Need help with MySQL?

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I’ll keep this short this week because my wife is out of town again so it’s just me and this guy hanging out all weekend:

Plus I’m recording a bunch of new tutorials for you.

 Do you need a little help with MySQL?

If so, check out this new course I just uploaded. It won’t cost you anything and it covers all the key concepts:

  • Prepared statements
  • MySQLi
  • PDO
  • Data modeling
  • Object modeling
  • Creating a database class
  • ezSQL

And a few other things. I’ve received a lot of great feedback on it so far… so it’s worth checking out if you need a MySQL assist.

Here’s where to access the course at no cost:

Also, as always the podcast was rockin’ and rollin’ this week. Here’s a run-down of the episodes for you to check out at your leisure:

I got a question over on Quora about what it takes to become a front-end web developer and this was my response.

Also, go read this answer on Quora, print it out and tape it to your wall. Especially, the last bit.

We do this to ourselves and to each other WAY too much.

There’s no reason we should be scared of each other. We should be supporting each other. Yes, standards are necessary… but NOT at the expense of human capital.

Here’s the rest of the episodes rapid-fire style:

Lastly, I’ll end with something new I’m doing… my Geek Joke of the Week. Are you seriously ready to fall out of your chair (or not)?

A few years back I went to visit a good developer friend of mine in the Philippines. Now, this guy is the hard-core development type.

Coding since he was 7…
Knows probably 10 different programming languages…
Wears a Java t-shirt everywhere he goes…

That kind of hard-core developer.

Anyway, he was showing me around his house before we headed out in Manila to the local coffee shop to chat and work on some code…

And, I noticed something odd in his bedroom.

On his night stand, he had two glasses. One was full of water and the other was empty.

Now, that might not seem strange at first but this guy was meticulous about his house. Nothing was randomly put anywhere.

So, I knew BOTH glasses had a purpose.

Anyway, I noticed it but didn’t think much of it and really forgot about it until I got back home.

So, I shot him and email and asked:

“Hey, I know this is weird to ask but when I was at your house I noticed you keep two glasses on your night stand… one empty and one full. What are they for?”

I about fell out of my chair at his response. Here’s what he wrote:

If i get thirsty, full glass…
Else I don’t, empty glass…


Enjoy your weekend!


P.S. I’m over-the-top excited about the new tutorials I’m creating for you right now. But, let me know if you have any burning questions about working Bootstrap. Just tweet me up at:

P.P.S. I just made a major update to my recommended developer resources page. Worth taking a look at for the tools I use.

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