Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We believe development must be an enjoyable, creative experience to be truly fulfilling. Laravel attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.
Laravel aims to make the development process a pleasing one for the developer without sacrificing application functionality. Happy developers make the best code. To this end, we’ve attempted to combine the very best of what we have seen in other web frameworks, including frameworks implemented in other languages, such as Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET MVC, and Sinatra.
Laravel is accessible, yet powerful, providing powerful tools needed for large, robust applications. A superb inversion of control container, expressive migration system, and tightly integrated unit testing support give you the tools you need to build any application with which you are tasked.
I was gonna try and put it in words myself, but the original Laravel documentation sums up this lovely frameworks philosophy really good. I didn’t know of Laravel up until recently, I stumbled upon it just a few weeks ago, and it instantly caught my attention. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to sleek looking things, Laravel in my eyes is no doubt a kick-ass looking framework.
All that aside, knowing where to go to find the latest scoop and tutorials for such a framework is always nice. I thought I would put together a list of couple of resources that I myself and many other people online use to learn more about Laravel PHP Framework.
It’s an open group with over 2,000 people with an average of 150 new discussions every month, so there is plenty of room for growth and learning.
If Google Plus feels more like home, there is also a community available for those who prefer Google+. There are currently a little bit over 2,000 members right now and you can expect helpful and intellectual discussions regarding your queries. There are plenty of people sharing new Laravel resources as well.
If you’re on Facebook, pop by the Laravel Community page and click that like button. You never know when something hot and juicy might appear.
There are several major accounts I would suggest following, just because each can offer a different point of view on Laravel.
That should also be about it for the major social networks out there, please feel free to add more places in the comment section. Thank you!
What better place to learn from than the official documentation, and as Laravel puts it: It’s the place to go for your one-stop learning resource.
The docs site is very appealing and comforting.
Laravel does sport a forum community, which is great as it’s very populated and there are plenty of people in the community who will be more than happy to help you. You can find some great packages and resources built by people who love coding and creating with Laravel.
This site is connected with the Twitter account I listed above. Laravel.IO is all about simplicity and helping users learn Laravel quickly and efficiently. There are weekly round-ups as well as occasional podcasts discussing the newest things happening in Laravel community.
If you need in-depth and step-by-step guides on creating awesome stuff with Laravel, look no further than Nettuts+. There aren’t amazingly many tutorials available, but a few that will help you get started with Laravel.
Want to know what kind of websites can be built using Laravel? Look no further than Built With Laravel, it’s the go-to resource for looking at beautiful websites that have been created using this lovely framework. You can submit your own site, or you can simply immerse yourself in the beauty that Laravel is. :)
@msurguy – Maks Surguy – CEO
How could I forget? StackOverflow has got an archive of thousands of questions regarding Laravel, and you are sure to find the answers you are looking for. Just be smart and do a search first, before trying to ask the same question twice.
Learning Laravel from Books
If none of the above please your appetite, you can always master the framework from a book. There are quite a few out there, but I am going to list the ones from Leanpub, as it has the biggest amount of books regarding Laravel, and also great community support from the original founders.