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Ollie Read Freelance PHP Developer

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An alternative to Eloquent, Articulate

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.…

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Freelance PHP developer, the return!!

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.…

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A streamlined approach to Laravel validation

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.…

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