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    Remote Behat Testing with Laravel

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    Read By: Alfred Nutile

    Original Source: https://alfrednutile.info/posts/177

    This document will cover how to use a Behat specific API to setup a site for testing. What this includes is setting up a Scenario so that it has the data you need to run a test. This makes it possible not to rely on Seed data for this. This will allow us to run behat tests from remote machines as well as run tests in parallel.

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    Feature Flags In Laravel

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    Read By: Alfred Nutile

    Original Source: https://alfrednutile.info/posts/175

    We are working on using FeatureFlags or Toggles in our applications. For one we are aiming to do all our work on mainline branch at all times so this would be a key coding discipline to use FeatureFlags so we can hide a feature in progress knowing it will not interfere with the application. For example if a hotfix or another feature is ready to go to production we can push that with no worries of the in progress feature.

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    Git Pull Causes a Merge

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    Read By: Lorna Jane Mitchell

    Original Source: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2015/git-pull-causes-a-merge

    If you type git pull and expect a fast-forward update, but get a merge instead, don't panic! This usually happens when we're collaborating on a branch with other people, and we've made changes on our local version of a branch, and someone else (or the other you, if you use git to sync between multiple dev platforms) has made changes to the remote version of a branch in the meantime. It also happens really frequently in teams where all commits are to the master branch ... yet another reason to have a decent branching strategy.

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    Using Composer Without GitIgnoring Vendor/

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    Read By: Lorna Jane Mitchell

    Original Source: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2014/using-composer-without-gitignoring

    Recent additions to the joind.in API have introduced some new dependencies so we decided we'd start using Composer to manage these - but we don't want to run composer unsupervised. I'm sure this will bring the rain of "just run composer install, it's probably mostly almost safe" criticism, but actually it's quite tricky to run Composer without excluding vendor/ from source control so I thought I'd share how we did it so that anyone who wants to do so can learn from my experience!

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    TDD is dead. Long live testing by David Heinemeier Hansson

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    Read By: Alfred Nutile

    Original Source: http://david.heinemeierhansson.com/2014/tdd-is-dead-long-live-testing.html

    It didn't start out like that. When I first discovered TDD, it was like a courteous invitation to a better world of writing software. A mind hack to get you going with the practice of testing where no testing had happened before. It opened my eyes to the tranquility of a well-tested code base, and the bliss of confidence it grants those making changes to software.

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    Laravel and Angular Widgets e.g. Non SPA (Single Page Application) Pattern

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    Read By: Alfred Nutile

    Original Source: https://alfrednutile.info/posts/160

    BETA: This is a Code Heavy Read :)

    Not all apps need to be an SPA (Single Page Application). Sure they have their place but in most cases the task might benefit from just a Blade template and Angular widget. This saves you from having to write an angular route which can be a tedious duplication of work. Also Blade is fast and fun to work with.

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    Ditching Scrum for Kanban — The best decision we’ve made as a team

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    Original Source: https://medium.com/cto-school/ditching-scrum-for-kanban-the-best-decision-we-ve-made-as-a-team-cd1167014a6f#.8hh5rddu0

    The following is a story about how we matured as an engineering team. We went from an ad-hoc process to Scrum, and used Scrum for a whole year. Scrum leveled us up as a team in terms of structure and process. But it caused major morale issues. Then we found Kanban. We implemented it and have never looked back.

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    Then Benefits of Building a Clickable POC as a Developer

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    Original Source: https://alfrednutile.info/posts/172

    This will cover two things. One, how helpful it can be to make a clickable Proof of Concepts (POC), not just with images, or tools the spit out html but instead just enough javascript and base theme to help "sell" the idea, or more importantly to help Product Owners see the possibilities that are not too far out of reach. And the second, and maybe more important thing I will cover is that the developer has a lot to gain in taking on this seemingly non-coding path.

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