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Fix for Vagrant not detecting existing VM

Recently, I had to restart my Vagrant to apply some changes. When I went to vagrant  up, a scary thing happened: vagrant started to download the entire box over again. Vagrant wasn’t detecting my existing box! Not only is this inconvenient if you have specific configurations you made to your Vagrant after the initial install, but it could be detrimental if you use Vagrant to hold your database and didn’t have a backup handy. Luckily, I was able to point Vagrant back in the right direction.

How to share your local dev environment using ngrok

Update 5-16-2015: I wrote a new article explaining How to get VVV and ngrok working


This one goes out to all you web developers out there. If you are developing sites, you are probably using version control & working locally (if you’re not- you should be). Your current workflow probably looks something like: make changes locally, push them to staging evnironment, test, push to live. Thats a perfectly good workflow.. for a solo developer.

How to create an input placeholder from a label with jQuery

Forms should be as intuitive and easy to fill out as possible. One way to help your users out is by placing your label helper text inside the input field, and hiding it when the user goes to use it. After following this tutorial, you’ll end up with is a nice solution to turn your boring old form labels into a more modern and intuitive form hint.

The difference between an engineer and a developer

For a very long time, I considered myself a developer. I knew the term “software engineer”, but always thought it was different. Recently, I came to the realization that “software engineer” is not just a title- it is a way of life. A software engineer is not bound by any one coding language or set of rules. There comes a point when you start to see the similarities between the different coding languages and frameworks.

How to create a sliding mobile menu with jQuery

With responsive design being so prevalent nowadays, there are a lot of ways that you can handle the navigation when the browser gets down to a tablet/smartphone size. One of the ways you can handle the navigation is to have it slide out from the right or left of the screen upon button click, like the Facebook app does. In this tutorial- we are going to learn how to do exactly that.