How to use Laravel Homestead on Windows

In one of the more frustrating experiences I have had with Windows, I recently spent over an hour or two trying to get Laravel Homestead on Windows to play nicely. And there’s still room for improvement, but here is what can be done.

What’s new in Laravel 5

Laravel’s upcoming version will be 5.0, there will no longer be a 4.3 release. The primary reason for this change is a change in directory structure. Here is a summary of new features and major changes.

Laravel helper functions new to Laravel 5

Helper functions allow for shorter, sometimes cleaner, code. Here is the current list of Laravel helper functions added in Laravel 5, with one or two usage examples for each.

Delicious dummy text with Cupcake Ipsum

“Suger coat” your Lorem Ipsum dummy content with cupcakes and more goodness!

Pure CSS: A 4KB CSS framework

A review of Pure CSS: a modern, lightweight and responsive CSS framework. Pure: A set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project.

Comparing Strings and the 4 Turkish I’s

Turkish I’s come in 4 forms: ı, I, i, İ The Turkish I problem comes into play when comparing “standardised” strings, ones that have been converted to lower-case or upper-case.  This is commonly done for the purpose of comparing with a string literal, for example:

PHP JSON licensing and PHP 5.5

What has happened? JSON, a widely popular data interchange format, has ended up in a licensing conflict with Linux distributions over a clause in its license which states: “The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil.”