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Why we ditched Lumen PHP

Friday, January 8, 2021

Why we ditched Lumen PHP

Lumen is a stripped down version of the powerful and now very popular Laravel PHP framework, focused on performance and serving stateless requests. I doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Laravel, but it also doesn’t need them when serving API requests.

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Close to wrapping up 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020

There are 6 weeks left of 2020, which means it’s about time we wrap this year up, focus on what’s most important, and leave the nice-to-have endeavors for next year. For Monitive, that means finalizing all the features that our users need to completely migrate from the (now old) Monitive Classic to the new and shiny Monitive.

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How do you make your customers feel?

Thursday, October 15, 2020

How do you make your customers feel?

There are a lot of tools, apps and services. If you’ve been following Product Hunt, you already know that startups and new apps are being launched every single day. A startup these days is so common that even high-school kids are doing it. There are endless rivers of guides, books and knowhow on how to do it, and since most startups have some sort of product or service, there might be an app for pretty much anything you might think of. And if there isn’t, well, it’s a great moment to build it yourself.

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Meet the new Monitive

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Meet the new Monitive

The day has come. After 10 years of running an uptime monitoring service, of which three years we spent in rewriting of the service. The new Monitive codename “Freyja” is ready for the world to use.

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Launching the new Monitive

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Launching the new Monitive

It’s been a long journey since I decided that the current version of Monitive is just not good enough for our customers.

That it doesn’t scale how it should.

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Slow and steady

Friday, March 27, 2020

Slow and steady

“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else.”

Progress on the new Monitive has been slow as a snail in a marathon, but nevertheless the progress was there. Since the last update last year, a lot has been going on, and one day I woke up and just decided to write, even if small updates.

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Week #20 Freyja Updates

Friday, May 17, 2019

Week #20 Freyja Updates

It’s been a while since the new Monitive codename “Freyja” was launched in private beta, and even though a lot of things have happened, development is moving forward a bit slow than I’ve hoped.

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Beta Testing For Dummies

Monday, April 8, 2019

Beta Testing For Dummies

Don’t worry, this isn’t an article where someone extremely adept at software testing and well-versed in industry terms is going to talk down to you.

I’m a marketer first and a writer second, and no part of my career has ever involved the nitty gritty parts of building out a tech product or service to prepare it for real-life users.

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For the Users: Customer-Driven Development

Friday, March 29, 2019

For the Users: Customer-Driven Development

“Always design with the customer in mind,” they say.

“We listen to our customers,” they say.

And they’re right. But why not actually ask the customers what they want and just build what they’re asking for?

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