Validate a UK Grid Reference in Laravel 5

This will just be a small article and quite a specific one. We’ll be looking at how to verify an input to guarantee it is a valid 8 figure grid reference. This will be checking against the UK Ordnance Survey standard, so two letters followed by four easting numbers and four northing numbers. e.g. AA11112222 It is important to remove any spaces from the string before submitting. This can be achieved through a small JS function and a .replace function. … Continued


A Week with Laravel 5: What’s New

With a PHP project we have just started, we decided to begin development with the Laravel 5 framework – even before it’s been released. The framework is due to be released this month (Jan 2015) and instead of starting with Laravel 4 and attempting to migrate upwards, it seems natural to begin with the newest version even though it’s features might change slightly pre-release. Being comfortable developing with both PHP and Laravel 4, some of the changes with version 5 … Continued


Getting Started with Laravel: Part 2 – The Setup

In our first part to our Getting Started with Laravel series we looked at how to install Laravel using Composer and Git and then used the php artisan serve command to host a web server locally. In this part we’ll be moving on to look at getting Laravel setup with a database back end and creating our first query. This part might be quite a short one as there isn’t much setup needed with Laravel before diving straight into coding … Continued


Getting Started with Laravel: Part 1 – The Install

This is the first article in a section of posts outlining how to get started using the PHP framework, Laravel. Why? There are many different PHP frameworks out there, some popular names include CodeIgniter and CakePHP, all having their merits. One of the most important aspects of choosing a framework comes down to how you feel when using it – does it make sense and feel good to use. Personally, Laravel fits in well with the way I work and … Continued


HHVM, Laravel & Heroku – The Killer Combination

Laying the foundations to a new project recently, some new web technologies were considered for use, notable among these was the recent announcement of Facebook’s HHVM engine and HACK language, which is now gaining support and stability. The project itself was going to be run on Heroku, a cloud PaaS (Platform as a Service) which allows websites to scale dynamically as they grow. Aside from what the software was going to run on, the software itself was going to be … Continued