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Laracon 2016 Summary - Day Three

The final day of Laracon focused on design, performance, software estimation and much more. Check out our summary of Laracon US day three.

July 30, 2016

Day Three of Laravel US Conference consisted of talks about design, performance tuning, software estimation, API tools, and Laravel. Seven speakers took to the stage and it was a scintillating experience. Currently, a specific date has still not been set on the release of Laravel 5.3. Taylor made it known to everyone that it will be released in a couple of weeks. Check out our recap of Day One and Day Two in case you missed them.

Adam Wathan was back again with a presentation on Curing the Common Loop. He talked about how for-loops and conditionals can be totally eliminated from a piece of code, instead using higher-order functions that allow for elegant code expression. Adam did a live coding session where he eliminated for-loops, conditionals, and temporary variables in an app and replaced them with Laravel Collection methods. Check out the slides from his workshop here.

Fabien Potencier, creator of Symfony and founder of Sensiolabs, gave a talk on PHP Performance Tuning with Blackfire. He talked about performance issues with PHP and PHP frameworks. And he gave insightful advice about how to track down these issues with Blackfire. Check out the turorial he made on using Blackfire in your applications here. Blackfire is available now on Laravel Forge.

"40% of users abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load - Fabien Potencier"


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Chuck Reeves gave a talk on Practical Software Estimation. Chuck dropped nuggets of wisdom on how to provide estimates for a software project. He emphasized why developers should estimate because they are the ones writing the code. Chuck compared developers to cardiologists and gave an example of how the latter cannot be coerced into performing a surgical operation for five hours instead of eight. As a developer, if it takes you eight hours to complete a task, do not negotiate for less! Check out the slides here.

Jason McCreary, creator of, gave a talk on YAGNI With Laravel. YAGNI, an acroynm for You Aren't Gonna Need It, is a principle of extreme programming that states a programmer should not add functionality until deemed necessary. He advocated KISS - "Keep it simple, stupid!" He talked about how programmers are always tempted to over-engineer solutions and how developers pride themselves on complex architectures. With YAGNI, you will:

  • Know when to defer decisions until tomorrow
  • Trust your ability to pivot quickly
  • Write less code

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Note: Don't call YAGNI on security features

Colin DeCarlo, gave a talk on Keeping Eloquent Eloquent. Eloquent is Laravel's ORM. He talked about the mistakes he's made using Eloquent. He advocated the following when using Eloquent:

  • On every model, create a defaults property and populate it with key value pairs of attribute and value. Merge with set values
  • Don't circumvent the abstraction layer provided by Eloquent
  • Use the source!

Jeremy Lindblom, an active contributor to Guzzle and AWS SDK and creator of Superclosure talked about Lumen, Guzzle & Swagger. He talked about API endpoints, HTTP methods, and how developers can leverage Swagger, Lumen, and Guzzle to develop great RESTFUL APIs and microservices. Check out the slides here.

Ryan Singer, product strategist at Basecamp, gave a talk titled Design: Case Study. He talked about the processes involved in creating a product, from rough sketch to a functional UI that's finally handed over to the developers.

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Laracon US 2016 is actually the first Laravel Conference to be 95 percent technical talks. All the speakers were great and the talks were educational and insightful.

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Many developers are already getting their hands dirty with Laravel 5.3 using the dev version. You can also try it out and tell us what you think in the comment section! Hopefully, about two weeks from now, Laravel Scout, Laravel Passport, Laravel Notifications, Laravel Mailable, and Laravel 5.3 will be officially released to the public.

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