If you've shouted at Stack Overflow while looking for Laravel ‘how-to's, the 4 tips below are for you. Here at Global Initiative we're coding up our most recent project using the PHP framework Laravel. As someone who has done work with Drupal and also with a more bare-bones CMS framework in Django, a lot of the concepts and syntaxes in Laravel were familiar to me. I was up and running fairly quickly and coasting towards being an A1 expert Laravel dev... or so I thought. This bloglet isn't designed to be an introduction to Laravel, there's plenty of those already such as from the official docs here or here.
It's the little quirks and hidden functionality that caught me out and forced me to look at the dauntingly extensive documentation. So to save you, the beginner Laravel dev, some painful research time here are some handy tips that took a while to find. nl2br (and other string utility methods) Got a form with an address field? Contact form that uses a textarea and emails someone? To stop your address display or emails looking like one long string, you can use the nl2br PHP utility method in your blade template to http://laravel.io/forum/01-22-2015-keep-line-breaks.
Laravel also has a number of string formatting utilities for common operations (Sentence case, slugify, etc.). You may find it helpful to use some of these in a... Presenter Presenters allow an easy way to have models display differently in a variety of contexts, without having to have hundreds of methods on your object classes. For example, you may have an online store with a Product and you may want to have display change for whether the logged in user is a store owner or a customer. In this case you can use a Presenter to show prices in different ways. You can have individual convenience methods or even a secondary view, returning a chunk of renderable information in one go. It's easy to implement and use - register your class as having PresentableTrait and start writing your Presenter to go with it.