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October 14, 2021

Hi everyone,  

Hope everyone in the PHP community making good progress on their work and projects. Speaking of work, I recently had a chat with Jan Bernecke of PHP Magazin (Germany) to talk about our newsletter’s history, and what we are currently working on (hint: a long overdue website makeover). So if you’re keen to know more just click here to read about it. 

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Tutorials and Talks

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Free Serverless Laravel Deployment
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Asserting valid and invalid requests in Laravel
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Laravel Github Actions
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Safe and simple AWS credential management for your Symfony/PHP application
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News and Announcements

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PhpStorm 2021.3 Early Access Build #3
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Reading and Viewing

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