Sending a welcome notification to new users of a Laravel app

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 7 minute read

My team and I currently building Mailcoach, a solution to self-host newsletters and email campaigns. In Mailcoach you can create new users to use the app.

How should these new users be onboarded? The easy way out would be to send these new users a default password reset notification to those users, but that isn't a good first experience. The default auth scaffold by Laravel doesn't help us here: it only contains functionality to log in and to let users register themselves.

To onboard new users created by other users, I've created a package called laravel-welcome-notification which can send a welcome notification to new users that allows them to set an initial password.

In this blogpost I'd like to explain how you can use the package).

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Expect quick tips & tricks, interesting tutorials, opinions and packages. Because I work with Laravel every day there is an emphasis on that framework.

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Getting started with Domain Oriented Laravel

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 1 minute read

A couple of days ago my colleague Brent published a blogpost on Domain Oriented Laravel. In short, he makes the case for organising your code around business concepts or features. That might sound very "heavy" or daunting, but it's actually for easy to get started with.

In this short video I explain how you can use PhpStorm to refactor your code. Make up your own mind if you need this in your projects.

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The mixin PHP DocBlock

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 5 minute read

When using PHP, you've probably used DocBlocks. They can be used to add additional information that can't be inferred by looking at the source code alone. DocBlocks can be used by IDEs, like PhpStorm, to improve autocomplete suggestions.

In this blogpost, I'd like to highlight a not so well known DocBlock: mixin.

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A package that adds resource links to your Laravel API resources

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

At Spatie we have several projects where the UI is rendered using JavaScript (we're big fans of Inertia). The backend and routes are defined in the Laravel app. The backend sends information to the frontend using API resources.

We often add the available routes the frontend can use as links property on the resource. To avoid having to add all routes manually, my colleague Ruben released a package, called laravel-resource-links that can automatically add resource links to the API resource.

In this post, I'd like to introduce the package to you.

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Event store optimizations in laravel-event-sourcing

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 5 minute read

About a year ago, we released laravel-event-projector. It focused on adding projectors, an important concept in event sourcing, to Laravel.

After the release of the package, we continually kept improving it. We added aggregates, a way to test those, a brand new section in the our documentation that explains event sourcing from scratch, and DX improvements all across the board.

We now feel confident that the package is a good starting point for getting started with event sourcing in Laravel. That's why we're renaming the package to laravel-event-sourcing.

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Watch the Flare reveal live

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

These past eight months Marcel Pociot, me and our teams at Beyond Code and Spatie have been working on a secret project called Flare. We believe that Flare is going to change the way you work with Laravel. To be kept in the loop subscribe to our mailinglist.

We are going to launch it this Friday at Laracon EU at 16.30 local time (15:30 CET). The Laravel News YouTube channel will live stream the launch. You can watch the stream right below.

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Supercharging common controllers

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

From time to time our team needs to create fairly complicated CRUD interfaces from scratch. While this isn't rocket science, there surprisingly aren't that many good resource out there on how to do this. That's why our team dove in and published a couple of packages that can help create modern CRUD…

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Implementing event sourcing: testing aggregates

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 4 minute read

Earlier this year we released v2 of laravel-event-sourcing. This package is probably the easiest way to getting started with event sourcing in Laravel. A significant feature of v2 was the addition of aggregates.

Today we released another new version of the package that adds test methods. These methods allow you to verify if the aggregate behaves correctly. In this post, I'll show you an example and explain how the test methods are implemented.

These test methods were inspired by the awesome testing methods Frank De Jonge made in his Eventsauce package.

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How to add webmentions to a Laravel powered blog

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 8 minute read

The comment section of this blog used to be powered by Disqus. At its core, Disqus works pretty well. But I don't like the fact that it pulls in a lot of JavaScript to make it work. It's also not the prettiest UI. I've recently replaced Disqus comments with webmentions. If you reply to, like or…

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Going serverless with Hugo and Netlify

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 5 minute read

Our team releases a lot of open source packages. All of our packages are well documented. For the smaller packages, we use a simple readme on GitHub. The bigger packages, like medialibrary and event projector get documented on our documentation site. We recently moved our site from a Digital Ocean…

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How to handle front-end authorization using Laravel, Inertia and TypeScript

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 6 minute read

Recently Jeffrey Way published a video titled "Frontend Authorization Brainstorming" on Laracasts. In that video, he shows three ways of passing authorization results to the front-end.

Currently I'm working on a big project that uses Inertia, React and TypeScript. In this blog post, I won't cover those things in detail, but I'd like to show you have we, using those technologies, pass authorization (and routes) to the front-end.

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