Laravel/Symfony Console Commands & Stderr

When we use Symfony's Console component to write CLI commands in PHP (and you should!), we're almost always writing any output to "stdout". This isn't necessarily good.

How We Code: ORMs and Anemic Domain Models

In this article, I'm going to cover an example of implementing some business logic in our usual Active Record patterns, and then I'll show how the same logic can be applied using the Data Mapper pattern. In both cases, we'll see how we can move our business logic into our business entities, thus avoiding anemic business domain. We'll also cover pros and cons of the two styles of ORMs and how they affect the way we write our code.

HHVM, Nginx and Laravel

Lots of people have been asking about how to install HHVM with Nginx for use with Laravel. Here's how! This will cover material used in Vaprobash, my project for configuring Ubuntu virtual machine with Vagrant.

Database Transactions in Laravel

Laravel's documentation on Database Transactions describes wrapping our database calls within a closure. What if we need more power? Let's dig in to see what's going on behind the scenes, and what tools we have to work with Database Transactions in Laravel.