Today we are going to take another major decision on our template development for Laravel Generator.
It's been around more than 7 months since we launched a new Laravel generator with the ability to select any CSS framework based on developers choice. Even anyone can develop his own templates and use it with a generator.
After these 7 months, now we have around 4 templates repository including Bootstrap Templates, AdminLTE Theme Templates, FlatLab Theme Templates, Metronic Theme Templates with maintaining templates for 3 different version of Laravel including 5.1, 5.2, 5.3. Also, laravel has a rapid release cycle, so it's very hard to maintain 4 packages with 3 different versions supported.
Also, what we realized is, lots of developers are using AdminLTE templates only for their main backend development. We found AdminLTE far better than any other templates. Also, It comes with a better setup, better elements support, regular updates and fits best for back-end Admin Panel development.
So today, we are taking a decision to actively only maintain AdminLTE templates and deprecate all other template development from our end. so we can focus on one template repository and can add more features to it.
It doesn't mean that packages will be deleted from its GitHub repository. It will always be there, but we will be focusing more on AdminLTE templates and all other templates will be more community driven.
Greetings friends. Finally, the InfyOm Labs blog is here.
This is my first blog, so, of course, this is my first post. so I spent quite a huge time reading how to start a blog. Let me take you in the past and give you a brief idea, how all these things were started.
Back in 2015, I just got started with full-time freelancing. It has been almost 2 years, I started working with Laravel. And recently Laravel 5 was just released in Feb 2015. It was a great time when the Laravel community was growing really fast. Lots of developers were accepting Laravel as their primary framework for their mainstream development.
In these 2 years, I worked on a lot of projects where I developed some CRM systems, Analytics Platforms, lots of APIs for mobile applications, etc. And the common problem that I found was, every time when I start a new module or a project, I have to create lots of common classes like, migration, model, controller, crud views files, repository, test cases, etc. And this was a problem for lots of developers.
Then I started to streamline this process and this is how my first laravel-api-generator package was born. In just a few days, it has been started to be used by lots of developers and I got a lot of feature requests.
Almost after a year, I realized that it was missing some modularity architecture where a community can have the option to customize it the way they want to use it. Like customizing CSS framework, generator templates, etc.
so I decided to rewrite a full package with a modular way and then the second version of the package was introduced with a new name InfyOmLabs/laravel-generator as a part of my new company's Labs project with a new website and detailed better documentation.
InfyOm Labs is a place where we do various experiments and release it as an open-source project for a community.
Again, we got a huge attraction and even this time in a short period of around 6-7 months we completed 1000 stars on our new InfyOmLabs Github Account.
Just after some time, I got comments from a community that there should be some blog where tutorials & videos should be posted to use the generator package for some newbie developers and some more complex features of the package.
Then today, I finally started a blog and will post tutorials and videos for Generator as well as for Laravel & PHP from time to time.
so stay tuned for the videos and tutorials. Also, I would like to hear your ideas about the tutorials and videos that you want to be posted here. Just post a comment about your ideas below.
Looking for the first idea to be submitted. :)