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New Book: Laravel Up and Running
Laravel Books / November 23, 2016

New Book: Laravel Up and Running

Matt Stauffer who has been blogging about Laravel since the 5.0 release, the host of the Laravel Podcast, and partner and technical director at Tighten.co has been working on a new Laravel book, Laravel: Up & Running, published by O’Reilly. Here are a few of the topics this book covers: Blade, Laravel’s powerful custom templating …

Getting started with Watson Personality Insights
Laravel Tutorials / November 22, 2016

Getting started with Watson Personality Insights

One of the most important things as a business owner is being able to understand your customers’ needs and wants; such that you are able to offer them a personalized experience. This works great if you know your customers on a personal level, but what if you don’t? Imagine you are the owner of a …

Laravel 5.4: JSON Based Language Files
Laravel 5.4 / November 21, 2016

Laravel 5.4: JSON Based Language Files

One of the most wanted requests we receive at Laravel is introducing better support for multilingual web applications, there are already packages out there that add some nice functionality to Laravel for better handling of multilingual projects requirements, but one of the painful issues when building such applications is managing translation keys. In previous versions …

Does caffeine actually boost performance?
Career / November 19, 2016

Does caffeine actually boost performance?

Raise your hand if you get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night. For most of us, we’re feeling pretty fortunate if we get around six. Since we’re constantly operating on not-enough, many of us use coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help keep us awake and alert. How healthy is it for us, …

Can Frameworks lead to tribalism among developers
Opinion / November 18, 2016

Can Frameworks lead to tribalism among developers

In the modern world of web development, it is common practice to make use of frameworks for building large scale applications instead of starting from scratch. This approach allows us developers, to concentrate on solving problems related to the application and let the framework worry about the heavy lifting. These frameworks have been well tested …

Export from MySQL Workbench to a Laravel Migration
Development Tools / November 18, 2016

Export from MySQL Workbench to a Laravel Migration

MySQL Workbench is a cross-platform GPL app that allows you to fully design and document your databases through the app. Brandon Eckenrode, created a plugin that allows you to export a MySQL Workbench model to Laravel 5 migrations that follow PSR-2 coding standards. When exported, each migration is generated and saved in its own, properly …

Laravel Spark Open Sources its Integration Tests
Laravel Tutorials / November 17, 2016

Laravel Spark Open Sources its Integration Tests

Spark is a commercial Laravel package that provides scaffolding for quickly setting up a SaaS app and more. Spark was officially released back in April, and they have just made available a repository holding all the integration tests. Even if you are not a Spark customer, this can be useful as a learning resource to …

Export from Sequel Pro to a Laravel Migration
Development Tools / November 16, 2016

Export from Sequel Pro to a Laravel Migration

The two primary ways developers create their database scheme is either by building migrations first or building out their database structure in a tool like Sequel Pro first, then once they are happy, create the migrations. If you are in the second camp and use Sequel Pro, Colin Viebrock created a Laravel Migration exporter tool …

Laravel Blade Components and Slots are coming to 5.4
Laravel 5.4 / November 15, 2016

Laravel Blade Components and Slots are coming to 5.4

A new feature coming to Laravel 5.4 is the ability for you to add Components and Slots to Blade templates. This feature was inspired by Vue.js and allows you to simplify building HTML elements into reusable areas. In most applications you have a master layout and then sub views that extend it: // layouts/app.blade.php <!DOCTYPE …

​Rindle – Workflow automation made simple (sponsor)
Sponsor / November 14, 2016

​Rindle – Workflow automation made simple (sponsor)

Wouldn’t it be great to have a personal task management app that integrates with the tools you already use, allowing you to seamlessly view all of your tasks on one screen? Rindle does this and more, making it easier than ever to keep your day organized. Your tasks are everywhere: email, to-do apps, project management apps, and …