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Our open source software

The past few months my colleagues and I invested quite some time on creating open source software. Because there now are a lot of packages under the Spatie-vendor name, we decided to put a nice overview on our website.

Obviously these packages benefit the community, but there are a lot of advantages for us as a company as well:

  •  my colleagues and my future self can benefit from the same documentation that is written for the consumers of the package
  • the feedback we get via mail / the issue tracker improves the quality of the code and is a great source of learning
  • using the power of Composer new versions of a package can easily be distributed to the applications of our clients
  • as the quality of the code directly reflects on our company there is an extra incentive to write good code that adheres to standards

If you are in a position in your company to advocate creating open source software, I warmly recommend to do so.

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.