If I could describe Zend Framework in a few words it would be “bloated” and “confusing”. I’m used to ZF1 by now, but getting it started for a new project again takes too much effort.

So along comes Laravel which is so simple it’s practically beautiful. Yet it’s still pretty powerful.

So for my home project I’m going to be trying Laravel out. Fingers crossed it goes well.

Windows 8 Phone

I’ve spent two days trying to run a emulator for a Windows 8 phone. All I want it for is to test a web page on it (I can’t find any online services that support it like Browserstack).

Eventually I tried to install their official SDK, but even that fails (makes it a third of the way through the install before it loses the connection).

Really not liking these phones at the moment.