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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Watch the recording of Laravel Meetup #1

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

Yesterday, the very first Laravel Worldwide Meetup was held. At the event, which was live streamed on YouTube, Joseph Silber gave an introduction to lazy collections. Mohamed Said demonstrated some very powerful additions coming to queues in Laravel 8.

You can watch a recording of the meetup below.

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Introducing Laravel Schedule Monitor

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 12 minute read

Since version 5, Laravel has a built-in scheduler to perform tasks at regular intervals. In normal circumstances, these scheduled tasks will run just fine.

Out of the box, Laravel doesn't offer a way to see the status of the scheduled tasks. When did they run, how long did a task run, which tasks did throw an exception?

Laravel Schedule Monitor is a new Spatie package that monitors all schedule tasks in a Laravel app. In this blog post, I'd like to introduce the package to you.


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Announcing the Laravel Beyond CRUD video course and book

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 4 minute read

I'm proud to announce our team is creating a new video course called Laravel Beyond CRUD. In this course, you'll learn various patterns to build a large scale Laravel app with your team. Even if you're not working on large Laravel apps, there are lots of things to learn to improve your projects.

This course will be offered as a premium video course, and as a book. The course will be presented by Brent, who is in the lead at various large scale client projects at Spatie. The book, also written by Brent, is beautifully designed by my colleague Seb.

At the Laravel Beyond CRUD website, you can subscribe to our email list. We'll notify you as soon as the course is available in September. We'll also mail you an extra preview.

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Announcing the Laravel Worldwide Meetup

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

I'm happy to announce the official Laravel Worldwide Meetup. This monthly meetup will be streamed via YouTube. The first edition will be held on 14th July at 18:00 UTC.

There is a select group of people, sometimes jokingly referred to as "The Elite" that you often see speaking at Laracons and other events. Even though you will probably see some of these fine artisans on the stream, the main goal of this meetup is to introduce new speakers to the community.

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Adding try/catch to Laravel collections

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 6 minute read

A few weeks ago, Jmac tweeted out an excellent idea. What if we could use try and catch in a collection chain?

Meanwhile, Jmac and I did a few code pairing sessions to work on a possible implementation. We've added try and catch methods to the laravel-collection-macros package.

In this blog post, I'd like to share what you can do with these methods and how they work under the hood.

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A package to schedule Artisan commands at sub-minute frequencies

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

Laravel's native scheduler allows you to schedule Artisan commands to run every minute. For a project I'm working on I needed to schedule a command to run every few seconds. I found a good solution to do this using an ReactPHP powered event loop. Because this solution could be helpful for others as well, I decided to package it up.

Using the laravel-short-schedule package, you can schedule artisan commands to run every second or even lower frequencies. In this blogpost I'd like to introduce the package.

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Improving readability by decreasing indentation

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 1 minute read

Readability of code can be vastly improved by decreasing indentation. In this video we'll reverse conditions and early returns to accomplish this. If you want to see more videos like this one, head over to the video section at Spatie.

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Learn how to create PHP and Laravel packages using our new premium video course

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 4 minute read

Together with my colleagues at Spatie, we have produced over 200 packages with more than 75 million downloads in total.

We learned a lot by quality packages like laravel-permission, laravel-backup, browsershot, laravel-medialibrary, and many more. We feel we have a pretty good workflow to produce reliable, readable, and maintainable packages.

We want to share the knowledge we have built up over the year with you in our new premium video course, titled Laravel Package Training.

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How we created over 200 PHP and Laravel packages

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 15 minute read

I work at and co-own a company named Spatie, which specializes in creating large Laravel applications for our clients. Our team is rather small: we consist of only 10 people. At first glance we are a software development company like there are so many others. But there’s one thing that sets our company apart: we have an open source first policy. We try to create and contribute to open source as much as possible.

Currently we have around 200 open source repositories on GitHub. Our packages have been downloaded nearly 75 million times. They are being downloaded 4,5 million times each month. Probably we will hit 100 million downloads by the end of this year.

We've also just released our premium video course, titled Laravel Package Training. In this course, we use our experience to teach you how to build reliable and maintainable packages.

This all did not happen overnight. Read on to learn the story behind our open source efforts.

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An unopinionated package to make Laravel apps tenant aware

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 9 minute read

Today we released a package to make Laravel apps tenant aware, called laravel-multitenancy. The philosophy of this package is that it should only provide the bare essentials to enable multitenancy.

The package can determine which tenant should be the current tenant for the request. It also allows you to define what should happen when switching the current tenant to another one.

It works for multitenancy projects that need to use one or multiple databases.

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

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Building a realtime dashboard powered by Laravel, Livewire and Tailwind (2020 edition)

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 23 minute read

At Spatie we have a TV screen against the wall that displays a dashboard. This dashboard displays the tasks our team should be working on, important events in the near future, which tasks each of our team members should be working on, what music they are listening to, and so on. Here's what it looks like:


This dashboard is built using our laravel-dashboard package. It will allow you to built a similar dashboard in no time.

In this blogpost I'd like to walk you through both the dashboard and the package.

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Mixing event sourcing in a traditional Laravel app

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 9 minute read

Together with my colleague Brent, I'm working on designing the architecture of a massive Laravel application. In that application, we'll have traditional parts and event sourced parts. In this blog post, I'd like to give a practical example of how we think to achieve this.

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