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Laravel News:
How to Use Old Versions of Laravel Homestead
Jan 20, 2017 @ 09:39:32

On the Laravel News site they've posted a tutorial by Joe Ferguson showing you how to [use older versions of Homestead](https://laravel-news.com/using-older-versions-of-homestead, the box not the app, in your development environment if there's a need.

There are two parts to Homestead: the Vagrant box and the Homestead source code (Homestead app). The Homestead Vagrant box is a snapshot of a preconfigured virtual machine ready to use. [...] We use the Laravel Settler repo to build the Homestead boxes. You have to ensure the version of the Homestead Vagrant box is compatible with the version of the Homestead app you are using.

Why would you want to use a previous version? [...] While Homestead development moves forward pretty quickly, you may not be ready to move your clients from PHP 5.5. While you should have already moved your apps to PHP 7.0 for the performance gains, I understand that because Laravel 5.1 supports 5.5, developers may want to continue using that version.

He then walks you through an example, showing how to use PHP 5.5 with Homestead and what version to put for the best support. It requires a little bit of manual fiddling around but not too much. Then it's just a simple "vagrant up" to get it running. He also includes instructions on using PHP 7.0, checking out a different version of the Homestead repository and bringing up the box similar to above.

tagged: laravel homestead version older vm application framework support

Link: https://laravel-news.com/using-older-versions-of-homestead

Symfony Blog:
Symfony 2016 Year in Review
Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:29:33

The Symfony blog has posted their wrap up of the activities around the project and its ecosystem in 2016. They cover releases made, events/conferences and updates on both components and documentation changes.

The beginning of a new year is the best moment to review all that happened during the previous year. These are some of the highlights of the 2016 year for the Symfony Project.

[...] 2016 was the best year in Symfony Project's history. 2017 will be even better and it will bring us new projects such as "Symfony Flex" (a new way to manage Symfony applications unveiled during the SymfonyCon Berlin 2016 conference), 1 billion downloads for Symfony Components (if the download rate keeps growing) and the return of the Symfony conferences to the United States (San Francisco, October 19-20).

Each of the sections talks about the changes over the last year and links to other resources, profiles and documentation about the update. This also includes the top contributors to the framework, new contributors and top documentation contributors.

tagged: symfony framework yearinreview 2016

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfony-2016-year-in-review

Framework Code Complexity Comparison
Jan 10, 2017 @ 11:29:30

On Medium.com Taylor Otwell, lead developer and creator of the Laravel framework, has posted some results about framework code complexity based on his own research and information gathering.

Last week as I was refactoring and cleaning Laravel for the 5.4 release, Graham Campbell showed me some code complexity statistics for the framework. I decided to compare this against some other PHP frameworks to see how Laravel stacks up.

[...] I was pleased to see Laravel has the lowest average method complexity of any of the frameworks measured. In addition, Laravel does not contain any method longer than 13 lines of code. [...] The primary goal of this comparison is to compare how I personally write code vs. how other projects are writing code. All project’s measured have a large enough sample size of pure, first-party code to accurately measure that.

He then shares the cyclomatic complexity numbers for several different (and popular) frameworks in the PHP ecosystem:

  • Laravel
  • Symfony
  • Zend Framework
  • Cake
  • Slim

He also compares just the Eloquent ORM and the Doctrine ORM components. For each he provides stats like: lines of code, average method complexity and percentage of methods that are non-static. The results are interesting but most are pretty much expected (like the Slim microframework being lowest on several of the statistics mostly due to its size).

tagged: code complexity framework comparison laravel taylorotwell

Link: https://medium.com/@taylorotwell/measuring-code-complexity-64356da605f9#.j719oq8ue

Laravel News:
Seven Tips to Learn Laravel More Effectively
Jan 09, 2017 @ 10:25:17

For those out there wanting to learn more about the Laravel framework but weren't sure where to start, the Laravel News site has just the post for you. In this new guide they provide seven steps to help you learn about Laravel and its use more effectively.

As the community grows, there are many resources available to help you learn Laravel. That’s great! But, how do you choose the best one? Which will be the best use of your time to read or watch? For those new to the framework, I’m sure these questions are on your mind, here are seven tips to help you learn Laravel more effectively.

Some of these tips will be specific to Laravel, while others are more general for learning any programming language or framework.

Their steps start with some of the more foundational stuff like learning about Composer/OOP/PHP first before venturing into the framework at all. Then, with that knowledge under your belt, you can move on to the other steps: where to learn the most effectively (books, courses, videos, etc) and actually putting fingers to keys and start writing code. He makes recommendations about how to use Google and Stack Overflow to help you find what you need an, finally, the advice to find a mentor to learn from and to not give up even if you hit something difficult.

tagged: laravel effective top7 tips framework basics learning

Link: https://laravel-news.com/seven-tips-to-learn-laravel-more-effectively

Programming With Yii2: Helpers
Dec 27, 2016 @ 11:13:44

The TutsPlus.com site has continued their "Programming with Yii2" tutorial series with a new post introducing you to helper functions that come bundled with the framework. It also shows you how to create your own custom helper function, making it easier to perform common functions custom to your application.

In the Programming With Yii2 series, I'm guiding readers in use of the Yii2 Framework for PHP. In this tutorial, I'll provide a brief overview of helpers. In Yii, helpers are modules which group commonly useful libraries for string, file, image, URL and HTML management amongst other things, and they are easy to extend.

I'll also share an example of creating a helper within Meeting Planner, the focus of our Envato Tuts+ startup series.

