Alternatives for Heroku

Heroku is a famous PAAS (Platform as a Service) that makes it very easy for developers to deploy applications in different languages and frameworks.

Heroku is very popular due to its simplicity and ease of use. In minutes, you can go from an app on your computer to an app deployed using a URL that you send to friends and clients. Heroku had a free tier that can be used for learning purposes and non-commercial applications such as personal projects.

However Heroku said

The reason for that decision was due to fraud and abuse of Heroku’s free product plan.

Here are some alternatives that offer a free plan.

You can also check this list of PAAS with free tiers: https://github.com/ripienaar/free-for-dev#paas


5 PHP Application Monitoring Tools

Today, I would like to share about 5 PHP application monitoring tools. Let’s take a look.


Sentry.io was originally for python frameworks. Sentry enables end-to-end observability and collects complete stack traces and offers support for PHP, Laravel and Symfony.

PHP Server Monitor

PHP server monitor is an open-source tool to monitor the performance of PHP servers and websites. It allows for easy cronjob monitoring, email, SMS and Pushover notifications, logs collection and more.


Logtail is as structured log management platform based on ClickHouse. It can collect and monitor data in real-time from any PHP application.

New Relic

New Relic monitor and helps with identifying and troubleshooting performance issues. It tracks key transactions, monitors critical metrics, and visualizes everything in dashboards. New Relic’s PHP monitoring promises improved performance, query optimization, and instant observability.


Atatus is a tool supporting PHP performance monitoring and error handling. Using the Atatus, we can improve business metrics and optimize the performance of the application. It discovers the longest transactions, the slowest database queries, the slowest network calls and exceptions.

This is all for now. Hope you enjoy that.

By Asahi




// No line split
return $this->request->session()->get($this->config->get('analytics.campaign_session_key'));

// Meaningless line split
return $this->request
// Good
return $this->request->session()->get(

// Closure
new EventCollection($this->events->map(function (Event $event) {
  return new Entries\Event($event->code, $event->pivot->data);

// Array
$this->validate($request, [
  'code' => 'string|required',
  'name' => 'string|required',


else if ]ステートメントを繰り返し書く代わりに、配列を使って、持っているキーに基づいて、欲しい値を探します。コードはよりすっきりして読みやすくなり、何か問題が発生したときには理解しやすい例外を見ることができます。中途半端なエッジケースはありません。

// Bad
if ($order->product->option->type === 'pdf') {
    $type = 'book';
} else if ($order->product->option->type === 'epub') {
    $type = 'book';
} else if ($order->product->option->type === 'license') {
    $type = 'license';
} else if ($order->product->option->type === 'artwork') {
    $type = 'creative';
} else if $order->product->option->type === 'song') {
    $type = 'creative';
} else if ($order->product->option->type === 'physical') {
    $type = 'physical';

if ($type === 'book') {
    $downloadable = true;
} else if ($type === 'license') {
    $downloadable = true;
} else if $type === 'creative') {
    $downloadable = true;
} else if ($type === 'physical') {
    $downloadable = false;
// Good
$type = [
    'pdf'      => 'book',
    'epub'     => 'book',
    'license'  => 'license',
    'artwork'  => 'creative',
    'song'     => 'creative',
    'physical' => 'physical',

$downloadable = [
    'book'     => true,
    'license'  => true,
    'creative' => true,
    'physical' => false,



// Bad
  'url' => $visit->url,
  'referer' => $visit->referer,
  'user_id' => $visit->userId,
  'ip' => $visit->ip,
  'timestamp' => $visit->timestamp,
// Good
$visit = Visit::create([
  'url'       => $visit->url,
  'referer'   => $visit->referer,
  'user_id'   => $visit->userId,
  'ip'        => $visit->ip,
  'timestamp' => $visit->timestamp,




// Bad
public function createInvoice(): Invoice
  if ($this->invoice()->exists()) {
    throw new OrderAlreadyHasAnInvoice('Order already has an invoice.');

  return DB::transaction(function () use ($order) {
    $invoice = $order->invoice()->create();

    $order->pushStatus(new AwaitingShipping);

    return $invoice;
// Good
// Order model
public function createInvoice(): Invoice {
  if ($this->invoice()->exists()) {
    throw new OrderAlreadyHasAnInvoice('Order already has an invoice.');

  return app(CreateInvoiceForOrder::class)($this);

// Action class
class CreatelnvoiceForOrder
  public function _invoke(Order $order): Invoice
    return DB::transaction(function () use ($order) {
      $invoice = $order->invoice()->create();

