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Sniglet is a Font for Avoiding Font Loading Mistakes

I am not a designer, nor will I ever be. Things look perfectly fine to me a very long time before they look OK to anyone else! Along with that, I don't always find it easy to tell fonts apart. I can do serif-ish and sans-ish but if the fixed-width font has serifs on it I sometimes miss that detail if I'm not looking for it - which also means that I have no idea if I've loaded the fonts I was thinking of or not.

To get around this, I test everything by switching the font to Sniglet from the League of Moveable Type. It's ... umistakable! Continue reading

OpenAPI Description using API key and secret

I've been working on a few OpenAPI descriptions of APIs lately, and really enjoying the benefits they bring. In particular the ability to import into Postman as a collection I think is a "killer feature" for APIs looking to get developers up and running quickly. The catch? I found that an API that needs an API key and secret, or a username and password/token, is supposed to be described with multiple security schemes - but this does not play nicely with tools like Postman. Continue reading

The Laravel Synchronous Queue

Using queues for asynchronous processing is one of my favourite tricks for offloading hard work from web servers. When working with Laravel recently I was pleased to find that it supports beanstalkd out of the box. I've got opinions about frameworks with Opinions but I did find one thing I really liked in the way Laravel uses queues: the sync queue option that runs your queue synchronously on your development platform so you can develop and debug your work, then switch the queue platform you use later. Continue reading

Talks, Articles, Podcasts, and More

Article

API Management Trend Report


DZone, August 2019
Slides

Handling Webhooks with Laravel


Laravel Live, June 2019
Slides

API Tools You May Enjoy


PHP[TEK], May 2019
Slides

A Meritocracy of Pull Requests


PHP Yorkshire, April, 2019