Laravel: The Ugly Command/Event – Handler System

One distinctive feature Laravel has as part of its optional architecture is the command/event system. Commands are supposed to represent single, discrete pieces of logic that ought to handle a particular job. Events are ways to notify the system that something occurred. Both commands and event employ handlers and commands can implement the SelfHandling interface to combine containing the data of a Command object along with executing the command itself. While the ideas are great, the implementation still is messy and I want to talk about some flaws in the architecture that bluntly stated don’t make a lot of sense to me.

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Homestead: Dealing With Vagrant’s Permission Issues

The other day I ran into a really annoying issue where after re-doing my Vagrant instance, I had some issues with the way my directory was mounted and provided certain permissions. When I would ssh into my box and tried to change permissions, even as root, the permission layout would stay the same. However, I needed to deal with saving files to a certain directory, which was driving me nuts. Here’s how I did a quick solve.

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Laravel 5: .env APP_ENV not Being Read Properly and Quick Fix

So I encountered an issue with Laravel 5 where your APP_ENV in the .env file might not be read. Even if you change it through the Homstead.yaml file, change /etc/php5/fpm/php-fpm.conf, change your .profile file, etc. you still may not see the variable properly reflected when doing something like var_dump($_SERVER) or examining the Application::Environment() function. This post discusses what the issue is and a quick fix for this problem.

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Diablo 3: Justice/Blessed Hammer Seeker of the Light Crusader Build for Patch 2.3

Seeker of Light

Patch 2.3 introduces to us a new Crusader set called the Seeker of the Light. The focus is on Blessed Hammer and Falling Sword. For the most part, it is a pretty decent damaging set with some defensive capabilities built in but utilizes a somewhat awkward skill in Falling Sword as a key feature. This blog discusses the gear, skills and overall play style based on my experience with the PTR.

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Diablo 3: Stampede Bombardment Crusader for Patch 2.3

Stampede Bombardment Crusader

While the Stampede crusader no longer is a high end build, it’s still playable if you want to just try something a little different in patch 2.3. Season 2 introduced the Belt of the Trove to enhance the crusader up. However, the Bombardment build never really became a mainstay since that point in time. Patch 2.3 offers the opportunity to use Bombardment through Kanai’s Cube. This post discusses the basic build and gear used for this build.

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The Voyage of Pluto, New Horizons and A Lifetime Goal

When I was in the 5th grade, I became immensely interested in astronomy. I saw some recorded program on PBS which featured our solar system. The images of all the planets and mysteries of these worlds intrigued me into wanting more knowledge on the subject. I would find books at home that covered the subject and eventually would go outside to view the moon and stars with our binoculars. For Christmas, I would receive a refractor telescope and get some nice viewings, with my favorite site being Saturn and its ring system. Still, there were three missing planets that only the most powerful telescopes and our space programs could witness.

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Diablo 3: And Yet More PTR Testing With Monk, Marauders Demon Hunter and Kanai’s Cube

Once again, I managed to get into the PTR for some testing. I did revisit the Marauders Demon Hunter build once again as well as put more emphasis on a Sunwuko-Innes combo monk. In addition, I’ve been playing around with Kanai’s Cube with regards to another power, the ability to convert rares into legendaries.

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