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  • Checkboxes; hidden input and Laravel request solutions

    Checkboxes are an HTML element that allows you to define a simple on/off piece of information. However, developers often stumble across an issue where if the checkbox is not checked, then no information is sent to the server. When making a POST reque…

  • Spotify and YouTube extensions for CommonMark

    In a recent blog post, I wanted to use the Spotify embed code, so I could easily showcase the music about the bands I was talking about. However, I stumbled across a massive problem. My blog posts are stored as Markdown, more specifically the standar…

  • Movies in April 2022

    Following on from my previous movie summaries, this is my April review. Overall, I watched 28 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 128! Stephen Graham stars as head chef in a busy fine dining restaurant in Boiling Point. The wh…

  • Less Than Jake at the O2 Institute

    On Wednesday I watched ska-punk legends Less Than Jake for the umpteenth time. They've been a band for 30 years now and toured extensively in the UK since then. The last time I saw them was their 2018 co-headling tour with Reel Big Fish. They played…

  • PHP, Carbon and Dates

    It was the end of the month and another date bug raised its head. In my Laravel application, I make use of the dependency Carbon, which adds syntactic sugar to help manage notoriously complex date handling. I needed to find dates up to the end of the…

  • Movies in March 2022

    Following on from my January and February movie summaries, this is my March review. Overall, I watched 32 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 100! I also watched a few short movies.…

  • 94th Academy Awards Nominations

    I've written about the most famous movie awards, the Oscars, a few times on here. It's been twelve years since I last wrote about Academy Awards nominations. Last time my prediction of The Hurt Locker won the coveted best picture award. Here are som…

  • Movies in February 2022

    Following on from my January 2022 summary, this is my February movie review. Overall, I watched 30 new movies this month, taking the total for the year to 68. The Worst Person in the World is the latest movie by Norwegian director Joachim Trier.…

  • Movies in January 2022

    Starting off 2022 with a lot of good movies. Here's a run-down of some of the movies I watched in January. Overall, I watched 38 new movies this month. Crimson Tide On…

  • Using the Netlify CMS locally

    I have recently been building a few websites using Eleventy. This is a static site generator, built using Jamstack methodology. This is a great way to get a simple website built, as it gives you static HTML files which you can serve from anywhere. Th…