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Minio: An Open-Source S3 Compliant Storage Service
Development Tools / August 03, 2017

Minio: An Open-Source S3 Compliant Storage Service

Have you ever wanted a local version of Amazon S3 while developing Laravel applications? Well want no more, Minio is an open-source distributed object storage server built in Golang. The best part: Minio is Amazon S3 compatible. Let’s go through setting up Minio locally and then try out the new temporaryUrl() method introduced in Laravel v5.4.31.

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A Roundup of Laravel Testing Resources and Packages
Development Tools / July 11, 2017

A Roundup of Laravel Testing Resources and Packages

With all of the benefits of testing, it’s still challenging to continually test applications. If you are looking to start learning how to test Laravel applications or you want to expand your skills here is a list of great resources to help you.

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Manage your Laravel Forge Servers from iOS with Anvil
Development Tools / May 10, 2017

Manage your Laravel Forge Servers from iOS with Anvil

Anvil is a new iOS app created by Zack Warren that allows you to manage your Laravel Forge Servers through you iPhone or iPad.

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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

Taylor Otwell recently 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …