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Full-Stack Vue.js 2 and Laravel 5

By : Anthony Gore
Book Image

Full-Stack Vue.js 2 and Laravel 5

By: Anthony Gore

Overview of this book

Vue is a JavaScript framework that can be used for anything from simple data display to sophisticated front-end applications and Laravel is a PHP framework used for developing fast and secure web-sites. This book gives you practical knowledge of building modern full-stack web apps from scratch using Vue with a Laravel back end. In this book, you will build a room-booking website named "Vuebnb". This project will show you the core features of Vue, Laravel and other state-of-the-art web development tools and techniques. The book begins with a thorough introduction to Vue.js and its core concepts like data binding, directives and computed properties, with each concept being explained first, then put into practice in the case-study project. You will then use Laravel to set up a web service and integrate the front end into a full-stack app. You will be shown a best-practice development workflow using tools like Webpack and Laravel Mix. With the basics covered, you will learn how sophisticated UI features can be added using ES+ syntax and a component-based architecture. You will use Vue Router to make the app multi-page and Vuex to manage application state. Finally, you will learn how to use Laravel Passport for authenticated AJAX requests between Vue and the API, completing the full-stack architecture. Vuebnb will then be prepared for production and deployed to a free Heroku cloud server.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Development tools

We can utilize some handy development tools to improve our frontend workflow, including:

  • Watch mode
  • BrowserSync

Watch mode

So far, we've been running builds of our app manually using npm run dev every time we make a change. Webpack also has a watch mode where it automatically runs a build when a dependency changes. Thanks to the design of Webpack, it is able to efficiently complete these automatic builds by only rebuilding modules that have changed.

To use watch mode, run the watch script included in package.json:

$ npm run watch

To test that it works, add this at the bottom of resources/assets/js/app.js:

console.log("Testing watch");

If watch mode is running correctly, saving this file will trigger a build, and you'll see updated build statistics in the Terminal. If you then refresh the page you'll see the Testing watch message in the console.

To turn off watch mode, press Ctrl + C in the Terminal. It can then be restarted at any time. Don't forget to remove the console.log once...