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Laravel 5 Essentials

By : Martin Bean
Book Image

Laravel 5 Essentials

By: Martin Bean

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Laravel 5 Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Laravel

PHP frameworks aren't new, but one of the newest on the block is Laravel. Since version 3, Laravel has exploded in popularity to become one of the most popular and widely used PHP frameworks in a short span of time. At the time of writing, the Laravel repository on GitHub has more stars than its more mature contemporaries such as Symfony, CakePHP, CodeIgniter, and Yii. So what is it about Laravel that makes it so popular?

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • How the productivity can be increased using a framework

  • The fundamental concepts and key features of Laravel

  • The general structure and conventions of a new Laravel application

  • An introduction to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern, on which Laravel is based

  • Migration tips for users of the previous versions of Laravel

We will look at its key features and how they have made Laravel an indispensable tool for many web developers. We will compare writing PHP applications with and without a framework, and see how using a framework can aid in writing more robust and better-structured PHP applications. Then, we will take a closer look at the anatomy of a Laravel application and the third-party packages that it leverages. After reading this chapter, you will have the knowledge needed to get started and build your first Laravel application.