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Introducing Ray: a debugging tool for pragmatic developers

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 16 minute read

I'm proud to announce the immediate release of Ray, a desktop app that vastly improves your debugging experience. Ray is a dedicated window to send dumped values to. It has a lot of features that help you find and fix bugs faster.


Ray is available for macOS, Windows and Linux.

In this blog post, I'd like to share why and how we've built Ray. If you just want to know what Ray is, head to the Ray homepage.

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Announcing our secret project

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 1 minute read

These past few months, my team and I have worked on something that we think will be very usefull for PHP and Laravel devs.

At 14:30 CEST you can see me release it live in this stream on YouTube.

I've already shown our project to a couple of friends. This is what they said:

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Writable getters in JavaScript

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A pattern that has come up a few times Vera's my code is the following: an object has a property which defaults to an expression based on its other properties unless it’s explicitly set, in which case it functions like a normal property. Essentially, the expression functions as a default value.


A recap of 2020

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 35 minute read

What a year this has been. I guess that in January, nobody suspected that we'd got ourselves a worldwide pandemic on our hands.

For many people, 2020 has been a pretty rough year. While the pandemic also impacted me, I think that the problems I have only exist in my head. Nobody around me had health or financial troubles, and I also don't have any complaints on those fronts. That makes me a very lucky man.

In this blog post, I'd like to reflect on the things I did in 2020.

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Moving PHP and Laravel tests from Travis CI to GitHub Actions

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

Earlier this year, Travis CI announced a new pricing model that effectively ends the generous open-source offering they had for many years. It seems that, even though there were some plans to provide free resources for OSS projects in the future, all activity for OSS projects has stopped.

At our company, we create a lot of open-source projects and packages. Beginning 2020, we already moved most of our stuff to GitHub actions.

Sure, you can read the GitHub actions docs to start learning the possibilities, but in my experience, it might be better to see some examples of practical uses cases. Here are some interesting links that might help you get started with GitHub actions.

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