This is the website of Andy Carter a PHP and jQuery web developer in the Steel City. Working with CakePHP (and a bit of Textpattern and Drupal too).

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Semver is a popular way of versioning applications and software libraries. However, if you use git tag to list out all your tagged versions of a Git repository you’ll probably find the tags returned are not listed in the expected order. That’s because by default Git uses lexicographic order, also known as dictionary or alphabetical order. Therefore, 1.10.0 will come before 1.2.0 when listing the tags in ascending order.

Did you know that if you mistype a Git command you can automatically run the suggested fix? I’ve been using Git for many years now and only just come across this feature today. To enable it you need to assign a value to the config setting help.autocorrect.

TablePlus screenshot
TablePlus screenshot

For the last few months I’ve been using a great app for working with databases called TablePlus. I want to share with you some of the reasons why I like it. Just to be clear, this is a personal piece; I have not been paid to write this and have no affiliation with TablePlus or its developers. I simply love using it and here’s why.

Your first performance budget with Lighthouse

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Ire Aderinokun explains how you can set a performance budget for your website and check that it is conforming to it using Lighthouse. As she points out, Lighthouse can be run from the command line which means we can incorporate the audit into our continuous integration process.

This is a great idea and definitely something I want to develop into my own workflow going forward.

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Essential Visual Studio Code Extensions for PHP Developers

Visual Studio Code is hot stuff right now and is quickly becoming the editor of choice for developers worldwide. It’s available for Macs, Windows and Linux and best of all it’s free. These are what I consider the essential Visual Studio Code extensions for PHP developers to improve your productivity.

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