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Surviving a heatwave using Google Cloud functions

Link – - submitted by Adriaan Marain

This summer in Belgium has been a very hot one, and we're bound to have a couple more very warm weeks during the rest of summer.

I'm not the best at dealing with this kind of heat, and with the temperature inside hitting 28° C, I've been trying to get my home to cool down on a budget: I open the windows when the temperature outside is cooler than inside, and close them when it warms up. I've also noticed the sun hits the living room starting at around 7 in the morning, which means I should close the curtains right around that time to stop the tile floor from heating up.

From the start, I knew it was likely that I would forget to close the windows in time. I would need someone - or something - to remind me. I saw a talk about Google Cloud by Bram Van Damme at JSConf.be a while back, so I decided this could be a fun little project to play around with GCP.

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Introducing Laravel Beyond CRUD: a way of building large Laravel applications

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 4 minute read

It's funny how from the outside, IT is often seen as an exact science. When starting as a developer, I often heard people say: "Oh, you're in IT, so you must be good at mathematics". I never understood why someone who is supposedly good at mathematics is the right person to fix a printer.

When you have some experience building applications, you know that IT is not an exact science. There are multiple valid solutions to a problem. Take five developers and ask them what the best way to set up a blog is. You'll likely get five different answers. Each suggestion will have its own set of tradeoffs.

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How to group queued jobs using Laravel 8's new Batch class

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 14 minute read

Laravel 8 offers a shiny new way to group multiple jobs into one batch. This will allow you to easily check how many job there are in a batch, what to total progress is and even cancel all jobs in a batch.

In this blog post, I'd like to share how we will use this feature in the upcoming v3 of Mailcoach. We'll also take a look at how batches are implemented under the hood in Laravel.

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Using Blade components for handling layouts

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 1 minute read

Blade components are a wonderful feature of Laravel. In most examples you can see them being used for small UI elements. Did you know you can use them for layouts as well? Want to see more videos like this one? Head over to the Readable Laravel video series on our website.

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