In this section you can read posts I've written myself.

Strategies for making Laravel packages customizable

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 10 minute read

While attending Laracon India, many people approached me to ask how we handle the maintenance of all our Spatie packages. One of the ways we keep maintenance burden low is by making our packages customizable. In this blog post, I'd like to cover some of our best tips to make a Laravel package easy…

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The making of the WWSD videos

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

We published a fun series of videos as a promo for our Black Friday sales. These videos are inspired by the more recent apple announcement videos. Let's take a look behind the scenes to see how they were made! The WWSD videos We used WWSD to name our week of Black Friday discounts. It stands for…

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Laravel and PHP developers to follow on Mastodon

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 5 minute read

I love Twitter and I will be there until the ship goes down. Unfortunately, there are some strong signals that it may go away for a while or even permanently. I surely hope it doesn't come to that.

Through years of curating people to follow, I've built a very nice, positive group of people I admire and get inspired by. If Twitter goes down, I want to stay following these people (in a non-creepy way, rest assured). That's why I've already created a Mastadon account, and am looking around for the positive Laravel and PHP vibes there.

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Introducing PHP 8.2: all new features and changes

Original – by Ruben Van Assche – 9 minute read

PHP 8.2 has been released. It is a minor release compared to 8.0 and 8.1. This can be partly attributed to the departure of Nikita Popov as one of the most significant contributors to the PHP language. The PHP language has a lot of maintainers and isn't built by one person, but Nikita was one of the most active of them. Features like union types, typed properties, named arguments, and arrow functions, to name a few, were all added by Nikita.

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