I QUIT: WHAT REALLY GOES ON AT APPLE

I’ve just escaped the Apple institution. I’ve sent in my resignation, and fled down its bright white corridors curated by crass colourful pictures of iPhones past. I handed in my security pass and in return I was able to re-claim my creativity, individuality and free thinking from the secure Apple cloak room.  Finally now, for the first time in two years, I feel light, creative and inspired. I am again an individual with my own creative ideas, perceptions, values and beliefs. It may take me a while, but from what I believe – I’m now able to express such beliefs again. I am no longer part of the collective  iCult machine whose dirty, worn-out, greasy and naive internal mechanisms of bullying, harassment and mind-games push out shiny and polished iPhones every year ….”

Read more at:

http://roadlesstravelled.me/2015/04/06/why-steve-jobs-motivated-me-to-quit-apple/

Laravel Excel Package

Laravel Excel brings the power of PHPOffice’s PHPExcel to Laravel 5 with a touch of the Laravel Magic. It includes features like: importing Excel and CSV to collections, exporting models, array’s and views to Excel, importing batches of files and importing a file by a config file.

Sample:

Excel::create('Laravel Excel', function($excel) {

    $excel->sheet('Excel sheet', function($sheet) {

        $sheet->setOrientation('landscape');

    });

})->export('xls');

 

See more at:

https://github.com/Maatwebsite/Laravel-Excel

Documentation:

http://www.maatwebsite.nl/laravel-excel/docs

To install with Composer:

composer require maatwebsite/excel

 

How to pass data to JavaScript with Basset?

This article explains how to pass data from server PHP to JavaScript with Basset – better asset management for Laravel.

Sometimes you will want to pass data from server PHP to JavaScript but without API. It can be to preload data, or to pass some server specific data which shouldn’t be in API’s.

You can use Basset\Javascript class for that. Whatever you set on this class will be available from the browser JavaScript runtime.

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Basset – auto .min swapping

Normally, for production build, Basset runs UglifyJS to minify JavaScript, and you get pretty good results from minifying with UglifyJS.

Sometimes third party code (like in bower_components) comes with .min files, already minified files. They are most often minified with UglifyJS.

But sometimes libraries, like AngularJS, come with files minified with Google’s Closure Compiler, which can sometimes have even smaller files then UglifyJS (if you specifically optimize your code for Closure Compiler).

And if you use many of those libraries, you can cut down on your build sizes a lot.

Basset can use that. Basset has feature “auto .min swapping” which will try to discover those .min files and use their content instead of normal raw source files. Those .min files will still go through UglifyJS, but the benefits of Closure Compiler, or any other different minifier, will remain there.

So you can just use gulp production build with Bower components and never think about it. Basset will do the rest for you.