The interface is dead, long live the interface!

Using interfaces just because you can or should is a bad decision, it often ends up with over-architectured application. Let’s explore why this culture has evolved (especially in the Laravel world) and how to deal with it.

For me personally, this topic has grown on me and I think it’s time to address it. For a long time I think bad architectural decisions have been made because of an unhealthy culture. I don’t consider this unhealthy culture to be an intentional one, it spawned from good intentions but along the way it backfired. I’d say mostly this is directed at the Laravel community, but it could perhaps apply to PHP in general (I honestly have no idea).

Jenkins & PHP, continuous integration tutorial

Get up and running with Jenkins & PHP for continuous integration of your application, to improve code quality and the health of your code.

A while ago I wrote a blog post on setting up continuous integration for Laravel with Jenkins. That was for Laravel 4, and many things have happened since. In this post I widen the scope and aim for continuous integration (CI) for PHP applications in general. Applications are looking more and more similar to one another in terms of structure and tooling, which allows for a more general approach to them. Jenkins & PHP work perfectly together and Jenkins is a great tool if you want full control of your CI process since everything is open source and it has a huge and active community.

Simple pagination in PHP with the Laravel pagination package

A simple pagination in PHP can be achieved using the Laravel pagination package. This tutorial features explanations and examples on how to do this.

Pagination is something most web developers deal with from time and time. You can create a simple pagination in PHP in many ways. There are a few things to keep track of when creating a pagination though. Fetching and parsing data, items per page, current page, number of pages, which pages to show and so on. Using a tried and tested package instead of writing your own implementation is often the way to go. Laravel provides the great package illuminate/pagination for pagination that you can use. This package is not depending on the framework in any way.

PHP micro framework for your REST API – Part 1: Selection

Picking a PHP micro framework for your REST API can feel overwhelming. So many available frameworks are available. This will guide you through the jungle.

With the large number of frameworks that exists today, picking the right one for your next project can feel overwhelming. To make things easier for you when choosing your PHP micro framework, I want to take an in-depth at the available micro frameworks that you can build your next REST API with. I’ll try to make a fair and unbiased review of them based on their pros and cons. I’ll not be discussing on how you should build your API, I leave that to Phil Sturgeon and I can’t recommend his excellent book, Build APIs You Won’t Hate, enough.

Possible benefits of meditation for developers

Programming is hard work where you solve problems and try to manage complexity. Can you honestly say that you take measures for keeping your mind fresh? Keeping your body active through exercise is a great benefit for your mind, but I would like to talk about an exercise for your mind with benefits for your body also. This is of course not just for developers, but this is a blog aimed at developers. We live in a stressful world where our mind is bombarded with impressions that our mind is usually terrible at dealing with, so we need a tool to help our mind cope with this. The great part is that it will benefit your life in general and not just your work as a developer.


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