Laurence Gellert

Hi there, this is the website of Laurence Gellert, a software developer living in Portland, Oregon USA.

I've been building software my entire life. My grandmother was a Cobol programmer in the 70's. I currently run a software consulting shop called Launch Gate. We specialize in Python/Django, PHP, JavaScript (Angular1, Angular2, React), iOS/Android hybrid apps and AWS. If you are interested in working with me, I can be reached through my contact page.

See my LinkedIn profile for more details about my skills and experience.

Twitter is for fun where I share software development tips, news, and humor - @laurencegellert.

My blog has some some well read posts... and some posts I wish more people would read.


January 9, 2018 - Laravel Backpack Crud Explained and Reviewed
December 19, 2017 - How to Override a Composer Dependency so it Pulls From Your Branch
October 30, 2017 - An Awesome Monitor Riser For My Desk
August 19, 2017 - How to require SSL when connecting to MySQL on AWS RDS
July 5, 2017 - DBAs are Out of Style and Now There’s a Hole In Your Database
May 1, 2017 - Tips for Getting into Software Development Heaven
April 2, 2017 - Some Tips on Improving your Social Skills (for Software Devs)

Top Posts by Traffic:

  1. What is a Full Stack developer?
  2. Associative Arrays in JavaScript
  3. Pros and Cons of RDS vs EC2 for MySQL with AWS
  4. The Three Ways of Setting Breakpoints in JavaScript
  5. Example Django Model Count and Group By Query

Posts I wish Google would rank higher because I enjoy them:

  1. Design your own GitHub activity graph, mine is a DNA spiral!
  2. On Pluggers, Rockstars, Ninjas, and other fun labels for developers – which are you?
  3. Why do software engineers always complicate things???

Are you a new developer or looking to learn?

My blog also has some resources for aspiring developers:

  1. My Answer To: I want to learn programming, should I attend a code school?
  2. Please see my category full of posts for new developers.
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