Laravel: Up and Running: A Framework for Building Modern PHP Apps 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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My recommendation for learning Laravel for non-uber-genius-developers:
1. Watch some of the introductory Laracasts
2. Read this book cover-to-cover and take lots of notes
3. Re-watch the Laracasts then move on to working examples
4. Create your own app
Generally speaking, O`Reily books have been wonderful books - in my opinion; however, I'm sadly disappointed in this book. I wish that I had not purchased it.
On each page we gain an increased understanding of the challenges faced by programmers that Laravel addresses as well as best practices for using the framework. With Matt as our expert guide we learn of the clean syntax and default protections we’re given by Blade. Eloquent’s role in helping us interact with databases is clearly explained. Dealing with the container and the concept of dependency injection is made clear.
I appreciate that at the end of each chapter Matt includes a section entitled “Testing.” He’s giving the reader some insight into how a professional assures that the code he implemented continues to produce expected results even after making many changes in the future. The exposure to these concepts early in the book, introduced in conjunction with material appropriate for the tests helps to ease one into the testing mindset.
In short, Laravel is a super powerful framework that has best practices built into it by default. To get the benefits of Laravel there’s going to be a learning curve. The author provides us with a resource to make the process as painless as possible. It’s not an intro to programming book. It’s an introduction to Laravel book. If you want to take the step from hacked together PHP code to a more professional approach, this is the book for you.