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Laravel Tutorial Overview

Laravel – Overview

 


 

 
 

Laravel is an open-source PHP framework, which is robust and easy to understand. It follows a model-view-controller design pattern. Laravel reuses the existing components of different frameworks which helps in creating a web application. The web application thus designed is more structured and pragmatic.

Laravel offers a rich set of functionalities that incorporates the basic features of PHP frameworks like CodeIgniter, Yii, and other programming languages like Ruby on Rails. Laravel has a very rich set of features that will boost the speed of web development.

If you are familiar with Core PHP and Advanced PHP, Laravel will make your task easier. It saves a lot of time if you are planning to develop a website from scratch. Moreover, a website built in Laravel is secure and prevents several web attacks.

Advantages of Laravel

 

Laravel offers you the following advantages when you are designing a web application based on it 

  • The web application becomes more scalable, owing to the Laravel framework.

  • Considerable time is saved in designing the web application since Laravel reuses the components from other frameworks in developing web applications.

  • It includes namespaces and interfaces, thus helps to organize and manage resources.

Composer

 

Composer is a tool that includes all the dependencies and libraries. It allows a user to create a project with respect to the mentioned framework (for example, those used in Laravel installation). Third-party libraries can be installed easily with help of composer.

All the dependencies are noted in composer.json file which is placed in the source folder.

Artisan

 

The command-line interface used in Laravel is called Artisan. It includes a set of commands which assists in building a web application. These commands are incorporated from the Symfony framework, resulting in add-on features in Laravel 5.1 (latest version of Laravel).

Features of Laravel

 

Laravel offers the following key features which makes it an ideal choice for designing web applications –

Modularity

 

Laravel provides 20 built-in libraries and modules which helps in enhancement of the application. Every module is integrated with Composer dependency manager which eases updates.

Testability

 

Laravel includes features and helpers which helps in testing through various test cases. This feature helps in maintaining the code as per the requirements.

Routing

 

Laravel provides a flexible approach to the user to define routes in the web application. Routing helps to scale the application in a better way and increases its performance.

Configuration Management

 

A web application designed in Laravel will be running on different environments, which means that there will be a constant change in its configuration. Laravel provides a consistent approach to handle the configuration in an efficient way.

Query Builder and ORM

 

Laravel incorporates a query builder that helps in querying databases using various simple chain methods. It provides ORM (Object Relational Mapper) and ActiveRecord implementation called Eloquent.

Schema Builder

 

Schema Builder maintains the database definitions and schema in PHP code. It also maintains a track of changes with respect to database migrations.

Template Engine

 

Laravel uses the Blade Template engine, a lightweight template language used to design hierarchical blocks and layouts with predefined blocks that include dynamic content.

E-mail

 

Laravel includes a mail class that helps in sending mail with rich content and attachments from the web application.

Authentication

 

User authentication is a common feature in web applications. Laravel eases designing authentication as it includes features such as register, forgot password, and send password reminders.

Redis

 

Laravel uses Redis to connect to an existing session and general-purpose cache. Redis interacts with session directly.

Queues

 

Laravel includes queue services like emailing a large number of users or a specified Cron job. These queues help in completing tasks in an easier manner without waiting for the previous task to be completed.

Event and Command Bus

 

Laravel 5.1 includes Command Bus which helps in executing commands and dispatch events in a simple way. The commands in Laravel act as per the application`s lifecycle.

 
 

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