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Laravel News:
Easy Image Processing in Laravel with Glide
January 30, 2015 @ 10:06:41

On the Laravel News site there's a new post sharing a video tutorial of how to use the Glide image handling library with your Laravel-based application.

Glide is a new package by Jonathan Reinink which is an on-demand image manipulation library. In this video he shows you how to set it up and the basic usage in Laravel 5.

In the tutorial Jonathan walks you through an introduction to the library and how it wraps around the Intervention image handling. He creates a basic application that, when an image endpoint is called, output the image with any given configuration options (like height and width). Glide is one of many packages making up The PHP League.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/01/using-glide-laravel/

Matt Stauffer:
Extending Laravel's Application
January 27, 2015 @ 10:48:37

Matt Stauffer has a new post to his site today showing you how to extend Laravel's Application class to enhance its handling with other handy features.

It's seldom that we need to extend Laravel's core, and even when we do, it's most likely we're going to extend specific components, which is detailed in the docs. However, all of these instructions presume you're using the core Laravel Application (IOC Container) to extend the other classes. What if you want to extend the Application itself?

The example he provides is from his own real-world experience, based around changes they wanted to make in the default folder paths for things like the "storage" or "public" directories. He shares the three simple steps to making this custom handling work:

  • Extend the class
  • Register it in your application's bootstrap
  • Override/extend the current methods to add in your own functionality

In this case, changing the default paths is something that's under discussion already, but it gives a good simple example of changing that default functionality.

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Link: http://mattstauffer.co/blog/extending-laravels-application

JetBrains Blog:
Laravel Development using PhpStorm
January 21, 2015 @ 09:03:16

The JetBrains blog has posted about an update to their popular PHPStorm IDE tool. In this new post they talk about the next level of integration they've introduced for those developing Laravel-based applications.

Last summer, we introduced support for Blade, the template language used by Laravel. Support for artisan, the command line tool for Laravel developers, is baked into PhpStorm as well. Using the Laravel plugin and the Laravel IDE helper, we can further extend PhpStorm's support for Laravel applications.

They walk you through each of these two new updates, showing what kind of features they enable and some screenshots of the interface in use. For more information and to check out other features in this new plugin/helper setup, see this documentation page.

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Link: http://blog.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/2015/01/laravel-development-using-phpstorm/

Laracasts:
Laravel 5 and Behat BFFs
January 13, 2015 @ 10:35:27

The Laracasts site has a new screencast posted showing you how to integrate Behat with Laravel for functional testing of your application. Behat is an automated testing tool, written in PHP, that's made for frontend functional tests rather than backend, unit tests

It has always been a little tricky to hook Behat into Laravel. But, luckily, that's no longer the case. In this lesson, from scratch, we'll install both Laravel 5 and Behat 3, and then learn about using a special extension to make working with the two that much easier. In a follow-up lesson, we'll move on to discussing general BDD, and best practices for constructing your feature files.

You can watch the screencast on the Laracasts site and you can find out more about Behat from its documentation.

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Link: https://laracasts.com/lessons/laravel-5-and-behat-bffs

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files Chris Gmyr
January 09, 2015 @ 09:51:27

The Laravel News site has posted their latest in the "Artisan Files" series today, this time spotlighting Chris Gmyr, author of the larave-messenger package.

This week I'm happy to have Chris Gmyr share a little about himself in this weeks Artisan Files interview.

They talk some about Chris and his background as a developer as well as:

  • Why he originally created the laravel-messenger package
  • His thoughts on using Laravel and AngularJS
  • What his favorite Laravel feature is
  • Some of his "must have" apps

He also shares his thoughts on how development could change in the next ten years. Check out the full post for the answers to these and other questions.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/01/artisan-files-chris-gmyr/

Laravel News:
5 Resources to Learn about the Laravel IoC Container
January 02, 2015 @ 10:04:59

The Laravel News site has a post today linking to five handy resources you can use to learn about the Laravel IoC (inversion of control, dependency injection) container.

