Then, around 2009 I started working more and more exclusively with PHP. After a while, it became hard to go back and fix ASP bugs, so I left web.forret.com as it was, on its ASP island and dove into this new PHP world. I started developing tools in PHP, things like an RSS feed checker, a depth-of-field calculator. However, I couldn’t put these tools on the same server as the older ones, because that server only did ASP, no PHP. I started by parking them under tools.forret.com, later hdslr-cinema.com with some others, and it just looked like a big mess. Different layouts, different sub-domains, different logic.
In 2015, I finally decided that I should clean up and consolidate. I purchased this new domain name toolstud.io, used better PHP templating, source code version control, a more modern layout, and the some self-developed libraries. I started the work of converting my ASP-based tools to PHP. It’s not rocket science, and every tool in PHP worked better than the old ASP one, but I just needed to find the time.
In June 2016 my old hosting (the ASP one) expired, I forgot to pay in time, and I decided that I would redirect all traffic to toolstud.io, even if it didn’t have all the old tools yet. It just doesn’t make any sense to pay for two different hosts for a small side-project.
In 2019, I started developing in Laravel and as a result, became more critical on code style and started using more external libraries. This website hasn’t been ported to Laravel yet, because I haven’t found the time yet. I did upgrade to the latest version of bootstrap, fontawesome, jquery …
I hope you enjoy these tools and that they make your life easier.