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Community News:
Taylor Otwell AMA (Ask Me Anything)
Mar 28, 2016 @ 10:57:37

Taylor Otwell, the original creator of the Laravel framework, recently did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on the Hashnode site, answering questions from all around the world about anything and everything.

Taylor Otwell is the creator of Laravel PHP framework. He also created Lumen, Forge, and Envoyer. Shoot any questions you want Taylor to answer!

There's a huge list of questions asked covering a wide range of topics (and not just Laravel ones either):

  • Spark
  • VueJs
  • Beanstalkd vs Amazon SQS vs Redis
  • Thoughts on Docker
  • Why he chose to work as a developer
  • Forge improvements
  • How Laravel got to where it is today

As mentioned, there's plenty more questions where these came from to be sure to look through the entire post and check out the answers!

tagged: taylorotwell askmeanything ama interview hashnode community laravel forge envoyer

Link: https://hashnode.com/ama/with-taylor-otwell-cilmj90zh000k6t53il0rdgqp

Laravel News:
How To: Optimizing SSL on Laravel Forge
Jan 14, 2016 @ 09:27:59

On the Laravel News site there's a post showing you how to optimize your SSL support on Forge, the Laravel-related tool that makes creating and configuring servers simpler. The post focuses on a recently added feature to Forge, support for Let's Encrypt certificates, and other SSL optimizations.

Laravel Forge was recently to allow one-click installations of Let’s Encrypt certificates. It is now easier than ever to have your own SSL!

Let’s take a few extra minutes to optimize your server and help it perform faster and be more secure. In this tutorial we will look at using SSL session caching, HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS), and Hypertext Transfer Protocol 2 (HTTP/2).

The example they give are more Force-centric but the SSL changes and optimizations themselves could be used on any server running Nginx. They talk about:

  • the SSL Log-Jam Fix
  • SSL Optimizations (optimized cypher suite, OCSP stapling)
  • HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)
  • HTTP/2

The post ends with a screenshot of how to test the new configuration and how to restart the web service to put it all into effect. There's also a link to an SSL checker that can help you verify things are set up correctly.

tagged: ssl forge laravel tutorial session cache hsts http2 nginx configuration

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/01/optimizing-ssl-laravel-forge/

Scotch.io:
Deploy PHP Apps Easily with Laravel Forge
Jun 18, 2015 @ 08:27:04

The Scotch.io site has a new post that wants to help make your Laravel deployments on Forge a simple thing. Forge is a "frontend" to make deployment on the hosting platform of your choice simpler with features for configuring the server, application deployment and automation (like push to deploy).

Forge is an incredible tool in the family of Laravel products that helps developers focus on developing, not deploying and hosting. I personally use it when deploying Laravel applications and it does make life much easier. Many of the pain points of hosting are taken care of for you so you can get right back to developing. [...] We’ll be diving into how we can deploy a Laravel application to Forge using Digital Ocean and GitHub.

He starts with a brief introduction to how Forge works and cooperates with the Digital Ocean stack to create the server and deploy the application. He answers a few questions about "why should you use Forge" and then gets into the actual setup of the server. He walks you through:

  • Linking the project to a GitHub or BitBucket repository
  • Adding SSH keys to connect to use for connecting to the server
  • Creating a server

He also goes through some of the server management features Forge offers in its dashboard including monitoring services, server tools and basic site management controls. Once everything is set up, he shows how to deploy from the GitHub repository and how to use third-party integrations (like Slack or HipChat) and the use of environment variables.

tagged: tutorial deploy application laravel forge github digitalocean

Link: https://scotch.io/tutorials/deploy-php-apps-easily-with-laravel-forge

Matt Stauffer:
Installing Sendy (for emails) on Laravel Forge
Jun 05, 2015 @ 09:18:37

In Matt Stauffer's latest post he shows you how to integrate Sendy for sending emails into your Laravel application. This is the first part of a new series.

Last week I decided to finally bite the bullet and take the advice I've been giving so many others: I committed to creating an email newsletter to recap some of my favorite posts and also to give me a space to share some thoughts I don't have space for anywhere else. So, time to get my newsletter-sending-setup up and running.

He starts by explaining his decision to use Sendy, choosing a self-hosted application over a service. There's a one-time fee to purchase it, but it's relatively inexpensive for the features that come bundled. He then gets into the steps to implement it and integrate it into your application:

  • Buy Sendy and prep your code
  • Install Sendy on Forge (with a few sub-points)
  • Set up your domain
  • [Read] Sendy's Getting Started Guide
  • Set up cron jobs
  • [Create] Templates

He also sneaks in a signup form example with a double use - it also signs you up for his newsletter.

tagged: laravel forge sendy application selfhosted install configure tutorial

Link: https://mattstauffer.co/blog/installing-sendy-for-emails-on-laravel-forge

Product & Support:
Interview with Taylor Otwell
May 15, 2015 @ 09:09:33

The Product & Support site has posted an interview with Taylor Otwell, the creator of the Laravel framework. In it they talk about what Laravel is, how it treats users as "customers" and the community around it.

Taylor is the creator of Laravel, founder of Laravel Forge and founder of Envoyer . I spoke with him about open source software and making the transition to entrepreneurship.

Taylor also answers questions about the ecosystem around the framework (marketing, documentation, etc) and how its helped the popularity of the framework. He also shares a few things he might have changed if he could start over with Laravel, including features he feels are "overdone". They also talk about Taylor's move from a full-time job into being self-employed and how that works with two large open source projects to maintain. Check out the full interview for the answers to these and other questions.

tagged: taylorotwell interview laravel framework community envoyer forge

Link: http://productandsupport.com/taylor-otwell/

Samuel Stenton:
Install Node.Js and Ghost on a Laravel Forge Server
Dec 10, 2014 @ 09:18:08

In this recent post to his site Samuel Stenton shows you how to get Ghost (a recent player in the blogging space) and Node.js installed on a Laravel Forge server. The Laravel Forge service makes it quick and easy to create and launch virtual machines on the cloud service of your choosing.

He's broken it down into five steps (not including signing up for Forge if you haven't already):

  • Step 1: Install Node.js
  • Step 2: Download and Configure Ghost
  • Step 3: Install and Run
  • Step 3: Configure NGINX to Serve our Ghost Blog Correctly
  • Step 5: Not finished quite yet!

That final step includes the instructions to restart the needed software when/if the server happens to be rebooted.

tagged: ghost laravel forge instance cloud tutorial nodejs install configure

Link: http://samuelstenton.com/install-ghost-laravel-forge-server/

Three Devs & A Maybe Podcast:
Laravel, Forge and Homestead with Taylor Otwell
Jul 10, 2014 @ 10:42:44

The Three Devs & A Maybe podcast has posted a new episode with special guest Taylor Otwell of Laravel framework fame. In this latest episode (#33) they talk with him about the framework, the Forge product and the Homestead project (a packaged VM environment ready to host Laravel applications).

This week we are very lucky to have the creator of Laravel, Taylor Otwell on the show. Starting off with his journey into the world of programming (through .NET), we move on to discuss how Laravel came to being. We then touch upon our experiences experimenting with different programming stacks, and what features of C# he would like to see introduced into PHP. Finally, we ask Taylor what resources he would recommend to someone just starting out in the industry.

Other topics mentioned in this episode include the Laracasts website, FuelPHP and PhoneGap. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. You should also consider subscribing to their feed to get the latest shows as they're released.

tagged: threedevsandamaybe podcast ep33 taylorotwell laravel forge homestead

Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/posts/laravel-forge-and-homestead-with-taylor-otwell/