Tools to automatically format PHP, JavaScript and CSS files

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

When working on a project with other people, it's important to pick a coding standard. A coding standard like PSR-2 in the PHP world specifies rules on where certain characters, like braces of an if statement, or comma's should be put. Agreeing on a coding standard makes the code more readable for…

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laravel-backup v6 has been released

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 4 minute read

laravel-backup is a Laravel package that can backup your application. It can create a zip containing a dump of your database together with other files that you can select. Using the power of Laravel's filesystem abstraction this zip can than be uploaded to one or more remote filesystems. The package…

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Preventing spam submitted through forms

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

When adding a form to a public site, there's a risk that spam bots will try to submit it with fake values. We recently released a new package, called laravel-honeypot, that can detect these spammy requests. How honeypots work # The majority of spam bots are pretty dumb. You can thwart most of them…

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A recap of 2018

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 9 minute read

Now that 2018 is coming to a close, a lot of awesome people have written a recap post. Here's mine! The most significant change on a personal level is that my girlfriend an I bought a house in Ghent. Together with our two kids, we moved this summer, and we now live in an awesome house that's very…

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Handcrafting mocks

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 7 minute read

In an application I was working on I wanted to implement automated tweets. Of course, this logic should also be tested. In this blogpost I'd like to show you how you can easily handcraft your own mocks. Setting things up # Let's first take a look at how you can tweet something in PHP. We're going to…

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Configuring PhpStorms code generation

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 4 minute read

I've been using PhpStorm for quite some time now, but never took the effort to fix a few minor annoyances I had with it. Getting rid of the default comment for new PHP files # First up, when creating a new PHP file or class you PhpStorm will add this comment block like this by default: /** * Created…

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Failing gracefully on stage

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 1 minute read

Here's a video of Surma having technical problems while presenting his State of Houdini talk. Luckily Jake Archibald and others "help" him out ? No matter how well you prepare a talk, you can always have technical difficulties. If you handle the failure gracefully, the public won't mind.…

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A better way to register routes in Laravel

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

Let's take a look at how you can define routes to controllers in Laravel. By default you can do it like this: Route::get('my-route', 'MyController@index'); This will look for the MyController class in the App\Http\Controllers namespace. This default namespace is set up in Laravel's…

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How PHP conferences can be improved

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 10 minute read

The past few years I visited and spoke at a lot of PHP conferences. PHP Benelux, Laracon EU and US, PHP UK Conference, PHP World are only a few of the conferences I thoroughly enjoyed. Visiting those conferences can be recommended to anyone interested in PHP. Regardless of which level you're at…

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Calling an invokable in an instance variable

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

Invokables in PHP are classes that you can use as a function. They have been around since PHP 5.3 and have many interesting use cases. Here's a quick example. class Invokable { public function __invoke() { echo 'I have been invoked'; } } You can use it like this: // outputs 'I have been invoked'…

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Making Nova fields translatable

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 5 minute read

Laravel Nova is cool package to quickly create admin interfaces in a Laravel app. Unfortunately there's no support for multiple locales out of the box. A while ago we published a package called nova-translatable that makes any of the built in field types translatable. Using the package # In order to…

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Our packages have been downloaded 20 million times

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

At Spatie we do a lot of open source work. You can find a list of our packages on the open source section of our website. I'm proud to share that, according to Packagist, the Spatie packages have now been downloaded over 20 million times. The rate at which they are being downloaded is growing too.…

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Easily switch PHP versions in Laravel Valet

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 2 minute read

Besides enjoying some greenfield work, we often have to work on legacy projects at Spatie too. Sometimes those projects don't run on the latest PHP version. I this blogpost I'd like to show you a way to switch PHP version easily when using Laravel Valet. (I know you could also use Docker or…

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Searching models using a where like query in Laravel

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 5 minute read

For a project I'm working on I needed to build a lightweight, pragmatic search. In this blogpost I'd like to go over my solution. Searching Eloquent models # Imagine you need to provide a search for users. Using Eloquent you can perform a search like this: User::query() ->where('name', 'LIKE',…

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My current setup (2018 edition)

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 8 minute read

After tweeting out a screenshot, it often get questions around which editor, font or color scheme I'm using. Instead of replying to those questions individually I've decided to just write down the settings and apps that I'm using. IDE # I mainly program PHP. Mostly I develop in PhpStorm. Here's a…

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Use custom html components in your Blade views

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 7 minute read

Today we launched our newest package called BladeX. In short this package provides you with an easy html like way to render custom html components in your Blade views. In this blogpost I'd like to introduce the package to you. A first example # When building a server rendered app you're probably…

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Introducing BladeX View Models

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

Earlier today we released BladeX, a package that allows you to use Blade components using a Vue inspired syntax. Read all about it in my previous blogpost. In the latest North Meets South podcast Jacob and Michael discussed BladeX and wondered if the package could be married with view models or…

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