Quickly dd anything from the commandline

Laravel’s tinker command allows to run any code you want as if you are inside your Laravel app. But if you want to run a single line of code if can be a bit bothersome. You must start up tinker, type the code, press enter, and quit tinker. Our new spatie/laravel-artisan-dd package contains an Artisan […]

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A conversation on laravel-html

Hi, how are you? I’m fine thanks! How are you? I saw you released another package last week. Yup yup, you mean laravel-html, right? It was actually coded up by my colleague Sebastian, who did an awesome job. But why put out yet another html generator? Html generation is a solved problem, right? Yes, it […]

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A Laravel package to impersonate users

A great feature of Laravel Spark is it’s ability to impersonate other users. As an admin you can view all screens as if you are logged in as another user. This allows you to easily spot a problem that your user might be reporting. Laravel-impersonate is a package, made by MarceauKa and Thibault Chazottes that […]

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Improving the performance of our PHP based crawler

Today a new major version of our homegrown crawler was released. The crawler is used to power our http-status-check, laravel-sitemap and laravel-link-checker packages. A new major feature is the greatly improved crawling speed. This was accomplished by leveraging multiple concurrent requests. Let’s take a look at the performance improvements gained by using concurrent requests. In […]

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Managing opening hours with PHP

For several different clients we needed to display a schedule of opening hours on their websites. They also wanted to display if a department / store / … is open on the moment you visit the site. My colleague Seb extracted all the functionality around opening hours to the newly released opening-hours package. You create […]

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Taking care of backups with Laravel

A new major version of laravel-backup was recently tagged. This package can backup files and databases of your Laravel app (or any PHP application really). The backup consists of a zipfile containing a dump of the databases and all files that are selected for backup. The package will copy over the zipfile to external storage […]

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