80 Laravel Tutorials, Packages, and Resources from 2016
Laravel Tutorials / December 30, 2016

80 Laravel Tutorials, Packages, and Resources from 2016

As 2016 is coming to a close it’s a great time to look back on the year and see just how much progress has been made. Laravel had a busy year with 5.3 being released, Laracon, updates to all the components, and now gearing up for the Laravel 5.4 release. To look back on the …

LaraChat Launches a New Site
News / December 29, 2016

LaraChat Launches a New Site

LaraChat, the Laravel Slack community, launched a new website that makes it easy to signup for the chat, a section archive for their video roundtable discussions, and more. LaraChat’s goal is to make it easy for you to meet other developers, share knowledge, ask questions, and just hang out. Launched almost a year ago LaraChat … Continue reading LaraChat Launches a New Site... Read more…

How to Use Old Versions of Laravel Homestead
Laravel Tutorials / December 29, 2016

How to Use Old Versions of Laravel Homestead

There are two parts to Homestead: the Vagrant box and the Homestead source code (Homestead app). The Homestead Vagrant box is a snapshot of a preconfigured virtual machine ready to use. This saves you from having to spend time installing things such as PHP, NGINX, etc. We use the Laravel Settler repo to build the … Continue reading How to Use Old Versions of Larave... Read more…

Run PHPUnit Tests From Sublime Text
Development Tools / December 28, 2016

Run PHPUnit Tests From Sublime Text

Sublime Text is a great editor. It’s lightweight, fast, and extremely customizable. However, one downside to it compared to a full blown IDE is it doesn’t come with support for running your PHPUnit tests directly from the test class you are working with. To solve this problem, Adam Wathan created and released a free package … Continue reading Run PHPUnit Tests From Sublime Text... Read more…

Laravel Dusk Is Coming to Laravel 5.4
Laravel 5.4 / December 27, 2016

Laravel Dusk Is Coming to Laravel 5.4

When you write end-to-end tests, Laravel provides a set of useful helper methods which make it easy to click a link, fill an input field, or submit a form. Under the hood, Laravel uses the Symfony BrowserKit component to simulate the behavior of the web browser. However, if your app uses JavaScript and AJAX to … Continue reading Laravel Dusk Is Coming to Laravel 5.4Read more…

Deployments, Backups and Cron Scheduling (sponsor)
Sponsor / December 26, 2016

Deployments, Backups and Cron Scheduling (sponsor)

Are you deploying your sites through FTP or SFTP and are tired of it taking forever? Deploy-Tantra is the answer by automating your deployments by watching your repo and then automatically deploying once you push to your desired branch. Deploy-Tantra takes care of your deployments, backups, and CRON scheduling so that you can save time … Continue reading Deployments, Backups and Cron... Read more…

Laravel Elixir Will Be Renamed To Laravel Mix
Laravel 5.4 / December 23, 2016

Laravel Elixir Will Be Renamed To Laravel Mix

Laravel Elixir first came out in October of 2014 and aimed to make automating concatenation, and general file watching easier than setting it up manually. Built on top of Gulp as a wrapper to remove all the difficult parts it has been a popular addition to Laravel. The next version of Laravel Elixir is changing … Continue reading Laravel Elixir Will Be Renamed To Larav... Read more…

Just-In-Time Knowledge: How to learn what you need to know and forget the rest
Career / December 21, 2016

Just-In-Time Knowledge: How to learn what you need to know and forget the rest

Technology—including the web—moves insanely fast. It can be intimidating (often annoyingly so) to try to not only consume the content constantly served to us, but also retain it. After all, isn’t the point of sharing information to learn from it? This just-in-time knowledge can be an unfriendly reminder that, no matter how hard we try, … Continue reading Just-In-Tim... Read more…

Build Custom Admin Panels With Backpack for Laravel
Laravel Packages / December 20, 2016

Build Custom Admin Panels With Backpack for Laravel

Backpack for Laravel is a collection of packages which allows you to create admin panels for any web app quickly. It provides a set of useful packages divided into three categories that will make the process of creating a highly customizable admin panel easier. Installation The fastest way to take a look at Backpack is … Continue reading Build Custom Admin Panels With Backpack for La... Read more…

Ottomatik – Super Simple Backups (sponsor)
Sponsor / December 19, 2016

Ottomatik – Super Simple Backups (sponsor)

Ottomatik is a service to automatically backup your files and databases on schedule and off-site. You can also bring your own S3 account for unlimited backup storage and fully control your data. Some of the features of Ottomatik include: MySQL Backup & Restore The MySQL Backup & Restore features allow you to create a routine … Continue reading Ottomatik – Super Simple Backups... Read more…