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Use Config Caching to Speed Up Your Laravel App

As web developers, we're always looking for ways to speed up our app. It's all about milliseconds today. There are several ways by which a web app or a web service could be optimised for speed. Being one of the most used and popular PHP frameworks, Laravel has a few tricks up its sleeves to make this happen. One of them is config caching. Obviously, this is not going to make tremendous improvement, but significant enough to be written about. So what is config caching? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like, you cache all your configuration so that you don't have to go looking for it every time you want to read a configuration. Laravel, as usual, has an artisan command for this: php artisan config:cache What does this command do? It's common to have all sensitive configuration (such

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It’s time to move your platform to RESTful APIs

If you are into tech, there’s a good chance you already know what’s a web API. All the cool kids use it these days. It’s the new kid on the block. And it’s sexy with well defined features. Web APIs aren’t necessarily new, they’ve been around for a while. Even RESTful APIs aren’t that young. But that’s not what we are here to talk about. We are here to see why it’s time to move your platform to a more modern architecture which exposes a bunch of (RESTful) APIs for the rest of the world to add value to your platform. As a person who’s been producing and consuming APIs for the last few years, I’ve seen a lot of them. I’ve had projects where I was required to get and send data to third party servers, and this is where RESTful APIs come in. I’ve seen tens of thousands of them, scrolled ...

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