October 13, 2015 19:36

I actually thought of this while answering a question on StackOverflow

When querying sums of columns, I typically do something like this:

$query = $account->transactions()
    ->select(\DB::raw('SUM(amount) AS total'))
$total = $query->total;

Here's another way to accomplish the same thing. Of course if you end up fetching thousands of rows you'll probably want to just let MySQL do the math for you, but it's way easier to read and cleaner.

$amounts = $account->transactions()->lists('amount');
$total = $amounts->sum();

Laravel, MySQL, PHP

September 17, 2015 14:32

In Laravel, redirecting the user to one URL after logging in and another after registering (such as a welcome page) is very simple.

First, inside your AuthController, set the post-login URL as the default:

protected $redirectTo = '/url-after-login';

and then inside the create function, override it to the post-registration URL

protected function create(array $data)
    $this->redirectTo = '/url-after-register';

    return User::create([...]);

Laravel, PHP

September 2, 2015 22:58

I've uploaded most of my photos from Korea. Some of my favorites below

Photography, Travel

August 31, 2015 11:10

Router binding in Laravel used in conjunction with middleware makes model management really easy. No more passing in IDs, loading models, and checking permissions for every controller method.

This example makes use of my ślimak slugged models package

class Album extends SluggedModel
    protected $appends = ['url'];

     * @return string
    public function getUrlAttribute()
        return '/albums/' . $this->slug;

In app/Http/routes.php

Route::get('albums/{album}', 'AlbumController@show');
Route::get('albums/{album}/edit', 'AlbumController@edit');

In app/Providers/RouteServiceProvider.php

$router->bind('album', function ($slug) {
    return \App\Album::findBySlug($slug);

Finally, in your controller:

use App\Album;

class AlbumController extends Controller
    public function show(Album $album)
        return view('albums.show')
            ->with('album', $album);

Now when linking to your album's permalink in Blade, you can simply link to {{ $album->url }}. To link to the edit URL, just link to {{ $album->url }}/edit

This gets even more useful when you start to add middleware. For example, I can check to make sure only the album's owner, and admins, have permission to edit the album.

class Owner {
    public function handle($request, Closure $next, $resource)
        $user = \Auth::user();

        if ($request->{$resource} && $request->{$resource}->user_id != $user->id && ! $user->is_admin) {

        return $next($request);

Then if I add this middleware to the controller it takes care of that protection easily:

class AlbumController extends Controller
    public function edit(Album $album)

        return view('albums.edit')
            ->with('album', $album);

Laravel, PHP

August 28, 2015 23:33

I finally finished converting my site entirely into Laravel 5.

In addition, I've started using a bunch of awesome packages:

  • Parsedown (all blog posts are written in Markdown now)
  • SimpleImage to resize photos
  • Highlight.js for syntax highlighting in blog posts (see the previous post)
  • Dropzone for drag and drop photo uploads (in my private admin section)
  • Font Awesome for scalable icons in a bunch of places
  • Bower to manage all of those front-end dependencies and keep my repository clean

I've also done some major redesign, the most noticeable ones being the homepage and photography pages. Photos now scale to fit your window. As a result I decided to increase the quality of the photos as well, from 800 pixels wide to 1600.

News, Website