Get out of your own way

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
career
retrospection

It happens to the best of us, you’re faced with a seemingly simple problem and you can’t figure it out to save your life. On the surface it’s easy but you start to get wrapped up in hypothetical situations and premature optimization to the point that you’re completely incapacitated. It […]

The cost of convenience

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
development
javascript

Convenience is rarely economical. Shredded cheese tends to be more expensive than a block of the same type. Pre-chopped vegetables are the same way. But when you spend that little extra, you gain that back in time that you don’t have to spend doing the prep work. Technology doesn’t always […]

Sort an array in reverse order with PHP

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
php

Arrays are a great way to store / work with data. In PHP, arrays are one of the most powerful data types of available. From time to time, you need to sort an array in reverse order. Of course, PHP has you covered: $array = [ 1 => 'one', 2 […]

Pull random values from an array with PHP

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
development
php

Like most things, you can solve this problem with a number of different approaches. Without knowing about array_rand in PHP, you could end up doing something like this to pull a random value from an array: $array = ['one', 'two', 'three', 'four', 'five']; shuffle($array); echo $array[0]; The array is shuffled […]

Portable grits

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
food
cooking
recipe
productivity
diy

Now that it’s starting to get cold out, which is anything below 70 degrees here in Florida, I have began searching to find a nice warm breakfast that is quick to prepare as well as portable. I tend to just make smoothies for breakfast but I have grown bored with […]