Design Inspiration #88

Design Inspiration from Mextures, August, Camera Noir, Honey and Whistle! Design Inspiration is a weekly post that showcases examples of some of the best new web design from around the internet. To submit to Design Inspiration, click the “submit” link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions for submitting your site or […]

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Creating the Twitter following model in Laravel 4

A critical aspect to think about at the outset of a project is how the various components of your application will be related. Getting this right at the start will save a lot of headaches later on down the line when you realise you didn’t make the right structural decisions. As I covered in Setting […]

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Design Inspiration #87

Design Inspiration from Impress, Paid, Animoto, Postable and Framer! Design Inspiration is a weekly post that showcases examples of some of the best new web design from around the internet. To submit to Design Inspiration, click the “submit” link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions for submitting your site or a […]

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How to create a unique product

Differentiation is a characteristic of online products that is far too under appreciated. Last week I wrote about how differentiation has a major effect on competitive advantage. By focusing on creating a differentiated product, you can target a specific niche audience who are willing to pay a premium price for the characteristics that you are […]

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Laravel 4 Fixture Replacement with Factory Muffin

Last week we started looking at Testing Laravel 4 Models. The validation tests we wrote for the User model are really easy to write because we are only testing very simply functionality. However, in the grand scheme of a full application, we are going to have to write some much more intricate tests. One such […]

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Design Inspiration #86

Design Inspiration from Lumo, MapBox, Lift, Somewhere and Sort! Design Inspiration is a weekly post that showcases examples of some of the best new web design from around the internet. To submit to Design Inspiration, click the “submit” link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions for submitting your site or a […]

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Differentiation and it’s role in Competitive Advantage

In order to create a successful product you have to be acutely aware of how you will gain competitive advantage within the market. Competitive advantage creates opportunity for new products to disrupt incumbent industries and it helps create a moat of defence against the onslaught of competition. However, it seems that the differentiation strategy of […]

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Getting started with testing Laravel 4 Models

Last week I looked at what are Models in MVC applications, what are the characteristics of a Model and how to make your first Model in Laravel 4. An integral part of writing high quality web applications is having automated tests that can ensure that your entire application is functioning correctly. In a Continuous Integration […]

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Design Inspiration #85

Design Inspiration from Sipp, Playground Inc, Involvio, Mariusz Cieśla and Starmatic! Design Inspiration is a weekly post that showcases examples of some of the best new web design from around the internet. To submit to Design Inspiration, click the “submit” link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions for submitting your site […]

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