A recap of 2021
Now that we are in the final days of 2021, let's take a look back at that stuff my team and I did in 2021. On a personal...
Dec 23rd 2021 freek.dev

Using MySQL `order by` while keeping one value at the end
The other day I needed to sort a dataset in MySQL and ensure one value was always at the end. I never fully understood how order by works, so I...
Dec 16th 2021 sebastiandedeyne.com

How we improved Flare in 2021
The main goal of Flare is to be the best error tracking for Laravel applications. When we launched Flare, we offered a lot of niceties like decompiled Blade views, solutions...
Dec 15th 2021 flareapp.io

Fixing the dreaded "'pcre2.h' file not found" error when installing imagick
Whenever I upgrade PHP, I seem to have troubles installing imagick. This command pecl install imagick always results in an error "'pcre2.h'...
Dec 14th 2021 freek.dev

A Laravel package to monitor the health of your application
I'm proud to announce that we've released a new package called Laravel Health. As the name implies, this package can be used to monitor the health of your Laravel...
Dec 13th 2021 freek.dev

A bash function to run tests for both PHPUnit and Pest
I've used this little bash alias for many years to quickly run the tests inside of a project. alias p="vendor/bin/phpunit"...
Dec 5th 2021 freek.dev

Better support for Livewire in Flare and Ignition
Livewire is quickly gaining traction in the Laravel ecosystem. It allows you to write dynamic web applications without ever even having to touch JavaScript! That's why we've decided to bring...
Dec 2nd 2021 flareapp.io

Upgrade to PHP 8.1 with Homebrew on Mac
I'm creating a four-part mini-series on YouTube about generics in PHP: what they are, how we can use them today, and what's possible in the future....
Nov 26th 2021 stitcher.io

What's new in PHP 8.1
PHP 8.1 was released on November 25, 2021. It's currently the latest PHP version. In this post, we'll go through all features, performance improvements, changes and deprecations one...
Nov 25th 2021 stitcher.io

PHP 8.1: real-life performance benchmarks
I did a very quick performance test because I wanted to know the impact of PHP 8.1 on my real-life projects. These benchmarks were taken on my local machine, and...
Nov 25th 2021 stitcher.io