Personal Goals and Gamer Mentality

When I was in high school, my art teacher used to tell me that once you hit 25, it’s all downhill, fat and wrinkles from there. Funnily enough, throughout my teens and early twenties I made a point of remembering this. Keeping this in mind, I have decided to prepare myself for the big milestone 

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On the JetBrains Subscription Reaction

A few days ago, JetBrains announced that they will be moving from perpetual licenses to a subscription based model. An overwhelmingly negative public response followed.  People are going as far to say they are going back to Eclipse, no matter if JetBrains heed the angry masses. Even Eclipse chirped in with a rather unsavory blog 

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On Learning New Things

About a month ago, I attended a UX Conference in Johannesburg.  Garth Braithwaite (@GarthDB) from Adobe, one of the speakers, encouraged the audience to work on side projects to learn new skills and contribute to the open source community. The conference was quite inspiring. Consequently, over the last month or so I’ve been teaching myself a new 

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Tips on Building a RESTful Laravel API Backend

After some two weeks of casual development, I have nearly completed a Laravel 5 backend for a time tracker app (save for some authentication and role based privileges). Laravel is the first open source PHP framework that I have been exposed to, and so far, it rocks! It’s super clean, super minimal, and still quite flexible. 

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Starting out with Laravel

I have decided to start out my learning journey with Laravel 5. Laravel has been getting some serious buzz in the PHP community. Being well versed in PHP, I was curious to see how quickly I’ll be able to get something up and running. So far it’s going alright. I’m feeling somewhat lost at times. Perhaps 

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Hello!

Hi there! My name is Clara. I am a software engineer, avid gamer, occasional artist and everyday wife and mother (to an overweight cat). I love web development, and a large part of this blog will document some of my adventures with new technologies. My main aim is to learn, and to estimate how long 

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