Jokes can hurt the dev community

Do you know why we created ConFoo? To end religious wars between programming languages. I don’t care if you code in Java or Python or Ruby or whatever. We’re all developers and we can all learn from each other if we talked to each other more often. But then people go and post this kind…

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Doctrine not saving ManyToMany

Say you have a ManyToMany relationship, like Post <—> Tag.

When you add tags to a Post and the save the Post, everything is great. But when you add posts to a Tag and then save the Tag, the posts are not saved. Why? Because Doctrine persists changes only on the owning side of a relation. The owning side is…

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How skiing made me a better developer

I’m currently sitting at T-Bar & Grill in Panorama, British-Columbia, Canada. I had a great week of skiing and another week to come. While ripping the slopes at ear-popping speeds, my mind was surprisingly free to roam and explore ideas that lead me to this article. I’m going to tell you how skiing made me…

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Should conference talks be written in advance?

I had a discussion on Twitter today regarding a conference’s selection process. It was suggested that speakers should be forced to write their entire talk before submitting it to a conference, perhaps even presented at a local event. This might work for speakers who give the same talks over and over again, but that’s not the majority. I organize a…

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