Leonie Derendorp

Webdeveloper and co-owner of PLint-sites in Sittard, The Netherlands. I love to create complex webapplications using Laravel!

About Leonie Derendorp

Webdeveloper and co-owner of PLint-sites in Sittard, The Netherlands. I love to create complex webapplications using Laravel!

How to create a good design as a developer

Posted in Development on October 8, 2018

I’m a developer, not a designer. But my customers expect the web applications, online platforms, websites and administrative panels I build for them to look at least ‘fine’. For big projects I usually work together with real designers, but in smaller projects there isn’t always a design budget. Still our applications should look nice and our customers should be happy to work with them.

In this post, I will describe the design guidelines I use for the most important aspects of a layout: grid, fonts, margins and colors. Then I will apply them to an app that was recently developed by my colleague.

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Building a basic admin panel using Laravel (3) – Authorization

Posted in on July 19, 2018

This is the last part of a blog series on building a basic admin panel. Although there are many admin packages available, including Laravel’s own Spark package, we experienced that it’s also very easy to an admin panel yourself. We defined three major topics that are found in all admin panels that we have build. We started with the authentication of users (part 1) and continued with basic CRUD operation (part 2). In this third part the focus is on authorization: in an admin panel there are often users with different roles. Each user role may have access to different parts of the admin panel and is allowed to perform specific actions.

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Building a basic admin panel using Laravel (2) – CRUD

Posted in PHP on July 19, 2018

Admin panels are an essential part of many web apps and online platforms. Although there are many admin packages available, including Laravel’s own Spark package, we experienced that it’s also very easy to create an admin panel from scratch. The main advantages: you know every detail of the admin panel and once the project is growing and more functionality is required, it can be easily extended. In the second part of the series on building your own basic admin panel we focus on CRUD operations.

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Building a basic admin panel using Laravel (1) – Authentication

Posted in PHP on July 19, 2018

Many web apps and online platforms need some kind of administration panel to manage the their public parts. Only a limited number of users with a specific role or privileges have access to this admin panel. Examples include a webshop, hour registration tool, cooking website or a blog.

To build such an admin panel you have several options. We have build a lot of administration panels and the PHP framework Laravel came out as our favorite. For Laravel, several admin packages are already available, including the offical Spark package. However, we experienced that Laravel itself already has so much features to quickly build a basic admin panel yourself that a package isn’t always needed. In this blog series, we like to share our approach.

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Building an application with Laravel and Vue

Posted in Javascript on February 8, 2018

It’s now 5 years since we built our first web application and a lot has happened since then. We started with building applications from scratch without any framework. Then we realized it made no sense to write every piece of code ourselves and we started exploring the possibilities to build applications in WordPress. Although WordPress is a great tool, it didn’t have the flexibility we need to build custom web apps. Nowadays we use a combination of Laravel and Vue. We are very happy with the combination of these frameworks and decide to write a blog series about building web applications using Laravel and Vue. This is the first blog of the series.

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Customizing emails in Laravel

Posted in PHP on November 27, 2017

How do you customize the default password reset email in Laravel? In this blog, we describe the process of creating mailables, apply them to your own emails and finally customizing the ‘password reset emails’ that are included in the authentication scaffolding of Laravel.

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Transitions in Vue

Posted in Javascript on September 28, 2017

Transitions are essential when you want to create an intuitive user interface. When using Vue, transitions are easily integrated in your application. Here we discuss a use case of one of our own projects.

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Transition to Laravel Forge and Envoyer – part 1

Posted in Development on September 12, 2016

In recent years, we have built several applications using the Laravel framework. Although we are really happy with the framework, hosting of those applications has always been a bit of a problem. Then, we ran into Laravel Forge as a tool to manage our own server and Laravel Envoyer to optimize the deployment of new features. In the following two blog posts we describe our experiences with these tools.

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Eloquent relations in Laravel

Posted in PHP on July 25, 2016

One of the powerfull features of Laravel are the eloquent relations. They make it easy to retrieve and store relevant information from a database without writing complex queries. In order to use the eloquent relations, one has to correctlty set up the database and define relations in the corresponding models. This blog post explains how to achieve this.

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Accessors and mutators in Laravel

Posted in PHP on May 30, 2016

A common issue when building a webapplication is the case where you want to display variables in a different format than they are stored in your database. For example, dates are by default stored as yyyy-mm-dd, but in the Netherlands dates are written as dd-mm-yyyy. Or maybe you stored the names of your users in lowercase, but you would like to show them with a capital. For those kind of situations, the accessors and mutators of Laravel are of great use.

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