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A few days back someone sent me a message with an issue on all the old posts on Laravel News. It wasn’t a huge bug but to fix it I had to resync all the posts from the WordPress install and as I was running through them I noticed that all the updated_at dates were then out of sync. Technically they are correct since I updated each post, but I wanted to keep the original date.

Laravel provides the ability to set this on demand and I could just include it in my command and have it ignore updating each…


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Need sample data for your next app? Tired of using boring fake data? The Star Wars API is the solution for you, and it’s the first quantified and programmatically-formatted set of Star Wars data.

After hours of watching films and trawling through content online, we present to you all the People, Films, Species, Starships, Vehicles and Planets from Star Wars.

The data is available in JSON and exposed through a REST API that allows you to grab the data you need easily. Here is an example from grabbing the user object from http://swapi.co/api/people/1 which returns Luke Skywalker:

{ "name": "Luke…


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Laracon Online is a brand new one-day conference that will be held entirely online. This means no matter where you live you can now take part in Laracon. No hotels, no airfare, just signup and spend the day watching some of the best speakers right from your computer.

The speaker list includes Taylor Otwell, Jeffrey Way, Matt Stauffer, Adam Wathan, Evan You, Rachel Andrew, Nick Canzoneri, and Jason McCreary. Covering everything from new Laravel features to Vue.js, CSS, and more.


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Writing on Medium is a great experience that many people love. However, if you are writing code heavy articles pasting in code blocks sort of stinks.

By default, a rendered article doesn’t include syntax highlighting and if you are sharing more than a few lines of code it’s not that easy to follow. Here is an example of a default code block:

class Demo 
{
public function doSomething()
{
return 'I did it!';
}
}

Jacob Bennett created a new app called MarkdownToMedium that will allow you to write in Markdown, which is converted to a Gist, then any code…


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Winds is an RSS feed reader that goes beyond simply providing a list view of your subscriptions. With machine learning, you’ll get a highly personalized feed tailored to you.

It’s open source and powered by Sails, React and Redux, and the machine learning is powered by Stream’s personalization API.

Since it’s open source you can download and install it on your own or use their SaaS version by creating an account on their site.

For more information checkout their GitHub project.


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GitHub Hovercard is a browser extension that provides hovercards for users, repos, issues, and commits on the GitHub site. It brings information you may be interested with all into your current page.


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Laracon 2017 has just launched its new site for the 2017 event and it will be held in NYC on July 25th and 26th. Both days will have talks starting at 9:00 AM and dinner and mingling after each day.

The venue is New World Stages which features a contemporary design and positioned between Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen.


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GitFTP-Deploy is a macOS app that allows you to deploy to sites where you may not have shell access. It can monitor your git repository and pushes only your changes through FTP or SFTP. It also features:

Modern front-end workflows


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Nova is a unique color scheme designed using flat pastel colors that are easy on the eyes have a nice balance.

The team currently supports Vim, Atom, HyperTerm, iTerm, tmux, and npm. It’s 100% free and open source

You can grab the theme from the official site or from the GitHub project.


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GitHub is now showing the projects license in the repository overview section so you can quickly see at a glance what the code is licensed under.

“We use an open source Ruby gem called Licensee to compare the repository’s LICENSE file to a short list of known licenses.” Ayman Nadeem states in the announcement.

They also note that not all licenses can be detected, but it will find the majority of the most popular ones like the MIT, GPL, and other flavors.

If you are uploading open source code that you want others to use and contribute to it is important that you properly license it with a real license and you should understand the restrictions to the license you pick. The Choose a license site is a good tool for helping you find the one that suits your needs.

Eric L. Barnes

A developer, maker, and writer of things on @laravelnews and @dotdevco You can follow me at @ericlbarnes

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