I like the smell of Laravel

Written by James McDonald

October 27, 2019

So I’ve created number of websites and applications in CakePHP 2.x and 3.x

As my coding experience has grown I found invariably I have been struggling with a number of things and while I really appreciated:

  • Cake conventions providing consistent approach to structuring an application
  • Having the ability to quickly get started with automatically baked CRUD views
  • Really good documentation

Over time I’ve become more and more frustrated with what seems like a constant tangle of nested arrays, and having to extensively edit the baked views. And getting Bootstrap 3, 4 to work through the “Helpers” sometimes felt like one too many layers of abstraction and the ORM could defiantly hold out from giving the data I wanted

So today I checked out Laravel and watched the following training video

This is one of the best tutorial videos I’ve enjoyed. I really liked how the subject was something entirely familiar – an Instagram page and a step by step build of features in Laravel including a Vue component

I must say with a background in CakePHP Laravel seems to answer many of my frustrations and I like it’s “opinionated” pre-installation of Vue and Bootstrap 4.x

So looking forward to coming to know Laravel and a nicely integrated Vue (which is apparently more popular with developers than React)

Things that I really liked after this first look

  • Ability to easily switch database environments with .env files which CakePHP 3.x seemed to make difficult
  • php artisan after experiencing the AWS and Azure CLI’s it seems nicely familiar.
  • The already in place login/register framework created by a few simple commands
composer require laravel/ui
php artisan ui vue --auth
php artisan migrate

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