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newsletter #80

Hi, welcome to the 80th newsletter! 

How PHP Environment Variables Actually work
Matt Allan took a deep dive learning about environment variables.

Name it, and they will come
React lead dev Dan Abramov makes the case for naming your ideas and projects.

The PHP UK videos have been released
PHP UK is one of my favourite conferences. The organisers recently released the videos of all sessions.

Super simple start to serverless
Kent C. Dodds guides us through creating our first function on Netlify.

20 unknown gems of Laravel
KH. Jebran Ali lists a few cool Laravel tricks

Keep your assets Prettier on every commit
Sebastian wrote a short post on how to configure Husky to run Prettier on every commit.

The end of Extended Validation certificates
Mattias Geniar argues that you shouldn't buy extended validation certificates.

Meanwhile on Twitter

On Twitter I see a bunch of people regularly tweeting very nice code snippets.

Easy chunking in Laravel

Isset can accept multiple variables

Useful links from the archives

Doing less
This is probably the most important blogpost I wrote last year.

Building a sortable component with Vue.js
Adam Wathan recently livestreamed how he built a renderless sortable component around Shopify's draggable library.

PHPStorm tips for power users
My colleague Brent, PHPStorm's biggest supporter, wrote another nice blogpost about his favourite IDE.

Project from Hell
Project failures is a WordPress blog with horror stories of project that have terribly gone wrong. 

Why is everybody wearing headphones?
Andreas Creten, co-founder of madewithlove, wrote a good blogpost about a few aspects of their company culture.

Videos of PHP UK Conference 2018 have been released
PHP UK Conference is a fantastic event that I had the pleasure of visiting these past three years. 

Building Blocks
Steven Vandevelde wrote a beautifully illustrated post on some cool functional concepts.

Heres how React's new context API works
Wes Bos, one of the best online teachers around, published a new video where he explains what the React's new context API entails.

Certificate Transparency, an introduction
Scott Helme, creator of, wrote a good introduction to certificate transparency.

Learn to create an RSS Feed from scratch in Laravel
Over at Laravel News Paul Redmond, author of Docker for PHP developers, wrote a good post on how to use our RSS package to add a feed to a Laravel app.

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