Laravel Custom Logging

Building on this Laracast thread, I've been playing around with customizing logging in Laravel to take advantage of some of the Monolog processors. Cool stuff.

Using the Laravel Homestead "serve" command with Oh-My-Zsh

So I run an  "extras" script  after installing Laravel's Homestead that installs LDAP, Oracle Drivers, and Oh-My-Zsh among other things. But afterwards, I cannot run the "serve" command in the homestead VM to add new Nginx sites. I've finally figured out that the serve command is actually a bash shell alias function thingy inside .bash_aliases, so it's being ignored once I switch to Oh-My-Zsh.

Simply copying the serve function to .zshrc doesn't work due to some apparent syntax differences with bash and zsh. After digging around a bit, I've slightly modified the function to work now with zsh inside .zshrc:

Hopefully this helps someone else, or maybe someone has a better solution altogether.

Controlling Laravel Homestead VM From Any Folder in Terminal

Having a single Vagrant VM for all of my projects is nice, but I was used to controlling Vagrant from within a project's folder in Terminal and not having to go back to the central Homestead folder to run things like vagrant up or vagrant reload.

Adding these to my Oh-My-Zsh config (.zshrc) seems to do the trick:

alias devup="cd '/Users/gtaylor/Sites/Work/Homestead' && vagrant up && cd - 1> /dev/null"
alias devreload="cd '/Users/gtaylor/Sites/Work/Homestead' && vagrant reload && cd - 1> /dev/null"
alias devdown="cd '/Users/gtaylor/Sites/Work/Homestead' && vagrant halt && cd - 1> /dev/null"

I'm using these in conjunction with `alias dev='ssh [email protected] -p 2222'` from the Homestead documentation.

"Extending" Laravel's Homestead

I put off moving my existing vagrant dev VMs over to [Laravel's Homestead]( for a couple of reasons:

  1. It doesn't completely match my production environments (Ubuntu 14.04 instead 12.04, PHP 5.5 instead of 5.4, Nginx instead of Apache).
  2. I knew I'd need to customize the VM anyway and I already had that worked out with my existing VMs (note the plural).

Thoughts on Laracon Day 1

I'm at Laracon 2014 in NYC, and as I predicted, it's a little overwhelming - in Lower Manhattan, seeing in-person all of these people I've been following and learning from the last year or so, and listening to really smart people talk about stuff which, in some cases, is a little over my head. But it's all good, in spite of a few kinks with the venue.


I think I fully grasped/comprehended about 50% of the talks, which is fine. That's probably a better percentage than some design patterns books I've read the first time thru. Taylor Otwell's keynote was an exception in that I fully understand the headaches with dev environments and deployment, so Homestead and Forge providing the "artisan"-like bookends to developing with Laravel makes perfect sense. I hope that Forge can (eventually) work with existing VPS environments to some degree, as I don't deploy new environments often, but would love to use it for some existing VMs that don't use the hosting providers currently supported.


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