Rob Morgan

Australian Startup CTO based in Berlin, Creator of Phinx & MageCloudKit, Startups, Technology, Travel

Today I’m pleased to announce that the first Phinx screencast is now available. It focuses on the basics of Phinx using a sample guestbook application I wrote. I worked really hard on putting this together over the past few months and I’m excited to share it with you. Its not 100% finished yet, so if you buy it today I’ll send you the final version when its completed.

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In this post I’ll explain how to easily publish a simple static website using npm, Grunt and Amazon S3. I assume you already have an AWS account in place. I wrote this guide using OS X Yosemite, so you will need to adapt it to other systems.

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I’ve always followed CakePHP development pretty closely. In fact, before I became a contributor to Zend Framework I wrote the bulk of my web applications using Cake. It was one of the earliest PHP MVC frameworks that followed the popular design patterns exploding in other languages.

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I had pleasure of visiting Norway for 4 days at the beginning of this month. It’s a very clean and structured country and very Scandinavian - much like Stockholm. Straight after landing we were caught a train to Oslo then waited at the station to catch a bigger train to Bergen (1758 NOK for 2 people).

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TLDR: This is a big release.

Today I’m excited to announce Phinx 0.3.0. This release has been in the making for quite a few months. Last October Phinx broke 10,000 downloads and just four months later will see Phinx topping 30,000. This has been incredible momentum for the project.

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So you want to come and work in Germany? In particular the thriving startup scene in Berlin? A lot of people ask me about the process so I decided to write my notes here. In short - the process is not difficult if you follow the steps correctly and have secured a job offer. This is the money shot. There are other options like the Freelancer / Artist Visa (very popular in Berlin), but I do not know much about this. Apparently they are a lot easier though and give you the freedom to work for anyone. Disclaimer: I’m not a legal expert so proceed at your own risk.

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