News, updates, improvements, and highlights from current projects
Welcome to 2021
Jan 12, 2021
2020 was a hectic and transformative year for us as we're sure it was for you too. We had to reevaluate project ideas, drop some and add new ones. Though we were able to push forward on integrating some new features into some of our open source packages, we fell behind on developing our new flagship product Appnomaly (now rebranded as AppDigest). As such, we've decide to kick off this year with a refocused effort on it. From our team to yours, we're wishing everyone a great 2021 ahead.
Livewire compatibility, more fields, and more customizability.
Integrated Livewire components, and broad improvements to: the UI, Stripe integration and overall code quality.
Winter is coming
Sep 17, 2020
As the summer draws to a close and our team gets ready for a cozy winter inside, we've begun work on some new tools and packages to help us deliver the best solutions for our clients. We've started extensive work on Appnomaly and are preparing for Sumday's next release which should be in the next month.
- All Open Source Packages:
Minor updates across most of our packages in the past couple months, including better MIT licensing attribution and documentation.
We added a payload method to set details in an action form. Rebranded the package and made general improvements
Was updated to Laravel 8 along with some other various improvements
More Open Source
Jul 07, 2020
We started out last month by sponsoring three more open source developers. We also put more work into our existing packages and have been steadily working toward broader goals to help with code maintenance, including rebuilding some products from the ground up.
Database has received some broad updates to help backup specific tables, which can then be restored easily, or used for testing purposes.
We added the ability to inject HTML snippets into forms now in order to get the layout exactly right, as well as several other features including blade components, CRUD components and JS minification.
Due to a major change in a package we used all the time we had no choice but to build our own all new charts package which works with chartJS. Check it out here: https://github.com/grafiteinc/charts
Spring is in the Air
May 10, 2020
We released the documentation for Scaffold and did some further refactoring and upgrading on its boilerplate code. We've also put lots of effort into our FormMaker package to help speed up development tasks. Our objective as always is to help developers and businesses have more time with their family and friends, and we will continue to delivery on that objective.
We finished our initial documentation of Scaffold and will be slowly adding features as needed
Our maintenance package is a new tool for handling redundant tasks on servers ensuring better delivery of your content
We're continuing work on teams and projects for Sumday, hoping to deliver by Q3
As a means of servicing our customers even more effectively, we've started work on Appnomaly an automated app maintenance SaaS.
The Daily Grind
Apr 07, 2020
We've been hard at work preparing some packages, working on documentation and designing new features for some of our projects. We also released a new package called Database which helps with some small mundane actions when working with MySQL databases. We'll be making more annoucements soon as we continue to map out our upcoming projects.
Documentation is still in progress while we iron out some final details, though the billing component is done.
Initial release - We've got this one documented and released as v1.0.
We've started work on the projects component for Sumday to help you manage your billing concerns easily
A Fresh Start
Jan 10, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we write this. But our team has decided that its time to retire our Builder, CMS and Commerce packages. Though both have in the past served us well, and we did intend on adding more features to them, but we have examined the options out there and decided that they're not a good fit anymore. Our team has opted move our focus to using Statamic for CMS needs and utilizing our new Scaffold Boilerplate for future projects. If anyone would like to take over the packages they are welcome to fork them, we will be archiving the repositories next week, while we work on documentation for Scaffold and hopefully a release within the next week or two.
Abandoned - Replaced with Scaffold
Abandoned - There are well built CMS platforms out there which outperform and offer more options than we have time for.
Abandoned - It's completely reliant on the CMS and we'd rather build something that has more potential customers
Abandoned - these didn't even see the light of day, but in favour of Statamic and Scaffold we've decided to drop these ideas.
Initial release - Documentation is in progress along with the Billing component.
New Open Source Package!
Dec 03, 2019
Code Package Updates
Aug 28, 2019
Deciding what to build and how to impact the community is challenging. We've been discussing options of maintenance and long term commitments. Coupled with that comes technical debt chats and reviewing of goals and technologies we want to work with, as well as ways we want to help both developers and businesses. As such we've come to some final decisions regarding the direction of our open source packages. The hope with these new plans is that we will be able to help developers with well documented boilerplates as well as offer a collection of tools for existing custom built applications.
Coming soon, documentation in the works along with finalizing the Stripe integration
v3 will be a complete revamp of the Commerce package in order to work more effectively with v4 of our CMS.
We're currently working on v4 which is a large revamp of the package in order to break it down to essentails for easier long term maintenance. There will likely be some parts removed and placed into new packages.
We used to use our Builder package along with our CMS to provide an easy website solution. Since we've abandoned the Builder package we're currently working on Website which will be a boilerplate website with the CMS integrated.
Is currently on v2.1 and will be continued.
Has been abandoned as we no longer use it to build any of our projects.
Github Package Archiving
Jun 27, 2019
We're not always the happiest when we have to archive projects but sometimes it's needed. In our case, we've had lots of open source projects that have not gotten any attention and we've generally stopped using them. Over the next couple weeks we'll be archiving them. This also means we will no longer be maintaining them.
All docs for archived packages will now move to their respective packages. They will be placed in the readmes.
Commerce was a great package to develop but it needs complete refactoring and updates and we currently do not have any projects using it.
This was originally a flagship package for us, but we just don't use it anymore. We've moved to using a general boilerplate (called Scaffold) which we will be open sourcing soon
We're going to be archiving Crypto as its no longer needed since Laravel handles all of these features by default
Though we used to actively use Homestead for general development Laravel's Valet has proven to be a better solution.
New Packages Coming Soon
Jun 25, 2019
We're super excited to be announcing the upcoming arrival of some new packages. Checkout the information below to see what each package will cover!
An opinionated Laravel boilerplate, for faster app development.
A general activity tracker for Laravel applications (originally in Builder)
A role based permission system (originally in Builder)