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Building a Laravel package from scratch

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 1 minute read

In this streaming session, you can see me build up the package from scratch.You can find the code seen in the stream in the spatie/laravel-remote repo on GitHub.If you want to learn how to build PHP and Laravel packages, consider purchasing our Laravel Package Training video course.

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Introducing monthly playlists from team Spatie

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

At Spatie, each one of our team members loves music. Scattered across our office are a couple of HomePods. Everyone in our team is free to stream his favourite music for others to hear (of course at an acceptable volume so everyone can still work).

This is a great way to discover music. In my mind, any automated algorithm that picks music for you is trumped what your friends and peers suggest to you.

Because of the pandemic, this way of sharing music with each other was lost. That's why our team will from now on create monthly playlists. The process is easy: every month we will choose a theme for the playlist and each team member picks two or three tracks.

The first theme is "Late Night Something" (it's not "late night coding" because not everyone on our team codes.


Here's our playlist on Apple Music. And here is the same playlist on Spotify.

Here's at the Spotify embed so you can listed from your browser too.

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Debug apps running on remote servers using Ray

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 1 minute read

Earlier this year, we released Ray, a desktop app that allows you to debug faster. Instead of dumping values to the browser or console, Ray allows you to display debugging information beautifully in a dedicated window.

Since launch, Ray helps you debug local projects. Today, we're adding the most requested feature to Ray: the ability to connect to remote servers. All output of the ray() call, will be sent securely from your remote server to the local app via SSH.

Using this feature, you can quickly investigate problems on your production servers that you are unable to recreate locally.

In this short video you'll see a quick demo!

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