What Is Laravel?

Laravel is an open-source PHP web framework, which is widely used and very easy to follow. Laravel follows a Model-Vew-Controller (MVC) design pattern. Laravel makes use of the existing components of different web frameworks which help in developing a full-fledged Web Application. The Web Applications that are designed using Laravel are more structured and pragmatic.

The Laravel web framework gives developers a rich set of functionalities that implement the basic features of PHP frameworks like CodeIgniter, Yii and other programming languages like Python. Laravel has a very very useful set of features that will help boost the speed of Web Development.

If you are familiar with basic PHP and Advanced PHP, Laravel will make your web development tasks easier. It saves a lot of time if you are thinking of developing a website from scratch. Also, a website built using Laravel is very secure and stops a lot of web attacks out of the box.

Features of Laravel

Laravel comes with a lot of features, below are some of the key features which maks it the perfect choice for building web aplicatons:

1. Modularity: Laravel comes with about 20 built in libraries and modules which brings about a better functionality and enhancement in your application. Every module in laravel is integrated with Composer dependency manager which makes pushing the module updates easier.

2. Testability: Laravel comes with lots of features and helpers that  helps developers in testing through various test cases. This testing features helps in maintaining the code to be the same with the requirements.

3. Routing: Laravel provides an easily implementable approach to the developer to define url routes in the web application. Routing helps to scale the web application in a better way and increases its speed and performance.

4. Configuration Management: A web application designed with Laravel would be able to run on different environments and platforms, what this means is that there will always be a constant change in its configuration. Laravel provides a consistent approach to handle the configuration in a more better way.

5. Query Builder and ORM: Laravel includes a query builder that helps in querying the  databases using various simple chain methods. It provides ORM (Object Relational Mapper) and ActiveRecord implementation which is called Eloquent.

6. Schema Builder: Schema Builder manages the database definitions and schema in PHP code. It also manages a list of tracked changes with respect to database migrations.

7. Template Engine: Laravel makes use of the Blade Template engine, which is a lightweight template language that is used to design hierarchical blocks and app layouts with predefined blocks that has dynamic content in it.

8. E-mail: Laravel comes with a mail class which makes sending mail with rich content and attachments from the web application easier.

9. Authentication: User authentication is a commonly seen feature in Web Applications. Laravel makes the process of implementing authentication systems in your Web Applications easier as it comes with features like register and forgot password.

10. Redis: Laravel uses Redis cache database to integrate an already existing session and multi-purpose cache. Redis interacts with session directly.

Benefits And Advantages Of Laravel

Laravel has a lot of benefits that you get from developing a web app with it and some of them are:

1. Web application built using Laravel are more scalable.

2. A considerable amount of time is saved in developing the web application, since Laravel reuses the components from other framework when developing web application.

3. Laravel includes namespaces and interfaces, Which helps to organize and manage resources.


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