The Laravel IoC container is a powerful tool for managing class dependencies. It is widely used in Laravel and an important tool for your arsenal. The community has created several tutorials for this and here are five resources that will teach you all about it. [...] By reading these tutorials you'll be up to speed in no time on the Laravel IoC container and also improve your code by implementing it in your application.

As a "bonus" there's also a link to a video narrated by Laravel creator Taylor Otwell himself about the IoC container and its use.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2014/12/5-resources-learn-laravel-ioc-container/

Laravel News:
75 Laravel Tutorials, Packages, and Resources from 2014
December 30, 2014 @ 10:32:57

The Laravel News site has posted their own kind of wrap-up of 2014 in this latest post sharing a monthly list of tutorials, packages and resources they've found useful for the Laravel community.

2014 is coming to a close and to celebrate I put together this post of all the greatest hits each month. This features cool packages, resources, and tutorials that came out over the year.

Among the items on their list are things like:

Check out the full post for the complete list.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2014/12/75-laravel-tutorials-packages-resources-2014/

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files Sara Bine
December 15, 2014 @ 11:43:56

The Laravel News site has posted their latest interview in their "Artisan Files" series with this look into the world of Sara Bine, a developer from Denver, Colorado.

In the interview she answers questions about:

  • Her background in development and how she got started
  • What some of her favorite open source packages are
  • Her "must have" desktop and mobile applications are
  • Hobbies outside of development
  • Tips for people looking to make a career out of programming

She advises developers to try one new thing every day and building projects around things that interest you. Also...

As far as career advice goes, while I'm not far into my own career I'll pass on the best advice I've received so far: it's not up to you to decide if you're qualified for a job, so don't be afraid to apply.

If you're interested in other interviews with members of the Laravel community, check out the rest of the Artisan Files too!

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2014/12/artisan-files-sara-bine/

AirPair.com:
Automating Laravel Deployments Using Capistrano
December 12, 2014 @ 09:15:06

On the AirPair site there's a recent post by Vincent Cardillo showing you how to set up Laravel deployments with Capistrano, a popular Ruby-based deployment automation tool.

Hello friends. In this article we will be discussing automating the deployment of Laravel applications using the Capistrano tool. If you don't know what some of these things are, read on. [...] Why should we bother setting up Capistrano? Can't we just deploy to our servers by hand? Sure, maybe, but this quickly becomes annoying with anything more than a few servers, and isn't a scalable process.

He starts by laying out some of the prerequisites you'll need to get the deployment working: a Laravel application installed, some familiarity with Git/GitHub and a Linux-based system to work from. He talks about two methods of deployment, push and pull, and includes a summary (and illustration) for each. From there he starts to get into the detailed steps of setting up the deployment itself:

  • Protecting sensitive information (like configuration files)
  • Installing Capistrano as a Ruby gem
  • Setting up the SSH keys between systems
  • Setting up the receiving server
  • Setting up the Laravel project in a Capistrano deploy
  • Creating the steps in the deployment workflow
  • Doing the actual deployment

He includes all of the commands and configuration examples you'll need to make the deployment happen. He also finishes off with a few other things Capistrano could do for you including making a "sanity check" file and flushing memcache on deploy.

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Link: https://www.airpair.com/laravel/posts/automating-laravel-deployments-using-capistrano

KodeInfo.com:
Pay with Bitcoin using Coinbase and Bitpay
December 11, 2014 @ 10:29:09

On KodeInfo.com there's a new tutorial posted showing you how to let your users pay with Bitcoin made possible using Coinbase, a Bitcoin wallet service, and BitPay, a payment gateway. Their example is a Laravel-based application.

Today we will learn how to integrate payment with bitcoins , we will integrate coinbase and bitpay to pay with bitcoins .

They walk you through the full process, including getting the accounts set up on the needed services:

  • Setting up Bitpay
  • Setting up Coinbase
  • Creating migrations
  • Views and Routes
  • Config File
  • Creating models
  • Integrating Bitpay
  • Integrating Coinbase

Each step is accompanied by screenshots or code, depending on what steps are needed. If you want to jump to the end, you can also grab the full code directly from GitHub.

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Link: http://kodeinfo.com/post/pay-with-bitcoin-using-coinbase-and-bitpay


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