If you're using PhpStorm you probably make heavy use of it's autocomplete features. The IDE can, for most classes, suggests all accessible functions. Unfortunately, when a function has a dynamic return type PHPStorm will leave you out in the cold. So when resolving something out of Laravel's IoC-container PhpStorm cannot help you. Here's an example with one of the repositories of Blender:
PhpStorm can't suggest functions because it doesn't know which class the
make-function will return. Let's fix that.
The DynamicReturnType plugin provides a way to dynamically specify the return type of a function. You can install it like every other PHPStorm plugin. Next you'll have to create a file called
dynamicReturnTypeMeta.json in the root of your project with this contents:
This configuration will tell PHPStorm that the return type of the `make`-function of `Illuminate\Contracts\Foundation\Application` will return an instance of class specified in the first argument.
With this file in place PHPStorm can perform autocompleting:
To learn all other possibilities the plugin offers, read it's documentation on GitHub.
Update: As Nicolas Widart mentions in the comments below there's another (and maybe easier way) to get autocompletion when resolving stuff from Laravel's IoC-container. The ide-helper package can generate a meta file that, when indexed, will make PhpStorm understand which object gets returned.