Unsafe SQL functions in Laravel

Recently the folks from Spatie released a security update for their laravel-query-builder package. Turns out it was vulnerable to SQL Injection. At the core of the vulnerability is the fact that Laravel offers a shorthand for querying only certain fields of JSON data, but that these do not get escaped when converted to a json_extract […]

Automatic GitHub Changelog Generator

If your code/project always uses Pull Requests to add/fix stuff in your code (e.g. no direct commits on master), then Changelog Generator will come in handy. It’s a CLI tool (written in PHP) that automatically fetches all closed PRs and Issues between the targetted and the previously tagged release. Installation is possible using Composer: $ […]

AV1, the video codec of the future

Next to praising the AV1 Codec and providing conversion examples (using ffmpeg), Andrey Sitnik also gives a good overview on containers and codecs – concepts every web developer who embed video should know imho – in his post on the subject: File extensions for video (.mp4, .wmv, .webm or .mov) barely represent containers. When you […]

TossingBot – Learning Robots to Throw Arbitrary Objects

TossingBot, a robotic arm that picks up items and tosses them to boxes outside its reach range. It is double the speed and dexterity of other state-of-the-art picking systems achieving 500+ mean picks per hour, and is better at throwing than most of the engineers on the team. The key to TossingBot is a self-improving […]

Deno, a new way to JavaScript

Ryan Dahl – inventor of Node.js – has been working on Deno, a new take on Node as if it were designed today. From async-await to ArrayBuffers, the JavaScript language has changed significantly in the decade since Node.js was designed. Deno takes advantage of these developments and incorporate lessons learned in the development of Node […]

Editor.js – Next generation block styled editor

Editor.js is a so called β€œblock style editor” like the one Medium (and recently WordPress) sport. The Editor.js workspace consists of separate Blocks: paragraphs, headings, images, lists, quotes, etc. Each of them is an independent contenteditable element (or more complex structure) provided by Plugin and united by Editor’s Core. The output is not HTML but […]

Illustrated.dev explains web development through illustration

Illustrated.dev holds a collection of awesome illustrations on Web Development by Maggie Appleton: Most of these explainers are about JavaScript fundamentals. Because those never go out of style. But I’ve also made a few on newer tools like React, Babel, and D3. I make these because the front-end world is overflowing with confounding things to […]