Feb. 12, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
After I had everything written and working I decided to go back and try to figure out why I couldn't run my function to get the language out of session and put it into the app config globally. It didn't make sense that I needed to cut and paste the same function into every single controller. So I tried it again as a helper function and this time it works perfectly. I have no idea why it didn't work before, but it's working now. I took the function out of the controllers and replaced it with a call to the helper, which is much better because I don't need to have the same exact code repeated in 10 different places, although it is a bit frustrating that I don't know why it didn't work at first.
I also added a call to setlocale() in the helper function which allows dates to be localized using strftime() instead of date(). I spent a while trying to get this working - I had to add the locales to the server using:
And select the locales you want to use and then restart Apache. I wasn't able to get the date localization working on my local dev environment, for which I am using Homestead. I am still not sure why, the main difference between my production server and my dev environment is that the former uses Apache and the latter Nginx, so maybe it has something to do with that. As much as I hate not knowing why things don't work that should work, I'm not going to spend more time trying to figure it out since it is working here.
Oct. 28, 2016, 9:45 a.m.
It was a bit tricky for me to get the archive list on the right here working properly. It was easy to do in normal PHP, but I wanted to stay within a strict MVC model where all the processing is done in the controller and the view just displays the data. I was having a hard time figuring out how to properly group the items without setting variables in the view.
I ended up building an array with three nested levels in the controller. The array is as follows:
I start with my array with the $year as key and an empty array as the value. Then for each month I push on an array with $month as key and an empty array as the value. Then for each post I push on an array with two values - the post $title and $slug. This array is passed into the view.
To display it I just do three nested foreach loops:
Simple, clean and easy! Much simpler than the other ways to do this I found online.
Oct. 28, 2016, 9:44 a.m.
I don't really have much to say, and I may not ever post here again. I'm just doing this to teach myself Laravel. But I can't just leave this page blank with nothing here, so I figured I should write something.
Honestly, I don't much care for blogs. I don't really think my opinions are so great that everyone needs to read them and I certainly don't want to read everyone else's opinions about everything. I used to keep a blog on blogger where I would post random things I found, but I haven't updated it since 2009.
But writing a little blog module seemed like a good way to learn so I made this. And it would be really silly if it was just a blank page with nothing here.