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Rendering Server-side JS on a PHP Server with V8JS


Currently, I’m on a journey to see if I can render some React components server-side on a PHP server. First step, we need to get the V8 engine running within PHP. I got this working on my Mac with MAMP, PHP 7.0.10, and V8JS. With that being said, I suspect this would be easy to reason about to […]

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Using JSDoc in your NPM Module to Automate your Docs


As we’ve been working on more npm packages in recent months, we wanted to make sure we properly documented our codebases. More than the usual code comments. We wanted to create documentation pages so new developers on our team would be able to easily dive in without a million questions. A few days ago, we […]

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Adding a Private NPM Module to Your Project


Recently, we started creating and working with private npm modules at Chiedo Labs. It’s pretty simple but here are the steps. 1. Create an npmjs.org account if you don’t have one If you already have an account, you can skip this step. Otherwise, you can sign up for a free npmjs.org account here. 2. Login […]

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Setting Up Private NPM Modules with Heroku


Recently at Chiedo Labs, we started working with private npm modules. Getting things working with our local development environments was trivial. But getting things working on Heroku was not, so here’s what we learned after a few Google searches. 1. Generating an Authentication Token First, we needed to generate an authentication token that Heroku could […]

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Set CSS Variables to give WordPress clients more flexibility

So recently I’ve been mulling over how to utilize color options I created for a client in the WordPress admin.  We use SASS to compile our theme’s CSS but really wanted to utilize the color options we created with Redux Framework.  Say you wanted a user to be able to define their header background color.  You could […]

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Is A Star Wars Augmented Reality Chat Service Possible?


You know how they do video conferencing in Star Wars, with the Jedi council spread out throughout the galaxy, yet appearing to all be in the same room via the use of holograms? Or how they can call someone on the other end of the cosmos and see them by way of a 3-dimensional projection […]

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Control Your Smart Phone Usage w/ IOS12 and Android P


IOS and Android are rolling out new features and I am so excited! Why? Because with Apple’s Screen Time and Google’s Digital Wellbeing you will be able to manage time spent on your smartphone! And for entrepreneurs and business owners, especially people who like to set rules and limits like myself, this is AWESOME. Smart Phone Usage […]

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Is Gutenberg the Worst Thing To Happen To WordPress?


After about 15 years with the classic WordPress editor, WordPress decided to shake things up and redesign their interface. Meet Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor. A lot of people are pretty angry about it, but I think it’s great! Disclaimer: I realize Gutenberg is pretty darn polarizing at the moment. So if I got something […]

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Make Scheduling Way More Efficient With Calendly


If you do a lot of scheduling and haven’t heard about Calendly, you’re doing it wrong. And yes, the name is awful. Calendly? My wife repeatedly makes fun of it. Replace the “er” sound in most words and it sounds pretty ridiculous. But putting the name aside, I absolutely love it. But what is Calendly? […]

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How to Launch a Podcast and Grow Your Brand


26% of Americans listen to podcasts monthly. And podcast listenership is increasing each day. Don’t quote me. It sounds right-ish to me but I got my statistics here and here. If you aren’t familiar with podcasts, think radio shows meet Netflix. If that doesn’t help you at all, download the Chiedo Radio podcast here and you’ll catch my […]

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