Since our nosedive in Javascript there is a ton of things to learn and the greatest new insights are written down in posts in this category.

Creating a product configurator with Vue #2

Posted in Javascript on May 15, 2019

In the previous post I introduced our fictive webshop with a product configurator. The plan is to build this configurator using Vue. To manage the state of the application I’ll use Vuex. In this post the Vuex store is introduced with modules, state, actions and mutations. At the end I even include a small test implementation.

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Creating a product configurator with Vue

Posted in Javascript on May 1, 2019

We see it more and more these days: product configurators in webshops. The customer may choose from a wide variety of options to create a personalised product. The techniques to develop such a product configurator also vary widely. In this blog series I’ll discuss our approach using Vue. In the first part I’ll go over the concept, a sketch and defining the components.

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Adding Workbox to a @vue/cli PWA

Posted in Javascript on April 10, 2019

Workbox is the workhorse for progressive web apps of today. With only a few lines of code we get precaching, runtime caching and offline mode. In this post I’ll show how to add Workbox to an existing PWA built with @vue/cli and the pwa plugin to obtain a perfect score of 100 in Google’s Lighthouse tool.

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How to add push notifications to a progressive web app

Posted in Javascript on November 21, 2018

This is the second post on building progressive web apps using the new Vue CLI 3. Push notifications will be introduced to create a native app experience. Push notifications require quite some work compared to using the Browser’s Notification API as we did so far. We need to setup a backend and add functionality to subscribe for push notifications. In addition, we also need to create a listener in the service worker to be able to show push notifications. Ready? Let’s go!

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Build a progressive web app using Vue CLI 3

Posted in Javascript on October 19, 2018

Progressive web apps are great! Benefits are a wide reach because they are ‘just’ websites and pop up in search results. Moreover, they are very reliable, fast and engaging. Therefore we will explore how to develop a progressive web app using the latest technology: Vue with the new command line tool @vue/cli and plugins. In this post we quickly scaffold the app and add PWA support. Then we focus on sending notifications using the Notifications API.

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Deploying a Vue single page app on Laravel Forge

Posted in Javascript on September 19, 2018

Recently we implemented a single page application in Vue. For local development we simply work on our machine using a node dev-server. However, when it is time to go public with the app, we need a deployment strategy. In this post I will explain our setup for a single page application created with Vue and how we deploy the app to a server using Laravel Forge.

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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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Our Vue starter pack

Posted in Javascript on October 26, 2017

With vue-cli you can scaffold a new Vue app quickly. There are various templates out there you can use. Just typing vue init template-name, installing and running is all it takes. However, we tweaked the standard webpack template a little to incorporate Vuex and to have two pages using VueRouter. Just a simple starter for our own projects.

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Spicing up a Laravel webapp with Vue

Posted in Javascript on October 20, 2017

Improving an old codebase by adding Vue to it. Yeah! Although only partly visible in the frontend of the webapp, we completely changed our client side code. We ditched jQuery and used Vue in our administration app.

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Testing Vue components in an isolated way using Storybook

Posted in Javascript on October 12, 2017

Testing your components in Vue is a good idea. You can use unit tests or end-to-end tests. However, testing the look and feel of your components is also possible by simply watching how they render in the page for a specific state of the UI. In this post I’ll discuss two approaches for isolated testing of your Vue components inside a Laravel project.

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