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Tom de Bruin

I’m Tom de Bruin and I make websites and I ride bikes. I’m a software engineer. You could follow me @deadlyhifi.

Testing and stubbing methods wrapped by a "store"

03 October, 2017

Maybe it’s obvious and that’s why I didn’t find much about it in my searches, or my search criteria were off, or whatever, but it took me a…

On Refactoring

03 October, 2017

Do you clean your home? Do you take your rubbish out? Have a tidy up? When it’s aged do you redecorate? When you feel like a change, for…

My 2016 Year in Review

24 December, 2016

2016 has been dire: Brexit, Snoopers charter, Donald Trump, I despair – but personally it has been a triumph. At the beginning of this year…

Super Duper Power Key (change capslock, you don't use it anyway)

08 February, 2016

Brett Terpstra (a power user hero) wrote about this back in 2012 , and here I am documenting my version of it (and the apps have since been…

A Day of REST Conference

29 January, 2016

I’m on the train home from London after 2 of days of learning about the new WordPress REST API. Day one was the conference itself, and the…

Laracon EU 2015 – Day 2

28 August, 2015

I was far more refreshed on day two after resisting the urge to go out with the people I’d met the night before. I half regretted it as it…

Laracon EU 2015 – Day 1

28 August, 2015

My first Laracon and my first conference for quite some time; day one has provided me with much to think about. All the talks have been of…

The Cull (my time is precious)

25 May, 2015

I’ve spent the entire bank holiday weekend decorating. I’ve not had time to keep up with my constant stream of information. Then I listened…


22 April, 2015

Are these amazing website builders threatening your agency? Potentially. It all depends on where you place yourself in the market. People…