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On slowing down

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post and one of the reasons is that I’m living a bit slower than before. My job as a web development lecturer has become quite hectic over the last few years and I needed to take a break from client work to manage it all.

I remember writing about how life is really moving fast and about things you can do to slow down earlier on this blog. That post is already three years old and man, does time fly.

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Userful tools and workflow tips for building mobile apps in HTML, CSS and Javascript

Recently I released a small app called “Stempeltje” that gives store and restaurant owners an easy way to give their clients a digital loyalty card. That way, customers can save up points and exchange those points for free (you know, buy 10 coffees, get one free). If you have a business in Belgium or Holland and you want to use the app, give it a try, it’s free!

As always, building the app started as just a simple idea but ended up taking up way more time and effort than initially estimated. In this post I’d...

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A Laravel seeder for all Belgian cities + postal codes

Just the other day I needed a quick seeder to populate a table in my Laravel project with Belgian postal codes. A quick search gave me all the data in XLS or XML format that would have been easy to import into MySQL, but I really wanted the data to be seeded through Laravel instead. That way, it’s much easier to push the seeder to git and migrate all tables on a server or other machine in the future.

I thought it could be useful to other developers in Belgium as well, so here you go,...

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Upgrading from CentOS 6 to CentOS7? Here are some gotchas

CentOS 7 is out and if you’re like me, you’ve probably been working on yet another side project you want to bring online. In this short article I’m just writing down some gotchas I ran into when installing and configuring CentOS7 after having working with version 6 for some years.

Installing CentOS 7 via netinstall

I’m a fan of using the netinstall, which downloads the latest version of CentOS for you. All you need to do is download the netinstall ISO, hook it up to your Virtual Box drive and boot into the installer. <...

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What schools should do to improve web development education

What’s the first thing you think about when I tell you I’m a teacher?

Did any of these things just cross your mind: “vacation”, “more vacation”, “big pension” or “20-hour workweek”? I hate to disappoint you, the stereotype doesn’t apply to web development teachers. At least not to the ones who care.

I teach students in college HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, PHP & MySQL, Node.js, Linux, ASP.NET and all things related to those fields. In my opinion, anyone who teaches HTML should also know a lot about SEO...

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