Laravel – core principles and functionality
They say that when the devs play the Word Association game, they immediately say “Laravel” when the lead says “PHP”. Some say “mama, save me” and some “the love of my life”, but that’s the part of another story… What we are about to immerse into is the world of Laravel and if you still have a strong urge to read about PHP – here’s the link. But promise to come back!
So, Laravel is PHP’s open-source server-side framework. It organizes the code, provides many additional features and commands (so you won’t have to create them from the scratch). Overall, the framework improves the popular programming language so that even Java supporters decide to drink coffee near the window during the rain rather than post deprecating memes about PHP.
PHP and Laravel are like two very look-alike black hoodies. However, when you come closer, you understand that the first one is chaotically put together, with odd stitches, and the pocket weirdly large. The second one is proportional and the stitches are completely invisible, the pocket is spacious and does not stand out a mile.
It’s like with PHP you have freedom of choice – any kind of stitch, any fabrics, any method of joining. You can make a great hoodie if you already have much experience. However, there’s a chance you end up with a duster. With Laravel, you get a set of pre-written rules about how the hoodies should be so they would be wearable, washable, and durable… It’s easier to make a product of good quality if you have all dos and don’ts.
So, one of the features of PHP is its lack of strict architecture and strong typing. It provides great flexibility, but also makes the code unstructured. That’s what Laravel is for PHP – an organizer. It gives this programming language a sense of structure, enriching it with pre-written classes and other functionalities. So what is Laravel used for?
- Modular packaging system contains functions that you would have to code from the scratch without Laravel;
- Eloquent Object Relational Mapping turns database tables into classes, improving the access and the manipulation with them;
- The Artisan command-line interface allows using pre-build commands that the Laravel processes to a computer in the form of lines of text;
- Automated testing improves the QA process;
- Homestead VirtualBox allows immediate out-of-the-box development;
- Authorization techniques in Laravel make it easier to configure and control authentication feature;
- Model-View-Controller architecture, dividing an app into three components: MODEL (data retrieval, state maintenance), VIEW (an interface and UI rendering), CONTROLLER (operations that can be performed with data, user input);
SapientPro Laravel Project Example
It’s one of the many sites built with Laravel that SapientPro worked on. We decided to tell you about this project, as it contains the most vivid Laravel features, but first a little about the platform. Marketing and content creating gathers together copywriters and designers on Contentoo platform. They write about their skills and experience, provide sample works, and wait…