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Testing a Laravel app with hundreds of migration files

And stay sane while doing it. Testing Laravel is usually fast. You can use an in-memory database, and all your tests run hella fast; even going directly with MySQL is fast enough. But when you inherit an application (rarely for good reasons), and you find out it has more than 370 migration files adding up […]

4 ways to deal with complexity in your eloquent models

I think everyone loves to work on completely greenfield applications. You get to plan your own course, chose your current favourite technologies, structures, and patterns to follow. There is no legacy code, no technical debt, nothing that stands in your way. You can do whatever you want and building features is a breeze. But you […]

When things go wrong, draw something funny

A couple of months ago we went to Amsterdam for a city break. Lively city, too many reckless bikers. We wake up one morning to find out our hotel’s elevators stopped working. That’s not something you want to see when you’re on vacation trying to relax, especially when your room is at the sixth floor. […]

Displaying validation errors with InertiaJS and Laravel

The easiest way to get yourself accustomed with how inertia works is to stop thinking about inertia visits as being XHR requests where you *do something* when the request it’s completed, and think of your project more as traditional server-side application where everything that happens next is dictated by the server. The same is true […]

Paginating Laravel API resources in InertiaJS applications

Later edit: Paginating Laravel API resources now works as Reinink added support for Responsable props. If you’re a Laravel developer working with InertiaJS, there’s a good chance you played around with PingCRM, the application Jonathan build to illustrate how InertiaJS works. If not, I encourage you to have a look over it as it helps […]

Ionic – close menu on navigation

I’m working on an Ionic app and I stumbled upon this problem where the side menu does not close whenever I tap the menu item. It navigates to the page, but the menu stays open.

Laravel not nullable timestamp without a default value

I ran into the following question today: Is there no way to create a timestamp as not null with no default using #laravel migrations? I could get it to work making `shown_at` nullable, which… ok… but why? I’m OK w/ `created_at` using current but `shown_at` should always have a value. [1] For MySQL there is […]

People using your website are there on a mission

When people visit your website, they are there on a mission. They are there to get something done. Your job is to understand what that something is and provide the easiest route that will help them achieve just that. Anything else is just a distraction. As straightforward as it sounds, it’s hard. It’s hard because we […]

Chrome to start speed shaming websites

In a recent post, Google announced their intention to badge websites based on their speed and “in the future”, based on “high-quality experience, which may include signals beyond just speed”. Their motivation – “to help users understand when a site may load slow, while rewarding sites delivering fast experiences” is shady at best. Because, well, […]

Positioning Electron Tray apps on Windows taskbar

One challenge when building an Electron Tray app is window positioning – assuming you want the app to act as a tooltip (eg: Google Drive app). If you’re here just for the resulting code, scroll down and grab it, otherwise I highly recommend using a pen and paper to draw the screen, taskbar and tray […]

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