Read more

Working Remotely

September 28, 2017

As a developer, I am lucky that I get to work from home as needed. But I have never been 100% remote; Lately, I have been reading a lot about working remotely, remote first companies, Digital Nomad lifestyle etc. This is compilation of various resources that I have found useful so far: The Ultimate Guide to Working Remotely – I haven’t gone through whole guide yet but so far it has been very informative. ... Read more

Upgrading to PHP 7.0 on Ubuntu 14

September 22, 2017

I upgraded PHP to version 7.0 on Ubuntu box. Running php -v on shell would show it as version 7.0. But Apache was still using PHP 5.6. I tried various methods to update settings for Apache but nothing worked until I issued following commands: <br /> sudo a2dismod php5.6<br /> sudo a2enmod php7.0<br /> sudo service apache2 restart<br /> Source: PHP 7.0 (and 5.6) on Ubuntu | LornaJane

Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper

September 20, 2017

Just finished reading Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper (Affiliate Link). The book is about Bitcoin and how it started. I have been hearing about Bitcoins and Cryptocurrencies since 2011. It seemed like it was not real money. It was only recently with surge in Bitcoin value that I got interested in it. I was still skeptical of Bitcoin and the whole idea behind it. But after reading this book, I am coming around. ... Read more

Setting Up Laravel on MacOS

August 19, 2017

After 3 years, I am using Laravel again at work. Laravel has extensive documentation but sometimes it can be a bit verbose. Here are command to get you started as soon as possible. This assumes pretty much fresh install of MacOS. Install Homebrew Check the official site for latest command /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL" Install PHP 7.1 brew install homebrew/php/php7 Install MariaDB brew install mariadb Set MariaDB to start as service at the end of installation. ... Read more

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

August 18, 2017

One of my goal with this new blog is to organize my thoughts and knowledge. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber is a recent book I listened. So I will start with it. My biggest takeaway from this book was that most people start business to create a job for themselves. For example, a person who enjoys baking may start a cake shop. The problem with this approach is that one is working in the business, not on it. ... Read more


August 17, 2017

Without understanding, I had enabled HSTS on with option includeSubDomains. I had a subdomain that was used as “Custom Domain” to SmugMug site. After enabling HSTS, these subdomains started to throw NET::ERR_CERT_COMMON_NAME_INVALID. The fix is of course simple, don’t use includeSubDomains. But that opens up your top level domain to man in middle attacks. For now, I decided to follow the best practices and leave includeSubDomains enabled. And decided to not use custom domain for my SmugMug site. ... Read more


August 16, 2017

Summary I am a Software Engineer with over 10 years of professional experience. I am based in Dallas Texas. I use mostly PHP, Laravel, and Golang Keyword Languages: PHP, Golang, Java, Javascript, SQL, PL/SQL, HTML, CSS, Shell Scripts. Databases: MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server. Frameworks: Laravel, Zend Framework, CodeIgniter, Magento. Version Control: Git, Subversion (SVN), Harvest. System Administration: Unix (AIX), Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu). Servers: Apache, Nginx. Methodologies: Test Driven Development (TDD), Agile/Scrum Development. ... Read more


August 16, 2017

Hi, Thank you for visiting my blog. I mostly blog about programming related topics. I absolutely enjoy photography & videography and sometimes blog about them too. My favorite programming language is PHP. Yes it is not cool but I am really productive in it. I have been playing with Golang, Java, and Javascript. But nothing beats PHP for me. Laravel and Lumen are my new favorite frameworks. I live in Dallas with my wife, our son, and our dog. ... Read more

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