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On using a factory versus just newing an object up:
In cases where an object has no dependencies, creating it locally is less of a concern. For example, a DateTime object has no object dependencies (unless you specify timezone, but that’s another matter entirely).
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.