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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Create a custom Drupal 7 authentication driver/provider in Laravel 4

Note: this is a quick and dirty write-up, I’ll check this article for spelling errors and the like when I have more time.

A project I’m currently working on has some non-standard requirements (which project doesn’t right). A Drupal 7 website exists and we’d like to re-use the existing and future users that will be managed in the Drupal installation. These users should be able to easily login to our Laravel application.

Since you arrived on this blog post, you are probably looking at a...

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