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Dealing with expired signed URLs in Laravel

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

Out of the box, Laravel comes with the ability to generate "signed" URLs. These URLs have a hash in their query string that verifies that the URL was not modified.

At Flare, we use these signed URLs to add action links in mail notifications. The action links allow users to snooze and resolve errors right from the mail without having to be logged in. Pretty convenient!

My buddy Dries Vints noticed a slight drawback. He got a mail from Flare that contains these action links. A few hours after the mail arrived, he clicked one of the action links. This is what he saw.

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Develop faster by adding dev routes file in a Laravel app

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

Laravel's awesome closure based routing was probably one of the first features I fell in love with. I take it for granted now, but back in the days, such a simple way of adding a route felt like a glass of water in hell compared to the other frameworks.

Typically, you would only add routes that are necessary for the users of your app. Something that I have been doing for a long time is to create a routes file, called dev.php, with routes that can help with app development.

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PHP's bus factor

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PHP is a fantastic language that has seen many cool improvements over the past few years. What you may not be aware of is that only a very few people can work on the language itself. This is obviously not healthy and hopefully this situation will improve in the future.


Modelling time

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This is a very nice talk given by Eric Evans at DDD Europe 2018. He argues that sometimes try to solve a problem, without reaching to existing solutions, might provide good insights.

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