Deprecations for PHP 7.2
News / January 30, 2017

Deprecations for PHP 7.2

The PHP 7.2 RFC for deprecating some current functionality has been approved. The following items are included in this list and will begin throwing deprecated notices: __autoload The magic __autoload function has been superseded by spl_autoload_register in PHP 5.1 and its use discouraged in the documentation. One primary advantage of spl_autoload_register() is the ability to …

Laracon US is almost sold out
Laracon / January 26, 2017

Laracon US is almost sold out

This year’s Laracon is making it’s return to New York City and it’s almost sold out with only 70 tickets still available for purchase. The event will be held at New World Stages on July 25th and 26th and features the following speaker lineup with open speaker spots still available: Taylor Otwell – Laravel Creator …

PhpStorm EAP adds support for Blade Components and Slots
Development Tools / January 25, 2017

PhpStorm EAP adds support for Blade Components and Slots

JetBrains has just released PhpStorm 2017.1 EAP build (171.2613) and through the Laravel plugin, it now supports the new Laravel 5.4 components and slots feature.

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Laravel 5.4: Specified key was too long error
Laravel 5.4 / January 25, 2017

Laravel 5.4: Specified key was too long error

Laravel 5.4 made a change to the default database character set, and it’s now utf8mb4 which includes support for storing emojis. This only affects new applications and as long as you are running MySQL v5.7.7 and higher you do not need to do anything. For those running MariaDB or older versions of MySQL you may … Continue reading Laravel 5.4: Specified key was too... Read more…

Laravel 5.4 Is Now Released
Laravel 5.4 / January 24, 2017

Laravel 5.4 Is Now Released

Version 5.4 of Laravel is now officially released! This release has many new features, and improvements and here is quick video going over some of the highlights: Laravel Dusk Laravel Dusk is an end-to-end browser testing tool for JavaScript enabled applications. It aims to provide the right way to do page interaction tests, so you … Continue reading Laravel 5.4 Is Now Released... Read more…

Understand.io - Online Event and Log Management (Sponsor)
Sponsor / January 23, 2017

Understand.io - Online Event and Log Management (Sponsor)

Generating insight from your logs usually requires that you perform a search or manual scan. But this can be tedious and you need to be sure that you’re asking the right questions. Our recently released Anomaly Detection tool will automatically spot unexpected patterns and unusual activity in your logs, thereby surfacing issues without your intervention. … Continue reading... Read more…

Habits of Highly Productive Tech Teams
Career / January 20, 2017

Habits of Highly Productive Tech Teams

Are you holding three-hour team meetings that could be finished in 45 minutes? Or doing everything via Slack and never allowing your team to turn off notifications? Learn how to get your team to be more productive.

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PHP 5.6 Is No Longer Actively Supported
News / January 20, 2017

PHP 5.6 Is No Longer Actively Supported

As of yesterday, Jan 20th, 2017, PHP 5.6 will be no longer actively maintained, however It will still receive security fixes through December 31st, 2018. PHP 7.0 and 7.1 are the only two versions that will be actively maintained this year and Laravel 5.5 will require PHP 7.0 once it’s released which is scheduled for … Continue reading PHP 5.6 Is No Longer Actively Supported... Read more…

Automatically Making Monthly Payments with Dusk
Laravel Tutorials / January 19, 2017

Automatically Making Monthly Payments with Dusk

Laravel Dusk is a new feature coming to Laravel 5.4 and even though that release isn’t out, people have started using it. In fact, Jordan Dalton is now using it to automatically pay his monthly utility bill: Okay, so Laravel dusk is pretty amazing. The other day I was making my utility payment online which …

Laravel 5.4 Includes Two New Middleware
Laravel 5.4 / January 18, 2017

Laravel 5.4 Includes Two New Middleware

Laravel 5.4 is scheduled to be released next week, and it already includes many great new features, but the team was able to sneak in two new Middleware offerings. These are TrimStrings and ConvertEmptyStringsToNull. Trim Strings Middleware Just as the name suggests, the Trim Strings middleware will automatically trim all the request data so you … Continue reading Laravel 5.4 I... Read more…