Why ready made solutions (almost always) suck

Laravel, Tools

There are many pre-built solutions in our software world that promise the end of all troubles — WordPress for content management, Magento/WooCommerce for e-commerce, and so forth. People are looking for “survey plugins”, “ready-made front-ends”, “animation libraries”, and what not all the time. When you first visit these sites, they sound so incredibly amazing that […]

May 23, 2019

From MySQL to MariaDB


I’ve long see-sawed on the question of MariaDB vs. MySQL, but today I think I’ve crossed the border. It came about when reading up a blog post on MySQL that contained an interesting topic — data masking. The important applications are limited access to the database, GDPR compliance, etc. Fun part? It’s not possible to […]

April 25, 2019

Which is the best NoSQL database?

Tools, Uncategorized

No matter how long you’ve been programming, you have been troubled by the question. The world was a calm, pristine place with only relational databases around (sure, there was some din about object databases, but it could never rear its ugly head); all modeling was done in terms of tables, and joins were everybody’s best […]

August 2, 2016