An Introduction to Laravel

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If you are in the field of web development then the concept of PHP frameworks won’t be new for you, but one of the newest on this list is Laravel. Since its launch of version 3, Laravel popularity has become tremendous among developers and has become one of the most widely used PHP frameworks. In this blog, we will give a brief introduction about laravel, its features with its pros & cons.

Introduction to Laravel

Laravel is a powerful framework used for developing web applications in PHP. Laravel is based on MVC (Model-View-Controller)  architectural pattern. It gives developers ways to modularize their codes and make them more robust, better-structured, easier to read and understand. Laravel was created by Taylor Otwell and is a open source software under MIT License.
The first version of Laravel was released on June 2011, and since then is has come a long way as the most powerful PHP framework. The current version of Laravel is 5.4.

Laravel is built with rich set of features which enhances the speed of Web Development. If you have knowledge in Core PHP and Advanced PHP, Laravel will definitely ease your work. The website that are built with Laravel are also considered more secure. It reduces the chances of attacks on websites.

Laravel – Features

Now lets take a look on features of laravel which makes it different from other frameworks.

  1. Bundles : These are the small packages which include certain functionalities that you can easily use by simply downloading it. Thus, saving a lot of time and coding. Also, these packages can also be updated easily.
  2. Database Access : Laravel consist of set of tools that helps in interacting with databases. This make the designing and modifying of database possible in platform independent way. Laravel supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, and SQLite without having any compatibility issues and migraton can be made in any of these type.Laravel has an ORM (Object-Relatinal Mapper) called Eloquent. The modern way of interacting with database is in an object-oriented way. By using Eloquent, we can perform create, retrieve, update, and delete tasks without actually writing a single line of SQL. Moreover, Eloquent gives powerful relationship management and it can even handle pagination automatically for you.
  3. Command Line Tool : Laravel also have a command-line interface tool called Artisan. By using Artisan, a developer can execute actions like running database migrations, executing unit tests, and schedule a job in their web application. Another feature of Artisan is that, it is expandable which means you can also add new commands to perform any functionality.
  4. Routing : Laravel also provide feature to organise website URLs through routers. If you need to change some links of your website or API, you only need to change it at one file and it will be updated site-wide.
  5. Job Scheduling : Introduced in version 5.0, this feature is an extension to the Artisan that enables programmatic scheduling jobs that are executed periodically.
  6. Composer : Composer is a tool for handling dependency management in PHP. You can add the libraries that your project needs and it will install and update them.
  7. File System : Introduced in version 5.0, a file system features allows local file systems and cloud-based storage services like Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud to be used independenly.

Pros and Cons of using Laravel

Pros:

  1. In Laravel we have Composer which helps for installing third party tools.This makes quite easy way to get all updated files in package with only by running just a single command.                                                                                                    composer update
  2. Eloquent ORM is another advantage of using Laravel. It is powerful ORM that makes performing database operations quite easy.
  3. Blade template engine is a fast and extendable feature. Leaves good experience if you want to work on logic parts of html files.
  4. Artisan – Making command line apps in a moment possible.
  5. Routing – Another key advantage is Routing : the most smooth and easiest way of handling routing.

Cons:

  1. Laravel is comparatively new framework. So, finding solutions to some problems is quite difficult and time consuming as compared to Cake PHP or CodeIgniter.
  2. You need to fully understand its features like Blade templating , Gulp, NPM, Bower, Composer and Eloquent. This makes difficult to learn it.