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Cruddy by design

At this year’s Laracon US Adam Wathan gave a talk titled “Cruddy By Design” on how to structure your controllers better. After the conference he published a new GitHub repo that contains the demo app he refactored on stage. The 4 main tips to improve your code come as PRs on the repo with a full description on why the change is valuable. Very cool stuff.

Using this convention as a “rule” is a good way to force yourself to keep your controllers from becoming bloated, and can often lead to learning interesting new things about your domain.

For the presentation, I put together a demo app called “CastHacker” that showcases podcasts about software development. It’s not a “real” app by any means (lots of imaginary features, no tests, etc.); it’s just enough code to demonstrate the concepts from the presentation. Feel free to clone it and play with it locally if you like though.

I’ve written up each refactoring I shared in the presentation as a detailed pull request.


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.