#php

Named arguments

I shiver at the sight of a function packed with too-many-to-read-at-a-glance arguments without a description.

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#programming #php

Granular interfaces

A few weeks ago a spec change for an application we’re working on forced us to refactor part of the codebase. It was food for thought about the flexibility granular interfaces provide, and choosing the right abstraction at the right time. This is a short writeup on the thought process we went through as we updated our logic to support a new feature now and allow more options in the future.

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#laravel #php

Use Blink to execute something once and only once

Our Blink package is marketed as a caching solution to memoize data for the duration of a web request. Recently, we came upon another use case for the package: to execute something once and only once.

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#spatie #laravel #php #javascript

The revamped Spatie guidelines

I created the original Spatie guidelines site three years ago. Last month, we consolidated a few of our subsites to our main spatie.be site, including the guidelines.

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#php #markdown

Highlighting code blocks with league/commonmark

Since the first iteration of my blog—some time around 2016—I’ve used highlight.js to highlight code blocks. With highlight.js being so popular, I never really second guessed the idea. It was a given to use JavaScript.

A few weeks ago, TJ Miller introduced me to highlight.php by writing a Parsedown extension for it. Highlight.php does the exact same thing as highlight.js: they both add tags and classes to your code blocks, which enables them to be highlighted with CSS. The difference is, highlight.php does this on the server.

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#php #javascript #ssr

Server side rendering JavaScript from PHP

Server side rendering is a hot topic when it comes to client side applications. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy thing to do, especially if you’re not building things in a Node.js environment.

I published two libraries to enable server side rendering JavaScript from PHP: spatie/server-side-rendering and spatie/laravel-server-side-rendering for Laravel apps.

Let’s review some server side rendering concepts, benefits and tradeoffs, and build a server renderer in PHP from first principles.

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#laravel #php #blade

Blade component aliases in Laravel 5.6

Laravel 5.6 adds the ability to register alias directives for Blade components. Let’s review some background information and examples.

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#laravel #php / christoph-rumpel.com

Christoph Rumpel on rebuilding his site with Laravel

Christoph Rumpel published his revamped site last week, built with Laravel and Tailwind CSS. He based the site’s architecture on my personal site (yeah, the one you’re reading now). I open sourced it about a year ago, and I’m glad to see that it provided value to someone!

Read the full article on Christoph Rumpel’s new blog.


#laravel #php

Passing data to layouts in Blade through extends

Laravel quick tip! The @extends Blade directive accepts a second (undocumented) parameter to pass data to the parent layout.

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#laravel #php

Debugging the dreaded "Class log does not exist" error in Laravel

Every now and then I come accross a Class log does not exist exception in Laravel. This particular exception is thrown when something goes wrong really early in the application, before the exception handler is instantiated.

Whenever I come across this issue I’m stumped. Mostly it’s related to an invalid configuration issue or an early service provider that throws an exception. I always forget how to debug this, so it’s time to document my solution for tracking down the underlying error.

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