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I regularly work on medium to large scale websites using both Laravel and CakePHP. A common part of the development process is building in some additional JavaScript functionality to improve the user experience. This can often be functionality that is only relevant to specific pages. For a example, on an ecommerce site the checkout process may consist of several steps each with functionality unique to that page; the basket step may need the ability to update quantities and totals whilst the payment screen may need to toggle fields depending on the card type.

Whilst working on a site I’ve been developing using a Laravel Homestead Vagrant box I discovered that the box’s clock had drifted out of sync with my laptop by about 10 minutes. Normally this wouldn’t be much of an issue for me, but in my case I was trying to authenticate via an API using OAuth and that time difference was causing the authentication to fail. The solution to my authentication issue was to reset Homestead’s clock to the correct time, but obviously over time this would likely go out of sync again.

The other night I downloaded a fresh install of Laravel 5.4 using Homestead as my development server and quickly hit upon issues running Mix, Laravel’s Webpack API.

Screenshot of the Street Art Sheffield homepage
Homepage of Street Art Sheffield.

Launched a little over a month ago, Street Art Sheffield is a personal project I’ve been working on this year. It’s a showcase for the fantastic street art found across Sheffield, the city I call home.

What's New in Laravel 4.3

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Laravel 4.3 is out in November and Martin Bean has nicely summarised what’s new in the next release. 4.3 sees a reworking of the directory structure, name-spacing the default app and introduces “requests” among other things.