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No worries, I’m still here!

It’s been a long time since I last published. I started this year with other goals in mind and writing for my blog was not one of them.Don’t worry tough! A new article is under construction :) I had to solve one real scenario with some programming and I’m going to document the process.Meanwhile I want to share with you three random websites that really...

How To Create Your First Telegram Bot

A new year begun and new projects spark in our mind.I decided to explore again Telegram bots and produce more contents. If you want to get started this is the best occasion.Read my first post of the year. You will learn:Basics of BotsSmall framework to build uponEasy to use host for your botRead more here How To Create Your First Telegram Bot.How To...

Masonry Like Grid With Plain Bootstrap

Without using any Javascript trickery, it’s possible to create a Masonry like grid with plain Bootstrap.Bootstrap 3In Bootstrap 3 it’s as simple as doing:<div class="row"> <div class="col-lg-4"> <div class="row"></div> <div class="row"></div> <div class="row"></div> </div> <div class="col-lg-4">...

Generating RSS Feed For Instagram Users

It turns out that it’s easy to generate an RSS feed for Instagram profiles with Google App Script.In case you did not know, Instagram has some public API that let you get information about users and media.In this blog post, I’m going to build an RSS feed from a collection of users using Google App Script.App Script is a great service to run snippets...

How To Schedule User Generated Cron Jobs In Laravel

While developing a personal project I was in the need to let user defines actions that run periodically.My first thought was to use the Task Scheduling component of Laravel. The solution that I came up with is quite simple, yet effective.In app/Console/Kernel.php inside the schedule method I placed this snippet of code.if (Schema::hasTable('tasks'))...

Make your Telegram bot with Laravel and BotMan

After a long time I’m here to talk about Telegram bots. Lately, I discovered a nice PHP library for building Telegram Bots and I want now to show you it’s potential — BotMan.BotMan is a framework agnostic PHP library that is designed to simplify the task of developing innovative bots for multiple messaging platforms, including Slack, Telegram, Microsoft...

Custom Disks For Your Laravel Users

In one of my side projects, a tool that I’m developing for myself, I let users retrieve files from a custom file-system.Laravel provides a nice integration of the Flysystem library from The PHP League.With Laravel, you need to configure your file-system from config/filesystems.php.Sure enough, this works if you want to configure the disks for your application....

Scraping a Subreddit With a One-Liner

I consume a lot of contents on Reddit. I spend most of the time lurking and hoping to discover the best things. I love the serendipity.What I also like is to browse subreddit where users post only images, /r/spaceporn to name one of them.What I also like is to download those images and make private collections to use as wallpapers. But I find tedious...

March In Review

Here it is the list of blog posts that I published this month. I focused primarily on some inner aspects of the Laravel PHP framework:Understanding Laravel’s HighOrder Collections [4 min read]Understanding Laravel’s Automatic Facades [3 min read]Reading ListDuring the days I read a lot, here there are some blog articles that was worth to read.Why (most)...

Understanding Laravel’s Automatic Facades

Another cool feature shipped with the release of Laravel 5.4 is the ability to use Facades on the fly.Automatic Facades with the HighOrders Collections are my most favorite features of this release!I won’t explain what Facades are because the official documentation is quite informative. So I assume you are familiar with them.How To Create Custom FacadesBefore...

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