Deploying your Golang App without Docker

How to deploy an app written in Go? That’s one of the questions I had when I first wanted to get something online after playing with Go for a while. Thinking back I think the first project I got online, was probably the redirect checker which is explained in detail here: Tracing or Preventing HTTP Redirects in Golang

When you just want to get stuff running, you probably don’t want to learn a container system, but just get it out there which is exactly what we’re going to have a look at in this post.

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Building a Go(lang) API with echo and MySQL

In this post we’ll have a look at how to build a MySQL backed API with Go and echo. This is part of the series that explains how we did photographerexcuses.com

The site is a Vue.js single page app, that gets its data (the excuses) from the Go API. We are storing the excuses in MySQL, because we can easily edit them at the same time with MySQL workbench or similar tools that don’t require flat files, git or other methods that would be more annoying to deal with.

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Making of: Photographerexcuses.com

This is a short list of posts that describe how we built photographerexcuses.com using Go and Vue.

In the end we just found a bunch of silly excuses like

I don’t use Photoshop, it feels like cheating.

or

I didn’t know she was the bride.

and it took the biggest photo blogs on the net by storm, which was quite a surprise to us.

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Best Cheap VPS Hosting Comparison (2017)

What are the greatest and cheapest VPS servers out there? Here’s a list of providers that offer developer friendly virtual private servers that make it super easy to spin up a new server in minutes.

My most common use cases for me are either starting new projects for pages, webcrawlers or to put client projects in a staging environment for them to preview it. I write my projects with a variety of languages and stacks, most commonly: Node.js, PHP (Laravel and WordPress) or Go, backed by xSQL or MongoDB.

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Best CSS Frameworks of 2017 (+SASS)

In this post I’ll go over CSS frameworks that I consider the best for different purposes. We’ll cover feature rich frameworks like bootstrap, but also look into some of the smaller and more light weight contenders.

What’s the best CSS framework is hard to answer, but what the best framework for you is, is a easier to answer when you know more than one. I work with Frontend or CSS every second day, so I have tried out all of the below.

I’ll compare them by features, which language they’re written in under the hood and how easy it is to just take the parts that you need.

Frameworks in this article:

  • Twitter Bootstrap 4
  • Zurb Foundation 6
  • Bulma
  • Cutestrap
  • MUI CSS
  • Wing CSS
  • Grd

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Impression: Steven Soderbergh

I recently discovered Steven Soderbergh, even though I never realised he was the directory of the Oceans Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen movies.

What he won or was nominated for an academy award for wasn’t either of that, but the below video on YouTube gives an interesting perspective on what he’s trying to do with his work and how he finds different angles on telling a story, which was pretty cool to watch:

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Quick Tip: Keep ‘Find Next Word’ with Vim Mode

A common annoyance when setting up atom on a new machine is that one of my favourite packages, vim-mode-plus keeps overriding a native setting, that I want to use. The nice select the next occurence of this word or variable feature is overridden by vim-mode-plus:scroll-half-screen-down, which honestly isn’t that useful at all.

All you need to do to revert the plugin from occupying a key binding is to open your keymap.cson and to insert the following:

'atom-text-editor.vim-mode-plus:not(.insert-mode)':
    'ctrl-d': 'native!'

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Mental Health Simulation Videos by Katarzyna Napiórkowska

Understanding mental health issues is a struggle for everybody not-affected or not affected in the same way. The super awesome videos by Katarzyna Napiórkowska put you closer to what people experience, because she started a series about different mental health issues.

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Golang: Arrays of Strings

This post is going to be about Golang, arrays and strings. In Go we have more than simple arrays that we know from JavaScript or PHP. They are basically divided into the following:

  • arrays
  • slices
  • maps

This was confusing to me at first, because in basically every language I knew I could change the length of an array by just pushing things to it. Not so; in Go.

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history.pushState and IE SCRIPT5022: SecurityError

I stumbled upon this error in Internet Explorer when I wrote my Redirect Checker and discovered that JavaScript Errors that imply an attempted security violation, that on top of that are not wrapped in a try-catch block, will totally disable your whole script execution.

I had code that looked something like this:

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