Matt Lantz

Matt has been developing software for over 13 years. He started his career as a developer working for a small marketing firm, but has since worked for a few Fortune 500 companies, lead a couple teams of developers and is currently working as a Cloud Architect. He’s contributed to the open source community on projects such as Cordova and Laravel. He also made numerous packages and helped maintain a few. He’s worked with Start Ups and sub-teams of big teams within large divisions of companies. He’s a passionate developer who often fills his weekend with extra freelance projects, and code experiments.

twitter: @Mattylantz


Navigating the Ocean of Data Visualization with Mermaid.JS

By Matt Lantz

If you’ve ever drowned in the crashing waves of code while attempting to create a flowchart, sequence diagram, or any form of data representation, then it’s time for you to be rescued by Mermaid.JS. This powerful JavaScript library for creating diagrams and flowcharts is a breath of fresh air for the developer community, offering a haven from complicated, time-consuming charting tools. by Matt Lantz

Published in World Community, March 2024

A Comparative Analysis of Swoole vs Roadrunner

By Matt Lantz

by Matt Lantz

Published in The PHP Gambit: Winning Strategies in Code, February 2024

Secret Management: And Why You’ll Regret Not Having It

By Matt Lantz

Consider the challenges that can come with having to scale your system, add on load balancers, and handle horizontal scaling. What about key rotations and vulnerability monitoring of secrets? These are just a few concerns a secret management platform can help your team handle. by Matt Lantz

Published in Bad Bug Bounties, January 2024

WebAuthn: The Future to Securing Applications

By Matt Lantz

Online security is a predominant concern among most companies and developers. Traditional authentication methods, such as passwords, have proven to be increasingly vulnerable to hacking and phishing attacks. by Matt Lantz

Published in Command Line Picasso, November 2023

HTMX: The Simple Markup Extension We’ve Been Waiting For

By Matt Lantz

Enhanced simplicity and efficiency, what’s not to love? HTMX offers both; however, it also comes with some disadvantages. Let’s review the pros and cons together and determine how to make it work best for you. by Matt Lantz

Published in Software Archeology, October 2023

Popular Tools for Robust Laravel Development

By Matt Lantz

Developers rarely build anything from scratch that isn’t neatly wrapped in various packages or frameworks. Developers also rarely configure a replica of a production environment to write some code. Developers have for decades built tools for other developers to help streamline their development process. Some communities can get this right where various members push the envelope and help remove hurdles from their fellow developers. Other communities have fallen very short. Let’s take a look at how Laravel stacks up.
by Matt Lantz

Published in The Spectrum of PHP, September 2023

Convention over Configuration: Anti-Patterns in Laravel

By Matt Lantz

There are often various threads of people ranting on Twitter and other social platforms about anti-patterns and the chaos they produce in applications. In a classic developer argument manner, their arguments are often anecdotal and rife with emotionally driven opinions over conclusive pros and cons arguments. Laravel, like any other code and framework, is filled with highly opinionated code; you buy into some of the opinions or avoid them. Laravel itself is not immune to anti-patterns, nor does it distinctively encourage developers to avoid common ones. However, there are common anti-patterns that Laravel developers can avoid while still utilizing the framework conventionally.
by Matt Lantz

Published in Packing Up PHP, August 2023

Artisan Way: MPA vs. SPA vs. Transitional

By Matt Lantz

Web Applications and website architectures have shifting trends, just
like frameworks and languages. As one group’s interest takes hold,
another group’s interest becomes the way of the past. However, the World
Wide Web’s core architecture has changed very little throughout its
life; That statement could trigger some people, so I’ll clarify it.
Since its inception, the core of the World Wide Web was simply you enter
an address in a browser, and you get content provided back. In cases
where you submitted information, the server consumed it and either
redirected you or provided direct content. Yet, regardless of this,
developers have consistently attempted to force the server-browser
relationship into some Frankenstein that either becomes a nightmare of
maintenance or becomes a pattern we all choose to leave in the past.
by Matt Lantz

Published in Be Barrier Free, July 2023

Artisan Way: Defensive Programming For Laravel

By Matt Lantz

Building Laravel applications can be a wonderful experience. As a
full-stack framework, it provides numerous avenues for creating a
well-functioning scalable application. Laravel is, by default, set with
layers for security measures, and there are multiple packages to add
extra standards, ensuring your application will remain as secure as
possible. by Matt Lantz

Published in Evolving PHP, June 2023

Artisan Way: ADR vs MVC

By Matt Lantz

In ADR or Action-Domain-Response, we maintain a three-piece pattern
that lets us split our responsibilities. The classic MVC structure or
Model-View-Controller is prevalent across all languages in the web
development industry. Let’s take a closer look at both. by Matt

Published in HTTP Burritos, May 2023 —Available for Free

Artisan Way: The Subtle Art of Optimal DaaS

By Matt Lantz

All too often, when any Laravel developer is requested to start a
project, they get zoned in on the selection of things like Livewire
vs. Inertia or which Spatie packages to use. Generally, their focus is
on the code, not the infrastructure or the DevOps tooling. Regardless of
their stack, most developers have a cloud provider they are most
comfortable with: Digital Ocean or AWS, or one of the many others.
Second, particularly in the Laravel community, the next question is, do
I use Forge or Vapor for this project? What we’re examining is the
subtle art of DaaS selection and optimization. by Matt

Published in Getting TEKnical, April 2023

Artisan Way: Laravel 10: New Features and Upgrade Impacts

By Matt Lantz

Upgrading a Laravel application has rarely been considered a “large process”, but a version of Laravel is released every now and then that carries with it some “bigger” changes. Laravel 10, like the last couple of versions, has been an exercise in an elegant release structure that enables developers to upgrade and deploy an app, usually in less than 10 minutes. I’ve been able to get a couple applications upgraded recently, and it took less than 5 minutes in each case. There are a few small quirks in version 10’s upgrade process, which are outlined below. However, the overall upgrade is smooth and, in this version’s case, simply adds more features and a minor reduction in dependencies. by Matt Lantz

Published in Box of PHP, March 2023

Artisan Way: Events, Listeners, Jobs, and Queues Oh my!

By Matt Lantz

Harnessing the power of Laravel’s queues, events, listeners, observers, and jobs will significantly improve response times and provide your application with a clear separation of coding concerns enabling you to deliver some seriously efficient code. by Matt Lantz

Published in Knowledge Crunching, February 2023