The tutorial then introduces you to (and links you to) the common helpers the framework comes bundled with including the ArrayHelper, FileHelper and Markdown helpers. The tutorial then covers two in a bit more detail, the ArrayHelper and HtmlPurifier helper, including some code examples for each. Finally it shows the creation of a custom helper with several custom functions and their use in a template.

tagged: programming series yii2 framework helpers custom tutorial

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/programming-with-yii2-helpers--cms-26889

Matt Stauffer:
Using Vue in Laravel 5.3, with the Vue bootstrap and sample component
Dec 23, 2016 @ 09:18:29

Matt Stauffer has posted the next article in his series of "What's New in Laravel 5.3" series with this article covering the use of Vue.js with Laravel and some of the bootstrapping that makes it easier.

In Laravel 5.3, it's easier than ever to write and use Vue components out of the box. This means 5.3 has a somewhat more opinionated default frontend stack than previous versions do. But never fear—it's easy to strip out the default components.

Let's explore 5.3's JavaScript stack together. Spin up a sample app using the Laravel installer (or, if you're like me, use Lambo) and open up the site in your favorite IDE.

He starts with the sample definitions of the package.json and Gulp files, including some dependencies including Vue.js itself and the Vue Resource packages. He then shows a sample app.js file to define the main part of the application and a matching bootstrap.js with a bit of, well, bootstrapping for the application. Finally he creates the example component, runs yarn/gulp and updates a Blade template to lay out the main application div and include the application Javascript file. Finally he shows what the resulting application should look like with screenshot included.

tagged: laravel vuejs tutorial introduction gulp yarn elixir javascript framework

Link: https://mattstauffer.co/blog/using-vue-in-laravel-5-3-with-the-vue-bootstrap-and-sample-component

Amine Matmati:
Symfony: the Myth of the Bloated Framework
Dec 20, 2016 @ 12:25:50

Amine Matmati has written up a post with a few quick points refuting the "bloated framwork" myth as it relates to the Symfony framework.

At work, we’re trying to choose which PHP framework to use for our next project. As we’re breaking up our monolithic app into services, only micro frameworks were considered by the team. This choice was made to avoid the pain points we’ve encountered using our current full stack framework.

Not all full stack frameworks are created equal, however. Having worked with Symfony before, I proposed it as an option. As expected, I’ve had some pushback from my fellow coworkers. The main reason being that Symfony is bloated and overkill for our needs.

He then goes on to talk about how, despite many Symfony components being used individually by other projects, the overall framework still has the reputation for bloat. He goes through some of the main points usually mentioned by the opponents:

  • Doctrine is complex/bad/slow
  • Symfony is too verbose
  • Symfony uses too much configuration

He does agree with some of the points made but usually not in the general way they've been stated. For example, while he does agree that Symfony is verbose he also points out that this verbosity provides more control to the developer as to exactly how things hook together.

tagged: symfony myth bloated framework opinion doctrine configuration verbose

Link: http://matmati.net/symfony-myth-bloated-framework/

Freek Van der Herten:
Symfony and Laravel will require PHP 7 soon
Dec 19, 2016 @ 10:36:19

As Freek Van der Herten mentions in this recent post to his site, it was announced by both Fabien Potencier (Symfony) and Taylor Otwell (Laravel) that the upcoming versions of the frameworks - Symfony 4 and Laravel 5.5 - will require PHP 7 by default.

According to Fabien Potencier, lead of the Symfony project, the next major version of Symfony, to be released at then end of 2017, will require PHP 7. But Laravel will drop PHP 5 support even sooner. Taylor Otwell, the creator of Laravel, announced that Laravel 5.5, to be released in June 2017, will leave PHP 5 behind.

Freek talks some about the improvements that come with PHP 7 and which he thinks will show up in the different frameworks' codebase. He sees this as "a message" to the PHP community as a whole that the migration to PHP 7 should happen sooner rather than later (and some of his own work to help reinforce this).

tagged: symfony laravel php7 requirement framework package

Link: https://murze.be/2016/12/laravel-5-5-will-require-php-7-0/

Laravel News:
In Laravel 5.4 You Can Use Markdown in Your Emails
Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:19:10

As is mentioned in this post on the Laravel News site one of the improvements coming in Laravel v5.4 will be the ability to use Markdown formatting in your emails.

Laravel 5.3 introduced two new features around email, the Mailables and Notifications which allow you to send the same message through email, SMS, and other channels.

Building on top of these improvements, Laravel 5.4 is going to include a brand new Markdown system for creating email templates.

Under the hood, this feature implements the Parsedown parser with its companion, Markdown Extra so you can use tables.

They go on to describe how this feature is integrated with the "components and slots" handling also recently introduced in the framework for things like headers, messages, layouts and tables. Also included is some example code showing how to return the Markdown parsed version of a view, using them in notifications and how to use inline styling.

tagged: laravel markdown email mailable formatting output tutorial v54 framework

Link: https://laravel-news.com/laravel-markdown-emails

Programming With Yii2: Using Amazon S3
Dec 08, 2016 @ 11:27:16

The TutsPlus.com site has continued their series of posts in the "Programming with Yii2" series with this new tutorial covering the use of the Amazon S3 service for sorting files remotely in your application.

In today's tutorial, I'll walk you through the basics of browsing, uploading and downloading files to and from Amazon's cloud-based S3 storage service. Essentially, I've created a simple storage model and controller as examples which you can extend for your needs.

He starts with a brief introduction to the S3 service (including a video from Amazon themselves) and what kinds of things it could be used for. He helps you get started via the AWS web GUI, creating an S3 "bucket" and viewing their contents. He shows how to get the credentials you'll need to connect to the bucket and defining them in the ini configuration file. The tutorial then shows how to use this AWS extension for Yii2 to connect to and work with the S3 bucket you've created. This includes browsing the content, uploading new files and downloading current ones.

tagged: yii2 framework series amazon s3 file storage download upload tutorial

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/programming-with-yii2-using-amazon-s3--cms-26347