Cool Tool: Namechk.com

Ever wanted to know if someone else was using your chosen name or brand name elsewhere? Well, this cool tool actually checks all over the web for you, and within few seconds too!

I found it on Pinterest, while searching for essential oil blends (story for another day). I saw the pin in passing, and decided to give the tool a try. It’s really fast! And the results pane is so intuitive – within seconds, you get to assimilate a lot at once.

Apart from showing you where your search word is in use, it also shows you were its not yet in use. I’m definitely signing up to the available sites as soon as possible.

You should check it out too, if you are serious about online branding for yourself or your firm.

Cool Tool: J!Dump

I just found another gem.
Remember how I was running around in circles trying to get my Joomla! OS Membership Pro Paystack payment plugin code to work? Well something drove me to ask my best friend Google about debugging, and I hit the jackpot.
Joomla! has documentation on how to debug your code at their JoomlaDocs.
I tried out the Joomla! Debug console, but it was not doing what I needed done: dump out variable values for me to see. Eventually I tried the J!Dump option in the list, and I fell in love.

J!Dump will allow you to dump variable, stack traces, and system information into a popup window at run time. This extension works like the PHP command `var_dump` but formats the output in a much more readable fashion. On the github page, the README says:

This utility makes life easy for developers and template designers. You use it to see what’s inside a variable, an array or an object. Instead of using print_r() or var_dump(), you can now use dump(). This will open a popup window with a nice expandable tree, showing the contents of the variable. It will even show a list of available methods for each object. You have to see it to believe it! You can use dump() in your extensions, in the core, in libraries and even in templates.

It has certainly made my life easier since I installed it.
It works with Joomla! 3.x and PHP 7.x which is what I have set up on my server. I’m yet to test it on Laragon, but I bet it would work.

Thank you to the seven contributors to this free open source project!