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Manage your Laravel Forge Sites and Servers through Alfred
Development Tools / April 14, 2017

Manage your Laravel Forge Sites and Servers through Alfred

Since the release of the Forge API developers have started creating a lot of apps and integrations, as well as an unofficial SDK. For those that use Alfred on the Mac, Vince Mitchell, launched a Workflow so you can quickly run many Forge commands right from your desktop. Some of the commands include: forge key …

Quickly Run PHPUnit Tests in PhpStorm
Development Tools / April 12, 2017

Quickly Run PHPUnit Tests in PhpStorm

PhpStorm has loads of features and it’s extremely powerful, however, it can be difficult finding new options that will speed up workflow. A few months ago we covered a Sublime Text Package for automatically running your PHPUnit tests and by using a keyboard shortcut it drastically reduces the time it takes to run them. The …

PhpStorm Improves Support for Laravel Blade
Development Tools / March 23, 2017

PhpStorm Improves Support for Laravel Blade

PhpStorm just released version 2017.1 and it includes many improvements including support for Codeception, PhpUnit 6.0, and more PHP 7.x features. Beyond these, it also adds support for @includeWhen, @component and @slot directives and PHPDoc through Blade injections. Here is a screenshot showing the PhpDoc for Blade files: For the full details on this release …

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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Checking the Code Complexity of your App
Development Tools / January 10, 2017

Checking the Code Complexity of your App

Yesterday, Taylor made a post comparing the code complexity between Laravel and other frameworks. The tool he used to generate these reports is called phploc and it’s very easy to run on your own code base. I decided as a means of comparison I would run that on the codebase for this site and just … Continue reading Checking the Code Complexity of your App

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Bear: Beautiful Note Taking App for iPhone, iPad and Mac
Development Tools / January 07, 2017

Bear: Beautiful Note Taking App for iPhone, iPad and Mac

I am a fiddly writer. I store all of my written prose as text files in Dropbox. Not only are my writings saved for many future generations, but I am not locked into any particular writing ecosystem. I can switch between various writing apps (which happens often) with ease. Hopefully, these small details on how … Continue reading Bear: Beautiful N... 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 Valet for Ubuntu Linux
Development Tools / December 10, 2016

Laravel Valet for Ubuntu Linux

With Laravel Valet for Ubuntu, you get all the features of Valet on the Mac tuned and ready for your Linux machine.

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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 … Continue reading Read more…

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 … Continue reading Export from Seq... Read more…

Get your IDE ready for Halloween with the Dracula Theme
Development Tools / October 27, 2016

Get your IDE ready for Halloween with the Dracula Theme

Halloween is just a few days away and the dark Dracula theme is a great way to get your development environment ready. Here is a screenshot with it installed with Atom: It supports tons of popular tools like Sublime Text, Atom, PhpStorm, Vim, TextMate, and even has a Slack sidebar theme to match. Even though … Continue reading Get your IDE ready for Halloween with the Dracula... Read more…

Top 5 Programming Fonts
Development Tools / October 21, 2016

Top 5 Programming Fonts

Everyone has their ideal development setup, and many have spent countless hours customizing it to perfectly suit their needs. Outside of a color scheme, the next typical change is the font in use and every year new fonts are introduced giving us more to choose from than ever before. To find out what everyone is … Continue reading Top 5 Programming FontsRead more…