Saving ZohoCRM reports to Google Drive – a roundabout journey

I wanted to write about an integration I created for a client recently, as a form of documentation to myself on how it works, should I ever need to repair or update it. I also thought it was interesting to build since a couple of different APIs and services are involved along the way. The …

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Laravel Forge for creating and managing your PHP servers

I’ve tried a few different services to manage servers in the past, such as Command.io and I’ve settled on Laravel’s Forge for its ease of use, low cost and quick responses to any Support tickets, when building or maintaining servers for clients or side projects. Forge can be used to create a server, designed for …

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Update Google Spreadsheets with 3rd party APIs

I’ve been using Google Docs and Spreadsheets more and more over the past number of months and I wanted to see if I could easily add or update information in a Google Spreadsheet, using Google’s Spreadsheet API and also some 3rd party APIs. I found a handy PHP library which does most of the work on …

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How to send and receive emails with Mandrill

https://mandrill.com/ is an email delivery system which is ideal for use in web applications to send and receive emails. Mandrill is developed by Mailchimp, the company behind the very successful email marketing software at http://mailchimp.com/ In the past, I wrote a quick guide, with code samples on how to use Mandrill to send email templates designed …

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Start turning email addresses in to useful information – part 1

TL/DR – Take an email address such as joebloggs23423@hotmail.com, and turn it in to useful information such as: Firstname: Joe, Surname: Bloggs, Gender: Male. If you have developed a web application which allows users to sign up using a username or an email address or if you maintain a newsletter subscriber list or if you are …

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Introducing MouseJS for visualising user activity on your website

Mousejs.com is a new site we put together to help some of our clients to gain some insights about user movements on their own website or web application. It works by tracking the precise movements of a user’s mouse cursor while they are navigating a webpage. Once the user has left the page, a screenshot …

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Start testing your API with CodeCeption

This is a brief step by step guide to install CodeCeption on your local machine and to create a basic but useful test for a fictional ‘Categories’ API endpoint. Codeception is a Testing framework that you can use for creating Unit Tests, Acceptance tests and Web Services/API tests too. For more information, http://codeception.com/ The test created below …

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Interesting tech things found this week

Because its Friday, just some interesting things I found during the week that might be worth a look: mySQL Dumper, http://www.mysqldumper.net/ – a PHP and Perl based tool for backing up MySQL databases. You can easily dump your data into a backup file and – if needed – restore it. IMDB (Internet Movie Database) API …

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