Today, development in the technical field gives an introduction to the plethora of programming languages. Among them, PHP has been the most popular programming language for web development. All these years, we have heard different frameworks of PHP in 2017 like CodeIgniter, Yii, CakePHP, Prado, Zend, Symfony, Laravel, and much more.
Due to many options, you might be confused for choosing a right framework. But it is wise to choose the framework based on the requirement and functionality of the project.
According to my own experience, I’d prefer Laravel as a best PHP framework to build a robust application for any business. Laravel is a popular open source MVC (Model View Control) framework. Within a few years of its formation, Laravel successfully gains high priority over other frameworks.
For the newbie, it is important to know about new development in the technical field. Today, in this article, I’m introducing Laravel framework along with its reason of popularity in the market. Let’s start our ride.
What is Laravel Framework?
Taylor Otwell introduced Laravel as the powerful web development framework in 2011. Laravel stands out as a strong PHP framework due to its pre-built features like authorization and authentication, security, routing, sessions and caching. This framework includes clean and easily understandable codes with an elegant syntax.
Till now, Laravel team launched various upgraded versions of the framework. Let’s discuss them shortly.
- Version 1.0 (June 2011)
- Built-in Authentication
- Eloquent ORM
- Simple Routing
- HTML Helpers
- Caching, Sessions, and Extensibility with modules and libraries
- Version 2.0 (September 2011)
- Blade Templating Engine
- Inversion of control container
- MVC supportive
- Version 3.0 (February 2012), V3.1, V3.2
- Artisan CLI
- Database Migration
- Session Drivers and Database Drivers
- Integration for Bundles and Unit Test Integration
- Version 4.0 (May 2013), V4.1, V4.2
- Database Seeding
- Message Queues
- Built-in mailer
- Powerful Eloquent ORM featuring scopes, soft deletes and more.
- Version 5.0 (February 2015), V 5.1 LTS, V5.2, V5.3, V5.4, V 5.5 LTS (August 2017)
- Support Scheduling task with a package Scheduler
- Support Remote file system using Fly System
- Handle external authentication through Socialite package and improved routing
- Improved handling of package assets with Elixir
With the large and supportive community of PHP developers, Laravel is dominating web application platform. If you are highly interested in learning PHP Laravel Framework, you can get finely documented free tutorials over the internet.
What are the features of Laravel?
The main features of Laravel include:
- MVC Supportive
Laravel framework supports MVC (Model View Controller) Architecture. With this feature, a developer can easily create a high-performing web application. It’ll be easy to maintain logical and presentation part of the project in the more organized way. Due to this pattern, developers follow DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) principle as MVC offers reuse of code within a project.
- Blade Templating Engine
Introduction of built-in Blade templating engine makes Laravel more powerful framework. This makes coding fun with clean syntax. It caters binding data dynamically which was missing on other frameworks. Blade engine also contains its own control structures and directives that result in amazing layout with a high-performing web application.
- Artisan CLI
Laravel CLI (Command-Line Interface) tool, Artisan, added the features to create custom command by developers in the project. Artisan also adds the functionality of easy managing/migrating database, database seeding, packaging controller, scheduling tasks, creating skeleton code, executing unit testing and much more.
- Eloquent ORM (Object Relation Mapping) library
Eloquent ORM is an advanced implementation of PHP platform. This feature makes easy database interaction within the system using expressive PHP syntax rather than using complex SQL queries. This pre-built library creates a class of each table in the database and offers easy implementation of CRUD operation by mapping database to corresponding eloquent model. It also offers to develop a modular and highly responsive web application.
- Authentication, Session, and Routing
Laravel framework is highly secured platform as it is equipped with built-in authentication feature. With this feature, developers don’t have to waste their time on authenticating the project. Laravel implements salted and hashed password (include bcrypt hashing algorithm) for storing user password. Later on, the user is authenticated using this approach.
Another important feature of Laravel includes a driver based system for the session. This feature allows the application to track the user data which helps to identify the user on his next visit.
Routing feature of Laravel allows the application to make simple HTTP request. For the web application including numbers of routing, this framework also supports Route caching. This feature improves the performance of the application by storing route in local storage.
Regarding the view of developers, Laravel framework is a new yet one of the best programming platforms to work. However, for non-geeks, it would be troublesome to get started with it. So, it would be wise to share your work with the reliable partners who can easily understand the core ideas of your project and implement it easily including current trends in the web application development market.