About this

Hello.

This blog began life as a chronicle of my life inside a touring band with a music/business idea. The early days were me writing about letting go of an old dream so that I could have a new one. Then it sort of turned into an autobiography of the last 8 or so years of my life - moving from the music business into the tech business, fatherhood, life and all that.

For the last 8 years I've worked with, thought about, and written about a variety of web technologies - Drupal, Rails, Linux, AWS. My LinkedIn resume is here. I still think and occasionally write about the music business and other personal things but lately I'm using this as a scratch pad to write about my new gig.

So welcome and please have a look around.

- Grubb, November 2016

Recent Posts

Setting up SSL on your Platform.sh site with Cloudflare.

Problemspace

You've got a new site on Platform.sh that is basically at the end of its development stage, and you're preparing to go live. You've decided on Cloudflare to host your DNS. Cloudflare is a good choice for smaller sites, and I recommend it often. Is has a few things going for it -

  • It has a free tier, which gives you pretty much everything you really need for a personal or small business site.
  • it has a very robust and modern global network.

One of the main features that a...

Untitled

I was just remembering this post from back in the early days of this blog. Social media was being used to shine a bright light on oppression and old, repressive regimes were falling.

Fast forward to now, the end of 2016. Social media is being used to organize vastly more repressive regimes, and the ease with which anyone can now spread convincing lies makes it almost impossible to tell what's true anymore.

Traditional journalism has never been more important than it is now.

Speeding up your Platform.sh deploys with Yarn

Problemspace

You have a decent sized project and your deployments are taking a while. Platform.sh rebuilds your entire application from scratch with each git push so in some cases the process of downloading all those 3rd party packages can take quite a while. We can and do manage local caches of some composer packages due to our PHP heritage, which helps to make composer install a pretty snappy affair, but it's simply not possible to effectively do this with Nodejs.

Compounding this...

Easy Markdown with Syntax Highlighting, PHP Edition

Easy Markdown with Syntax Highlighting, PHP Edition

Hi there, and welcome back to this 14th installment of "I rewrote my blog in another framework that I'm interested in learning, this time in Laravel". The trick that we'll be exploring today is that, in contrast to Python (the last version was in Django), PHP's lib story is a bit more sparse for this exact use case. However, I'm completely pleased with the outcome, so let's get busy!

PHP Markdown

Google that term and you'll find this -...

Platform.sh from scratch - Laravel, Redis, and the Platform CLI

Hello, and welcome back to Platform.sh from scratch. In this post we'll be reconfiguring your Laravel app that we've been working on in the previous posts to use Redis as a cache and session store, rather than the default file store. We'll also install the Platform CLI and use it to SSH into our application container and get a feel for the layout of the filesystem after it's deployed to its environment.

But first, I'd like to have a brief chat about Git...


Using the tools the way...