PHP has come a long way since I started development some 15 years ago, and its frameworks are far from the small MVC framework I created back in 2008 to get my head fully around the concept. A lot of frameworks have fallen behind, unable to keep up with the rapidly changing climate, and those that have kept up with it polarise developers. It's easy to bash a framework, but what does it actually take to build a framework? I'm going to give it ago.
My one-man quest to stop people over-engineering their code continues, but this time I'll be approaching roles & permissions, commonly referred to as an RBAC.
In this article, I'm going to go through some of the reasons I stopped using Eloquent, as well as covering the reason for Articulates creation, and the different iterations that I took to make it what it is today.
Multi-tenancy seems to be a hot topic at the moment, with many hoping that Laravel Nova was going to solve all of their issues. There are a lot of packages out there that aid you with your multi-tenanted endeavour, but it doesn't have to be that complicated. Honestly.
APIs are, after all, another data source, so why not treat them like one?
Lately I've found myself getting frustrated with Eloquent, needing more than Laravels default ORM offers. I'm a big fan of the DataMapper pattern, but I become disheartened with the overhead and complexity of Doctrine. My time spent with Java has brought out a love for objects, and absolutely everything being objects. With this in mind, I created myself a super basic lightweight ORM named Articulate.
The repository pattern is one that appears to polarize developers, with half swearing by and half swearing against. It's also something that seems to have been spoken about a lot, though I feel that more often than not, it's an over complicated over engineered approach.
It has only been a year, but I'm making a return to the world of freelancing. For those of you that don't know, I've been working for CleverCherry for the last year (well, a year as of yesterday). It has been a wonderful year and a wonderful experience. I've made some friends along the way and I've thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their team. I handed my notice in some two months ago and my final day of employment will be the 3rd November, followed by a week of me relaxing, and then it's back into it again.
It has been while (almost two years) since I wrote an article here and I've decided to make my triumphant return with an article I never managed to get around to writing. As the title may suggest, this article is about streamlining validation with Laravel. While the final aim is to explain and present you with a quick and simple abstracted validator that requires minimal code in the actual implementation stage, before we get there I will need to cover the usual methods of validation which are default validation, form request validation and model validation. So let's start.