Q1 2019

Our whole team at work was fortunate enough to attend #BrightonSEO – not a bad event and quite popular. Highlight was a talk on search engines JavaScript rendering budget vs the old crawl budget. Was hoping for a better insight into Googles custom version of chrome it uses to crawl. Emphasis on speed as important as ever. Was good to reinforce my previously held views about how much more expensive it is for search engines to render JS.

Back to my home life – looking forwards to spending more time outdoors now the weather is improving. However, Im enjoying my current position as armchair sports fan. Spent some time on the water this Easter break with my small boat. However due to some poor maintenance my outboard decided to jump ship – literally. Bad way to end an otherwise great extended weekend.

Still plodding away at Laravel , Im onto advanced eloquent and trying to keep the number of DB queries down for an heavy ecommerce website Im writing. Its a clone of an existing site , which has a pretty funky search. So I’m in at the deep end in terms of eloquent relationships.

My main laravel dev environment has switched away from Homestead VM into Valet for Linux – mainly due to performance and laptop battery concerns.

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