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A developer UI for generating migrations, models and CRUDs

A web interface to generate migrations, models and CRUDs. Forget about the command line. Forget about migration types. Go from idea to full CRUD in seconds.

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Why?

What's your current process, when creating an entity in your project? We bet you need:

  • a migration;
  • a model;
  • maybe a factory and a seeder;
  • then you need an admin panel for it, so you create a CrudController, CrudRequest, route and sidebar item;

Haven't you gotten tired of doing that, for each new entity? We have. Not only is it boring and repetitive... it takes quite a bit of time to get just right. We've all tried to speed this up using existing tools. Hell, we've even contributed or taken over their maintenance:

  • we've used laracasts/generators for migrations and models, but it's difficult to generate a final migration in one command line; we always forget stuff... and it doesn't generate relationships;
  • we've used laravel-shift/blueprint for migrations and models with relationships, but then you have to learn&remember the Blueprint YAML syntax; we forget it, so we get into a back-and-forth between the Blueprint docs, the Laravel migration docs, the YAML file and the generated files;
  • then for CRUDs, we always use backpack/generators, but... it doesn't fill in the CrudRequest or the fields & columns... it's a technical limitation... so we have to punch in every column/field we want afterwards;

We're super-grateful to the creators of those tools. We've been using them for years and contributed to their projects as much as possible. But... we've always felt we can do better. So we did.

We're web developers, so we've created a web interface (😱 ), which uses those exact tools behind the scenes, connects them and polishes the generated files, automatically. We thought it would take us a few days, maybe weeks, but after quite a few months of working at this, we can finally say we've got something better. Something much much better.

Thanks to this package, creating new entities is no longer boring, or tedious. It's actually... fun 😀 We think you'll absolutely love this new way of starting your Laravel projects... In fact, we think you won't be able to go back to writing them by hand. We know we can't 😀

Features

Generate full entities in seconds

Thanks to Backpack\Devtools, you can just fill in one form:

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And you can get:

  • a complete migration;
  • a model with fillable and relationships already written;
  • a seeder and factory with the columns defined;
  • a CrudController with the fields & columns already defined;
  • a CrudRequest with the validation rules already inferred from the database restrictions;
  • a route and sidebar item for the admin panel;

That's a full working CRUD, you can go ahead and add items from the admin interface.

No, really. Here's what the form above generated:

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Manage your database migrations in a web interface

No more dumpster-diving into the database/migrations directory. Easily see your migrations, which ones are run, run them, roll them back and even open them in your editor to slighly polish them.

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Manage your models in a web interface

See the state of your Models, which ones have CRUDs, which ones have factories and seeders and insert dummy data right then&there.

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Generate custom admin panel components

[UNDER DEVELOPMENT] Soon enough, this package will also help you:

  • use templates to create a custom Backpack blade files - columns, fields, filters, buttons, widgets;
  • use templates to create custom Backpack Operations;
  • create completely custom Backpack pages (like dashboards);

You can forget about using the command line for those things. You can forget about looking inside the vendor/backpack/crud folder to see what you want to overwrite or get inspiration from. You think it, you click it, you have it.


Requirements

Backpack DevTools assumes that you already have:

  • Laravel 8+
  • PHP 7.3+
  • MySQL 5.7.x / 8.x
  • backpack/crud v4.1+ properly installed

Installation

Step 1. Buy access to this package and you'll get an access token. With that token in hand, you should instruct your project to pull in DevTools from our private repository, instead of Packagist:

  • add the token to your project's auth.json file by running composer config http-basic.backpackforlaravel.com [your-token-username] [your-token-password]
  • add the Backpack private repo to your composer.json:
    "repositories": [
        {
            "type": "composer",
            "url": "https://repo.backpackforlaravel.com/"
        }
    ],

Step 2. Install the package using Composer:

# Recommended - get latest DevTools version and update dependencies (backpack, livewire, sushi, blueprint)
composer require --dev --with-all-dependencies backpack/devtools

# Alternatively - get the version of DevTools you can install without updating anything
composer require --dev backpack/devtools

Common errors:

  • composer require conflict - run the recommended method above or composer update, to get the latest version;
  • Error 500 Class X does not seem to be auto-loaded - run the recommended method above or composer update, to get the latest version;

Step 3. Run the installation command and follow the instructions:

php artisan backpack:devtools:install

That's it. You can now visit your-app-name/admin/devtools to use DevTools. The rest is point&click.

SUPER-IMPORTANT!!! You must make sure your staging and production environments DO NOT include the DevTools interface and functionality:

  • if you auto-deploy your project using composer & git (using Laravel Forge, Envoyer or anything else), make sure that you're running composer install --no-dev;
  • if you deploy your project by uploading a ZIP file or FTP the files, make sure you upload builds after you've run composer install --no-dev;
  • alternatively, after you're done generating stuff using DevTools, just do composer remove --dev backpack/devtools, that'll get rid of it; or include that command in your build pipeline;

Support

To submit issues, bugs and feature requests, please see our laravel-backpack/devtools-issues repo on Github.

Security

If you discover any security related issues, please email [email protected] instead of using the issue tracker.

License

This software is proprietary & closed-source, released under the End-User License Agreement (EULA) for Private Backpack Addons. A copy of that license is also provided inside the source code - you can read that file by using the tabs at the beginning of this page.

Package Access

You don't currently have access to this package. To gain access, go ahead and purchase it. You'll get:

Next 12 months
  • download or install using Composer;
  • all updates (major, minor and patch);
After 12 months
  • can still access all versions and updates you paid;
  • can still install using Composer;
  • no new versions or updates;
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