Laravel Experience: The Unfinalize Package

Group Of People Expressing incomprehension About Code

It is time to talk about Laravel. Really. I worked with Laravel for more than a year in my last project in a very large fashion based online shop. We built enterprise applications and I my gut feeling about is and was: it is a good framework to get things done – especially for juniors … read more …

Laminas Framework Series: Middleware in Mezzio and MVC

The second post of “Laminas Framework Series” compares Mezzio and the framework based on “Model-View-Controller” (short: MVC). The Laminas Framework is for its own is relatively new, but since it is an entire fork and a continuation of the Zend Framework, it has very deep roots in the enterprise software development with PHP. Mezzio – … read more …

PHP 8: Making the Choice Between “switch” and “match”

In the constantly changing landscape of PHP, version 8 brought with it an innovative feature: the match expression. Many see it as a streamlined and more effective counterpart to the traditional switch. Let’s explore their distinctions. The traditional switch goes something like this: With PHP 8, the equivalent match looks far more compact: At a … read more …

Embracing Immutability: The Theory Behind Readonly Classes

As the code base of a project grows larger and larger, maintainability, predictability and “clean code” is getting more and more a key strategy for successful projects. While it is totally ok to have “quick and dirty” smelling code for prototypes and MVP’s, things change dramatically for scaling projects in production. In this blog post, … read more …

Towards Powerful PHP Applications: WeakMaps and Their Practical Usage

PHP introduces WeakMap datastructure with version 8.0. This new data structures is capable of containing objects while simultaneously enabling them to be cleared via garbage collection once not needed anymore. WeakMap is a evolution of weak references added with PHP 7.4 and enables the development of collections of references that can be subjected to garbage … read more …

How and When to Use PHP’s Pure Intersection Types

In this publication of my PHP related blog series, I want to address Pure Intersection Types in PHP. In the previous blogs of the series, I addressed different features added to PHP with PHP 8 and PHP 8.1. The first blog was about readonly properties, the second one focused on Enums and the third and … read more …

About Mocking in Unit Tests

Recently at SCAYLE, I wrote a Laravel service that inserts data using Eloquent into a table like this: For people not familiar with Laravel/Eloquent: The HelloWorld model mirrors the database structure and the save method persists data into the database table. So far, so good. Like for any good and responsible project, I wrote unit … read more …

Data Transformation with Benthos

For a current project, I need to read data from an API, transform and push it to an AWS S3 bucket. Normally I would consider to use a standard programming language for that because there is no “magic” involved. However, one of the requirements is to make data transformation with Benthos, a tool for “Fancy … read more …