From Entropy, Alchemy

In "The Second Coming," a poem about post-World War I Europe, Yeats wrote, "Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold." He was talking about entropy, which is the theory that over time, the tendency is towards decay and chaos. It can be defined as a lack of order or predictability, or a gradual decline into disorder. There is also a scientific definition of entropy in thermodynamics.

Alchemy, on the other hand, is about creation. It was an ancient philosophical and protoscientific practice in ancient times that originated in Egypt before Christ. They were trying to purify certain materials, but most popularly they were trying to turn lead into gold. They were also trying to create an elixir of immortality.

While Code Alchemy cannot turn lead into gold or promise immortality, it can help transform your ideas from basic concepts into reality. That, after all, is what the alchemist does. Take a base material and transmute it, take it to the next higher level.

The reason for our motto is simple. A client may not know exactly what they want or need. Their ideas, as organized as they may be, may not be organized in a way that is optimized in a way necessary to build a website or a mobile app. Their ideas are the base metals or electronic media — not base, in a negative sense, but base in the sense of not having been fully realized. The role of Code Alchemy is to transform those ideas into a website or a mobile app that is "digital gold."

Things don't need to fall apart. Through attention to detail, listening to a client's needs and careful execution, a website or mobile app can achieve that elusive goal the client was seeking. Alchemy was the forerunner of modern chemistry. Digital chemistry with a client's customers on the Internet is everything in today's marketplace. Web design and development (as well as app building) is as much art as science. Hence the name Code Alchemy.

You can read below about Code Alchemy's experience in the industry over the last decade. We've worked primarily with non-profits and small businesses under a variety of monikers. Recently, we have transmuted ourselves into Code Alchemy, a form in which we intend to remain. We feel our new identity best matches who we are and our aspirations. Some of our clients have been with us for our years, regardless of what we have called ourselves as we evolved.

Let's start a conversation today. Let us hear your vision, and let us see if we can turn your lead into the gold to which you aspire. After all, your ideas are not really lead. They are just not yet gold. They need to be in the state they are meant to be, not in the state in which they are currently. We can help you transmute them to something that help you meet your needs in the ever-changing digital marketplace.

About Us

Code Alchemy brings 10 years of industry experience to the table with any project, whether it is a mobile app or a desktop/mobile website. We focus on both, through two frameworks. We use the Laravel framework for our websites, and the React Native framework for our mobile apps.

Never heard of Laravel? Laravel is the most popular PHP project on GitHub, the code storage site now owned by Microsoft, and where most frameworks are stored. It has almost 50,000 stars (a rating of popularity on Github), and uses the industry-standard Symfony framework as its backbone. It also has a robust ecosystem of other frameworks that can be added to Laravel, easily (but very powerfully) extending its functionality with little work. For websites of any size that require any kind of customization, Laravel is the way to go.

Many people ask, what about WordPress? I can have a website up and running in hours with WordPress, with a custom theme. The same is true of Laravel, depending on the complexity of the site. While it is true, WordPress has many plug-ins that easily extend its functionality, many of those plug-ins are not secure. Also, the framework itself can be difficult to secure for the unseasoned developer, and there are many "bots" out there that specifically seek out sites with the WordPress signature. You simply do not face these issues with Laravel. Selecting a framework with a point-and-click installer can have its drawbacks.

As for mobile, Code Alchemy uses the Ionic framework. Building a website in native iOS or Android brings a major downside. You must maintain two separate code bases in two totally different languages. Development, therefore takes twice as long. Using Ionic speeds development by using code written in HTML and JavaScript that is compiled into fully functional native apps.

Other services are available through Code Alchemy including Laravel/VueJS websites, Angular (MEAN stack) web applications and more. The difference between a standard Laravel website and a Laravel/VueJS or MEAN stack website is that they are more interactive. Both use a language called JavaScript. With JavaScript, you will see more animations on the page, and the page will interact more with the user as they use the site. This can lead to a more user-friendly approach, leaving the user with a warmer feel about your product or service. JavaScript-oriented websites are fast becoming the norm, and will dominate the web landscape in the future.

In all projects, Code Alchemy uses industry-standard practices and platforms. Code Alchemy does not use outdated or here-today-gone-tomorrow technologies, so your project will not be quickly obsolete.

Technologies

Front-End

  • HTML 5
  • VueJS
  • Angular
  • SASS
  • LESS
  • CSS 3

Back-End

  • PHP
  • Laravel
  • Drupal 8
  • MySQL
  • NodeJS / Express
  • Mongo

APIs

  • Stripe
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

Services

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Digital Ocean
  • Apple
  • Android
  • Git
  • cPanel