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How to (Easily) Create a Custom Validation Rule

For some reason, only now I’ve found out about a feature that was introduced in Laravel 5.5 – artisan command that makes your validation rule, similar to Request classes. Let’s see it in action.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

How to Save User’s Last Login Time and IP Address

Quick tip of the day. Default Laravel Auth comes with User table and model, but without logging capability, so we need to build it ourselves. Fortunately, it’s very easy, I will show you one method.

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Laravel Exceptions: How to Catch, Handle and Create Your Own

Quite often web-developers don’t care enough about errors. If something goes wrong, you often see default Laravel texts like “Whoops, something went wrong” or, even worse, the exception code, which is not helpful at all to the visitor. So I decided to write a step-by-step article of how to handle errors in elegant way and present proper error information to the visitor.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Laravel JSON-based Translations with Underscores __() Function

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Laravel 5.6 make:auth is generating Blade files with translation-ready texts, so instead of just “Login” you will see {{ __(‘Login’) }}. How does it work and what’s the reason?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

How to Test Junior Laravel Developer Skills: Sample Project

While expanding my team and working with potential junior developers, I’ve come up with a few tasks to test their practical knowledge. There’s not much value in quizzes or interviews – let them create one simple project. From start to finish. So here’s an example of such project, you can use it for your own needs.

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Laravel Mail Notifications: How to Customize the Templates

Laravel has a useful Notification system, where you can notify user about something via email, Slack etc. And there is a quite good default HTML template for emails. But what if you want to customize its design?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

How to check access to Laravel project by IP address

From time to time I see a need of restricting the access to a website by IP address, whether it’s local network or a particular set of specific computers, like home/office. What’s the best way to do that in Laravel?

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

ThemeDownloader v0.1: apply Bootstrap theme with Artisan command

We’ve just released a first “alpha” version of a package called ThemeDownloader – need your opinion, feedback and requests for future improvements. Basically, you can get a Bootstrap-based front-end theme into your Laravel project, just by launching one Artisan command.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

How to avoid TokenMismatchException on logout?

If you stay too long on one form or get away from your computer, and then go back to fill it in – you may get a TokenMismatchException, because the CSRF token won’t be the same. It kinda makes sense, but the problem I recently discovered that it does the same for logout (which is also a form). And that’s pretty silly, so how to avoid it?

Monday, January 8th, 2018