From time to time I need to remove all history from a GitHub repository, for instance right before releasing a package I've worked on in private. Sometimes I don't want people to see all mistakes I've made along the way :-).
For many years we've relied on Travis to run the tests of our packages. For projects we used Circle CI. Recently we moved this responsibility from Travis and Circle CI to GitHub actions. In this blogpost I'd like to explain why and how we did this.
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In this video I demonstrate how to you can create a fluent API by using pending objects. We'll take a look at how subscribers can be created in Mailcoach. As a bonus I explain how jobs are dispatched using a pending object in Laravel.
These are my 10 favourite albums which were released in 2019, alphabetically sorted.
On the subscribers screens of the Mailcoach, you can filter out the subscribers that have a certain status, you can search and sort them.
My team and I are currently building Mailcoach, a self-hosted solution to easily send out newsletters and email campaigns. In this video, I live code a new small feature.
This video was created unrehearsed and I didn't make any edits. So you can see every mistake that I made along the way.
In PHP 7.4, two new features were introduced that I'd like to use in my packages and projects: short closures and typed properties. Even though an IDE can help with converting to the new syntax, I'd don't want to manually hunt down all the places where the new syntax can be used. Lucky there's a tool that can do this work automatically.
A while ago, I created an easy to use framework agnostic PHP package to read and write CSV and Excel files called spatie/simple-excel. Behind the scenes, generators are used to ensure low memory usage, even when working with large files. Today I added a method that allows you to stream CSV files to the browser. In this small blog post, I'd like to demonstrate how you can use it.
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).
In this small blog post, I'd like to give you a couple of tips to make your Artisan commands better.
For a couple of projects I needed to read and write a couple of very large Excel and CSV files. I didn't find a good package that does this so I decided to create one myself. Under the hood it uses generators, so memory usage will remain low, even when working with large files.
In this blogpost I'd like to walk you through spatie/simple-excel.
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.
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.