Laracon Online – Last Day For Early Bird Tickets
Laracon / February 22, 2017

Laracon Online – Last Day For Early Bird Tickets

Today is the last chance for you to join over 3,000 developers and get an early bird ticket to Laracon Online for just $10. Each ticket purchase includes access to the live event video, conference swag, and a special Slack channel for hanging out and mingling during the event. With your ticket, you can sit …

Laravel 5.5 Will Be The Next LTS Release
Laravel 5.5 / February 20, 2017

Laravel 5.5 Will Be The Next LTS Release

Version 5.1 was Laravel’s first LTS release and its two-year window of bug fixes are coming to an end this year. There have been a few people questioning if another LTS would be released and version 5.5 would be the next in line if it did happen. Just today Laravel announced on Twitter that Laravel …

Easily Create Stripe Tokens and Cards For Testing
Laravel Packages / February 20, 2017

Easily Create Stripe Tokens and Cards For Testing

When you are building a payment flow with Stripe there are a lot of different flows for you to test. These include successful charges and a plethora of failed options. Such as invalid CVC, invalid address, expired cards, declines, and more. To make testing all these different flows easier, Jacob Bennett created a StripeTestToken package …

Stripe Elements – A set of pre-built components to easily accept credit cards
News / February 18, 2017

Stripe Elements – A set of pre-built components to easily accept credit cards

Stripe Elements is a recently launched set of pre-built UI components that allows you to securely collect credit card details. This is designed to make taking credit cards easier than ever. Here is a screenshot of the component: Previously, with Stripe.js you had to build your form by including all the input fields, validation, and …

Handling Conflict: How to Talk to Your Coworker
Career / February 17, 2017

Handling Conflict: How to Talk to Your Coworker

Turning Conflict to Conversation Conflict is a natural part of any relationship, especially those people we spend the majority of our time with. It’s no surprise, then, we might occasionally find ourselves in conflict with our coworkers. As uncomfortable as those moments of tension can be, they can be as beneficial as they are inevitable. …

Laravel Collections “when” Method
Laravel 5.4 / February 16, 2017

Laravel Collections “when” Method

Starting at v5.4.12, Laravel Collections now includes a when method that allows you to perform conditional actions on the items without breaking the chain. Like all the other Laravel Collection methods this one can have a lot of use cases but one example that comes to mind is being able to filter based on a …

Request Object Changes in Lumen 5.4
News / February 15, 2017

Request Object Changes in Lumen 5.4

A couple of weeks ago the Lumen core team managed to fix an issue with the request object when being called in unit tests, before the fix the request appears to be empty and all input data were not present in unit tests. The problem was related to how Lumen is bootstrapped, simply put, the …

Testing Partial JSON Responses with Laravel
Laravel 5.4 / February 15, 2017

Testing Partial JSON Responses with Laravel

Laravel provides many useful helpers for testing your application and it has great support for testing HTTP testing through its fluent API. A feature added to v5.4.10 is a new assertJsonFragment method that allows you to look for a specific fragment instead of the whole JSON response. Here is a quick example to show how …

Review: Refactoring to Collections
Laravel Books / February 14, 2017

Review: Refactoring to Collections

“Never write another loop again.” A strong promo sentence used by Adam Wathan to market his Refactoring to Collections book, but does it hold the promise? Well, together we will explore how close that claim is to reality. If you are a Laravel developer, chances are you’ve heard about the collection pipeline before. While I …

Laravel Collection “tap” Method
Laravel 5.4 / February 13, 2017

Laravel Collection “tap” Method

Laravel 5.4.10 introduces a new tap method on collections which allow you to “tap” into the collection at a specific point and do something with the results while not affecting the main collection. This feature is best described through examples and let’s pretend you have the following array: $items = [ [‘name’ => ‘David Charleston’, …