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newsletter #55

Hi, welcome to the 55th newsletter! 

We hit 10 million PHP package downloads
For the past few years Spatie, the company where I work, has released many Laravel and PHP packages. Last week we hit an important mark.

Responsive images done right
Our team is currently prepping a new version of our medialibrary. One of the highlights is support for responsive images. 

Build a newsletter chatbot in PHP
On his blog Christoph Rumpel explains how you, using BotMan, can create a bot where users can subscribe to content updates.

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Meet the community: PHPUK 2018
Allround awesome dude Frederick Vanbrabant and I recently were at the excellent PHP UK Conference. There Frederick did some nice interviews with members of the community.

Value objects like a pro
On the Hackernoon site Nicolò Pignatelli wrote a good guide on how to write Value objects in a good way.

A summary of what's been happening recently in the PHP world
Nathan Dench, organiser of the Brisbane PHP meetup, wrote a good summary of what's been happening in PHP land recently. - Provision and Deploy Laravel Applications (sponsored link)
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Build User Interfaces by Composing CSS Utility Classes with Tailwind
Simon Vrachliotis recorded a free video course on the kickass Tailwind CSS framework.

Videos of the phpCE conference have been released
phpCE 2017 was held last november in Rawa Mazowiecka in Poland. The organisers recently released videos of all the talks. 

7 Practical Tips for Cheating at Design
On their mutual Medium blog, Adam Wathan & Steve Schoger published an excellent post that offers 7 actionable tips to make your stuff look better.

Beyond React 16
Today at the JSConf in Iceland, React core developer Dan Abramov demonstrated some very cool features that will soon land in React.

10 Tips for Javascript Debugging Like a PRO with Console
console.log isn't the only command that can help you debug JS. 

Write tests. Not too many. Mostly integration
At the assert(js) 2018 conference, Kent C. Dodds dissects the famous tweet by Guillermo Rauch: Write tests. Not too many. Mostly integration.

How to Ruin a Career in 10 Easy Minutes
Here's a video of an excellent talk by Chris Hartjens he recently gave at NomadPHP.

Take the power back
Don't only read, also write!

Meanwhile on Twitter

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

Performing data migrations inside a db migration

Blade components are pretty cool for scoped-slot-like stuff

Useful links from the archives

Our postcard collection
All our packages are MIT-licensed. But if you use our stuff and want to make us happy, we highly appreciate a postcard from your hometown.

An easy to use server monitor written in PHP
We all dream of servers that need no maintenance at all. But unfortunately in reality this is not the case. 

Non-breaking, SEO Friendly Url's in Laravel
Sebastian De Deyne, author of many Spatie packages, posted a new blog article on how to generate SEO Friendly Urls in Laravel.

Shipping Docker, a video tutorial series on Docker
Chris Fidao, the hero behind, and Deploy PHP!, created a new video course called Shipping Docker.

Symfony Routing performance considerations
On his blog Frank De Jonge explains how he solved a performance problem in one of his projects.

Why I'm frequently absent from open source
James Long gives some solid advice: always keep in mind that there are a lot of things that are more important than coding.

How I Got From 0 to 1 000 Stars on GitHub in Three Months With My Open Source Side Project
Ondřej Mirtes, author of PHPStan lists some great tips to make a side project succesful.

An Animated Intro to RxJS
On css-tricks David Khourshid wrote a good introduction to RxJS.

Breaking conventions with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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