Creating flexible Controllers in Laravel 4 using Repositories

Last week I looked at setting up your first Controller in Laravel 4. Controllers are what dictate how data is transferred between your Models and Views and vice versa. We set up our first RESTful controller and I described what each of the methods should be used for. This week’s tutorial is all about creating […]

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Design Inspiration #92

Design Inspiration from Pigeon Studio, Viget, Mention, Litmus and LightCMS! Design Inspiration is a weekly post that showcases examples of some of the best new web design from around the internet. To submit to Design Inspiration, click the “submit” link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions for submitting your site or […]

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Killing offline businesses online

As each year goes by, the Internet is continuing to become ever more important in the lives of people all around the world. Prominent Venture Capitalist Marc Andreesen has famously said, “Software Is Eating The World“. As more and more industries are impacted by the rise of the internet and software begins creeping into traditional […]

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Setting up your first Laravel 4 Controller

So far in this series we have focused all of our attention on Models. Models form a critical component of the MVC architecture and so it’s usually a good idea to start building from your Models upwards. In this next section of the series I’m going to start looking at Controllers. Controllers are what direct […]

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Design Inspiration #91

Design Inspiration from GitHub Enterprise, Flandria, Kitchensurfing, NetNewsWire and Inc! Design Inspiration is a weekly post that showcases examples of some of the best new web design from around the internet. To submit to Design Inspiration, click the “submit” link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions for submitting your site or […]

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How to grow traction for social networks

The modern “Golden Age” of online Social networks can be thought of as being from 2006 to around 2012. During this time period, Facebook expanded beyond it’s initial college only foundation, Twitter started to gain more mass adoption, and new startups like Tumblr and Foursquare started to emerge as the leaders in there respected niches. […]

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Creating a Laravel 4 package

One of the best things about Laravel 4 is how it is built entirely around the idea of interoperability. For a long time, it was quite difficult to manage the dependancies of PHP projects. Copying and pasting code into projects was a nightmare, and keep things up-to-date was extremely difficult. Not many developers used PEAR […]

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Design Inspiration #90

Design Inspiration from Squarespace, Boy-Coy, For the Makers, TriplAgent and KOA Water! Design Inspiration is a weekly post that showcases examples of some of the best new web design from around the internet. To submit to Design Inspiration, click the “submit” link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions for submitting your […]

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What is Freemium and how can it work for you?

Freemium is often an overhyped unicorn that is banded about by just about every wannabe hot dot com that doesn’t understand the fundamentals of online business models. I regularly hear deluded startup companies describing how they will be able to acquire millions of users to their product using a Freemium strategy. Freemium is actually a […]

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Setting up Vagrant with Laravel 4

One of the things that annoys me the most about picking up someone else’s work is that it shouldn’t be difficult to get up and running. If I start exploring an Open Source project, I want to see something magical happen almost instantly or I lose interest. It’s just not worth the time to have […]

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