• Laravel,  Laravel tips

    How to set up your local projects to contribute to Laravel (or any PHP library) : a practical guide

    Let’s imagine this scenario: You are working on a Laravel application, and you found a bug either in the framework itself or in one of the third party libraries you are using. You edit the code inside your project, or maybe you installed a fresh copy of Laravel and library that has the issue, and you edited the code there. You saved the changes, but when you went to your terminal to commit the changes, GIT just ignored what you did. You start wondering “What’s happening here?”.   The first solution that might pop up in your head could be to read the “How to contribute” of the framework or…

  • Laravel,  Laravel testing 101

    [Laravel Testing 101] Writing tests for guest user functionalities on a Laravel CRUD application

    This is an excerpt of my upcoming ebook Laravel Testing 101. If you haven’t read the previous chapters yet (available for free here: Adding Tests to your Laravel CRUD Application: Where to Start? and here: What should we be testing in a [laravel] CRUD application?), please do so before reading this one. Now that we have a better idea about the functionalities we should be testing in our Laravel application, let’s start with testing what a guest can do, since it is less complicated than what a logged in user can do. As we discussed I the previous chapter, here are the functionalities related to guests that we have in…

  • Laravel,  Laravel testing 101

    What should we be testing in a [laravel] CRUD application?

    This is an excerpt of my upcoming ebook Laravel Testing 101. If you haven’t read the previous chapter yet (available for free here: Adding Tests to your Laravel CRUD Application: Where to Start?), please do so before reading this one.   Now that you understand that you should be looking at tests from a different angle, and that we should test mainly controllers, you might start to ask, “… but what should I be testing exactly?” In this chapter, we are going to answer this question and describe what we will be testing in the rest of the ebook. But first, let’s get the demo application the book is built…

  • Laravel,  Laravel tips

    [Laravel tips] How to redirect users to a specific URL/route when the validation fails

    If you are using Form Request to validate your forms before you persist them in the database, when the validation fails, the user is usually redirected back to the same page that initiated the request. For instance if you are on /new-article page, after you submit the article you are creating, the user will be redirected back automatically to this very same URL if the data she entered failed to pass the validation. This is the desired behavior in majority of the cases. Lately, I was working on a form where I needed to redirect the user back to another route. I was working on an application where we have…

  • Laravel,  Laravel testing 101

    Adding Tests to your Laravel CRUD Application: Where to Start?

    This is an excerpt from my upcoming ebook Laravel testing 101 Imagine you are working on a Laravel side-project or you just joined a team working on a Laravel application, and it currently doesn’t have a single test. You want to change that, and add tests to the application. If you find yourself in this situation, you might not even know where to start. “Should I unit test everything? Should I just test the most critical parts of the application?” You might even find yourself asking “Why do I need tests in the first place?” I am writing an ebook to answer all these questions for you, and this is…