Speed up Composer by using HHVM, including a SlowTimer error fix

As most of you know by now, Facebook has release an alternative PHP runtime called "HipHop Virtual Machine for PHP", also known as "hhvm". There have been a lot of benchmarks showing that hhvm is a lot faster than the official runtime, but it does not have full feature parity…

Setting up my perfect dev environment on OSX 10.9 using Chef / Kitchenplan

A lot of people seem to be coming back to my blogpost about using Chef to setup my perfect developer environment. This means that I'm not the only one who values a clean install now and again, but do not want to spend days getting everything back into working order…

Interesting frontend webdevelopment links from 2012/2013

So, what a year it has been. More than ever I feel like innovation in webdevelopment has soared like never before. One of the aspects of my job at Kunstmaan is to make sure our developers stay on top, and if possible, in front of these developments. To do this…

Presenting 'kitchenplan', a Chef based Boxen alternative for installing mac workstations

Update: this guide is outdated, please refer to Setting up my perfect dev environment on OSX 10.9 using Chef / Kitchenplan for the latest version. In the recent past, I've been bitten by the Chef virus and I've used it to install and configure my Mac. The parts of that…

Building a private gh-pages clone with dexy and gitlab

At work I was looking for a way to write project documentation for several non-public projects. It was important for me to have a system that was versioncontrolled in GIT, written in easy to understand formatting for both technical and non-technical personel (markdown) and makes publishing effortless. The resulting documentation…

Automating the setup of my perfect developer environment on OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Update: this guide is outdated, please refer to Setting up my perfect dev environment on OSX 10.9 using Chef / Kitchenplan for the latest version. Ever since getting serious in documenting my install process for my developer machine, I've found that while executing the steps themselves is fairly quick, it…