8 Laravel Packages For Your Next Project

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.

Buddy The Elf

Since my singing is terrible, I’m going to spread developer cheer by posting my eight favorite Laravel packages of 2014. These are in alphabetical order.

Carbon

This is included in the Laravel core but it’s worth mentioning because of how much I use it. Dealing with dates has never been easier.

Debugbar

All the behind the scenes information you need to ensure your app is running smoothly and efficiently.

Envoy

Envoy allows you to run SSH commands on a remote system. I use it for everything from local tasks to deployments.

Laravel DomPDF

This makes creating PDF’s nice and simple by wrapping the DomPDF library in a Laravel familiar syntax.

Laravel Generators

Speed up your workflow with these time-saving generators. It includes commands for almost everything.

Laravel IDE Helper

If you use PhpStorm then this package is a must have. I use it on all my projects and it makes your IDE play nicely.

Intervention

Every project seems to have to deal with image uploads in one form or another. Intervention makes image uploading and processing a breeze.

Parsedown

I use this whenever I need to parse markdown. It is fast, consistent, and easy to use.


All the projects I worked on this year, Snappy and one or two side projects, were really focused and I didn’t have a chance to implement a lot of the other packages. Hopefully, that changes over the next year because the community has created so many. I’d love to have the time to explore all of them.

Thanks to everyone who created in 2014!

Did I miss your favorite? Share in the comments.

0 Replies to “8 Laravel Packages For Your Next Project”

  1. Nice list!

    I can recommend these as well (they are all L5 compatible)
    https://github.com/cviebrock/eloquent-sluggable – to generate slugs
    https://github.com/davejamesmiller/laravel-breadcrumbs – provides an easy way to generate breadcrumbs
    https://github.com/itsgoingd/clockwork – a very nice debugging helper

    I recently made a few packages specifically for Laravel 5:
    https://github.com/freekmurze/laravel-tail – brings back the tail command
    https://github.com/freekmurze/laravel-backup – can backup your entire L5 app to any of the configured filesystems
    https://github.com/freekmurze/laravel-glide – provides very easy integration with Glide in L5
    https://github.com/freekmurze/searchindex – to store and retrieve object from Elasticsearch

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