Open source (house of innovation)

Open source (house of innovation)

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Freek Van der Herten

October 19, 2018
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    About me Freek Van der Herten Partner & developer at

    SPATIE @freekmurze https://murze.be
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    Since 2003 Websites, applications and webshops Team 9 awesome human

    beings Specialization Laravel / Vue development
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    We use a lot of it Nginx, Laravel, Ubuntu, Vue,

    Yarn, Redis, Beanstalkd, MySQL, Composer, Glide, Homestead, Flysystem, Fractal, Carbon, PHPUnit, NPM, React, jQuery, Java, SSH, Sequel Pro, BackupPC …
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    We create a lot of it ± 200 packages on

    Packagist ± 20 000 000 downloads total, ±1 800 000 downloads a month Most popular ones: laravel-backup, laravel-medialibrary, 
 laravel-permission Newest ones: laravel-view-models, laravel-blade-x Postcardware
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    The setting Zend Framework 1 PHP world was pretty stale

    around 2012 Laravel 4: developer happiness, clear syntax Laracasts: miniseries on package development + Travis
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    Beyond the first package Blender: conversion from Zend Framework to

    Laravel A lot of functionalities that could be helpful to other developers New packages: laravel-newsletter, laravel-medialib, laravel- analytics Opensourcing Blender itself Very positive feedback from the community
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    Creating a habit Every package gets born inside a client

    project Almost every client project results in a package:
 laravel-sitemap, opening-hours, … Teamwork Creating Blade X was a fun experience
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    Making time Time consuming Coding, writing tests, writing docs, getting

    the word out Maintenance, responding to issues, reviewing PRs 6000 issues, 5000 PRs
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    Planning Only plan 4 days a week for client work

    Extra day for support, learning and opensource efforts Free time
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    Benefits of creating packages A lot of learning by coding

    up the package and writing tests Feedback from the community Free code! Dogfooding Getting our name out there
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    Getting exposure Speaking at conferences Company name becomes a seal

    of quality More interesting projects International clients Hiring very talented people
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    Beware of burn out Easy to work too much on

    open source in free time Felt some of early staging Starting doing less https://murze.be/doing-less
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    Working on packages has a lot of benefits It’s fun

    Social aspect Can be recommended to everyone