      $order->pushStatus(new AwaitingShipping);

      return $invoice;



// Bad
// Only works in this place & concerns it with
// details that the model should care about.
if (! isset($data['name'])) {
  $data['name'] = $data['code'];

$conversion = Conversion::create($data);
// Good
$conversion = Conversion::create($data);

// Model
class ConversionGoal extends Model
  public static function booted()
    static::creating(function (self $model) {
      $model->name ??= $model->code;


By Tsuki

5 Website To Help You Create Beautiful JavaScript Code Snippets For Your Medium Articles

While writing technical development articles you will often show some code blocks. You can either take a screenshot of your favorite IDE while it shows the code or you can use the simple Medium code formatting by pressing ```. But instead of using any of those two approaches, I would suggest using any or all of the websites presented within this article.

1. GitHub Gists

The main website to create code blocks is GitHub Gists. You can simply go to https://gist.github.com and add your code into the Gist. Also, you can add multiple files to one single Gist and use them independently in your article.

2. carbon.now.sh

This website is really simple. You can log in with your GitHub profile and start creating snippets. Go to and insert your code. It will be automatically saved into your profile and can be accessed by the URL.

As an example,  https://carbon.now.sh/XHGvwhmthQjAZLJAWNoA

The content will look like this in Medium:

3. JSFiddle

JSFiddle is a famous javascript code playground where you can test your HTML, CSS, and JS in the browser.

Additionally, these code blocks can be imported into Medium as an embed. Within Medium you will have one block with a tab menu that can be switched.

I use this fiddle as an example: https://jsfiddle.net/paulknulst/odLg3qu1/

As you can see you can switch between JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and Result. Within Result, you can see the outcome after the three “files” are combined and run by jsfiddle.net.

4. Codepen.io

Codepen is comparable to JSFiddle. You can also add HTML, CSS, and JS and import them into Medium.

I use this as an example: https://codepen.io/paulknulst/pen/NWaXwdW

As you can see you can switch between JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and Result. It looks different from JSFiddle but contains the same information.

5. Codesandbox.io

With Codesandbox.io you are able to create complete sandboxes for your project that will run within the browser.

If you start with this website you can choose a sample sandbox from a list of predefined sandboxes

After you choose your template all needed files will be created and you can change them in the integrated IDE and see the result in an embedded browser window.

I really hope you find this article helpful and can use any of the websites in your development articles.


4 Reasons Why We Need Code Reviews

Code reviews are necessary as they offer multiple benefits that help improve your code and your team. These benefits include:

  • Helping reduce bugs and logic errors
  • Providing an opportunity for training
  • Spreading knowledge across areas and teams
  • Revealing new ideas and techniques

Code reviews help reduce bugs and logic errors

One of the main things a reviewer should be looking for when reviewing code is that the code does the right thing without any errors.

It may seem like it would be hard to find bugs while reading code, but as developers become more experienced reviewing code, issues will start to stand out.

Even with QA and automated testing, finding bugs during a code review is helpful. Reviews help verify the code and tests are both correct. A code review can direct the developer to the exact area of the problem, making it easier to debug and fix. Reviews are just one more step we can use to help avoid stressful after hour bugs.

Reviews offer opportunities for training

We all know how quickly the technology around us changes. there is a new language, tool, or framework every day. We also learn new best practices, standards, and ways to do things as we gain more experience.

How do we keep all the developers on the team up to date with these changes? Of course, there are courses, tutorials, blogs, the team wikis, and guides out there. But do we have time for every developer on our team to always go through a course? Developers should continue to use these resources and learn from them.  However, none of these resources have come close to what we learned by working with the team and having code reviewed. Good code has come from code reviews.

Code reviews spread knowledge across areas and teams

If we had two teams of developers who always worked together and reviewed each other’s code versus two groups of developers who never reviewed the other team’s code, who do you think will have better code in the long run?

It probably will be the teams that review each other’s code. Those two teams will be passing knowledge back and forth about their specific areas and the best way to do things. They will be learning from different experiences and projects.

Code reviews also reveal new ideas and techniques

Reviews will teach the same team new things the same way they will teach multiple teams. But new ideas and techniques often come up in code reviews even among the same team members.

Think about most of the code we write. How often do we research different design patterns, consider different architectures or attempt multiple solutions before deploying code? At most places, we don’t have the time to pair program on everything or always meet about how to code every feature. Once a team implements a review process, these suggestions happen without extra steps.





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