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Some Laravel 5 compatible packages

Recently some of the Laravel-packages I built at Spatie were  updated for Laravel 5.

This package enables you to generate image manipulations on the fly and generate URL’s to those images. These URL’s will be signed so only you will be able to specify which manipulations should be generated. Every manipulation will be cached. Under the hood, Glide is being used.

This is an opinionated package to store and retrieve objects from Elasticsearch. It was tailormade for a project I was working on and only provides the functionality that I needed. If you need full control over elasticsearch via PHP, take a look at the official low-level client.

This package can fetch results from a Google Custom Search Engine. It returns an array with searchresults.

This package provides a trait that adds sortable behaviour to an Eloquent model. The value of the ordercolumn of a new record of a model is determined by the maximum value of the ordercolumn of all records of that model + 1.


A big thank you goes out to Matthias De Winter, who is helping me update these packages.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.