Code Along with Me – Laravel

Embarking on the journey of writing a book on Laravel presents an exciting opportunity to dive into one of the most popular PHP frameworks in the web development world. Laravel, known for its elegant syntax and robust features, has revolutionized the way developers approach building web applications. This book is designed to guide readers from the fundamental aspects of Laravel to its more advanced concepts, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the framework. Starting with the basics, it will cover the initial setup, Laravel’s MVC architecture, routing, middleware, and essential built-in functionalities that make Laravel a top choice for developers. This foundational knowledge will set the stage for more complex topics, allowing readers to grasp the simplicity behind Laravel’s powerful tools.

As the book progresses, it will dive into the advanced realms of Laravel, exploring sophisticated features such as Eloquent ORM for database interactions, Blade templating engine for dynamic content rendering, and Laravel’s extensive libraries for tasks like authentication, caching, and sessions. The goal is to equip readers not only with the technical know-how but also with best practices and design patterns specific to Laravel development. By the end of this book, readers will have a well-rounded, deep understanding of how to craft elegant, efficient web applications using Laravel, making them adept at navigating both current and future web development challenges with this framework.

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Mastering Laravel: The Ultimate Guide to Building Robust PHP Applications

Welcome to the Laravel Tutorial Series, where we embark on an enlightening journey through the intricacies and elegance of one of the most prominent PHP frameworks in modern web development. This series is meticulously crafted to guide you, step by step, from the very basics of Laravel’s expressive syntax to the mastery of its advanced features. Whether you are a beginner eager to dive into web development or an experienced developer looking to enhance your skills with Laravel’s sophisticated tools, these tutorials promise a comprehensive and practical learning experience. Through a blend of detailed explanations, real-world examples, and best practices, this series aims to transform you into a proficient Laravel developer, adept at crafting efficient and scalable web applications.

This tutorial series is being actively worked on and will be updated throughout 2024.

1. Series Intro

Kickstart your web development with our Laravel Series Intro: Master the essentials of this elegant PHP framework for robust, modern web apps..


2. Installation

Efficient Laravel Installation with Docker: Streamline Your Development Environment for Professional Web Projects.


3. Directory Structure Basics

Where do you put your files? How does Laravel know? These are a few questions that I normally get from individuals just starting out with Laravel.


4. Basic Routing & Views

How do you get to a specific view in Laravel without going through a Controller? It can be done through the route itself and we’ll explore that in this article.


5. Route Parameters

Frequently we need to pass arguments to our route file via URL parameters. You might know how to do it with PHP but it’s even easier with Laravel.


6. Arguments to Views

We know how to grab URL parameters and return them from our route, but how do we pass arguments to the view?


7. View Subdirectories

We know how to grab URL parameters and return them from our route, but how do we pass arguments to the view?


Why Learn Laravel in 2024?

In 2024, learning Laravel remains a highly relevant and strategic choice for web developers, given its continued prominence in the PHP framework landscape. Laravel’s elegant syntax, robust feature set, and strong community support make it an ideal tool for building modern web applications. Its emphasis on clean, maintainable code aligns with the latest trends in software development, ensuring your skills remain cutting-edge. Laravel simplifies many common tasks in web development such as routing, sessions, caching, and authentication, allowing developers to focus on creating feature-rich applications efficiently. Its powerful ORM, Eloquent, streamlines database interactions, while Blade, its templating engine, provides an expressive syntax for crafting dynamic views. Additionally, Laravel’s built-in support for testing and its compatibility with various software development practices, like model-view-controller (MVC) architecture, make it a comprehensive solution for professional-grade web development.

Moreover, in 2024, the Laravel ecosystem continues to thrive, bolstered by an array of advanced packages and tools like Laravel Nova, Echo, and Horizon, which further extend its capabilities. The framework’s scalability makes it suitable for both small-scale projects and large, complex applications, offering a wide range of career opportunities for developers. Laravel’s extensive documentation and active community provide a supportive environment for both learning and problem-solving. The framework’s focus on clean, scalable code and its adoption of the latest web technologies ensure that your Laravel skills will be in high demand. Whether you’re building sophisticated e-commerce platforms, RESTful APIs, or large-scale enterprise applications, Laravel equips you with the tools and practices to deliver high-quality, secure, and efficient web solutions, making it an invaluable skill set for any ambitious web developer in 2024.

Need a PHP Refresher?

Don’t understand PHP just yet? Dive deeper into the language that powers Laravel and explore a wider range of PHP functionalities and best practices.


Laravel Blade

Laravel Blade is an incredibly powerful yet easy-to-use templating engine provided with Laravel, one of the leading PHP frameworks for web application development. At its core, Blade offers a more intuitive and elegant syntax for combining PHP code with HTML, making it an ideal choice for developers looking to create dynamic web pages efficiently. Unlike some PHP templating engines that restrict the use of plain PHP code, Blade allows you to use all PHP functions directly in the templates, offering flexibility without compromising performance. Its lightweight nature ensures that it doesn’t add overhead to your application, making Blade both efficient and effective for large-scale projects.

Blade’s true power lies in its extensibility and the range of templating features it provides. It includes easy-to-understand directives for common tasks like data formatting and loops, as well as template inheritance, which allows developers to define a master layout to maintain consistency across different views. With Blade, you can also create reusable components, which significantly streamlines the development process when dealing with repetitive HTML structures. The integration of Blade with Laravel’s other features, like Eloquent ORM and built-in authentication, makes it an indispensable tool for any Laravel developer, simplifying the task of creating responsive, data-driven web applications.

8. Blade Introduction

Blade is a templating engine that allows you to write some front-end friendly code. The last thing we want to see is PHP wrapped up inside of the views.


9. Displaying Data In Blade

What we really wanted to achieve was introduce what Blade is, understand that there are Blade Directives. These directives make our lives easier and not PHP.


10. IF and SWITCH Directives

Displaying data is one thing, but Blade has directives such as PHP’s if & switch statements. Blade directives are just shortcuts for implementing PHP code.


11. Blade Loops

Loops can look quite messy with PHP when they’re embedded inside of HTML. Blade makes them look nice, almost like they belong there.


12. Foreach Loop Variable

An additional benefit to using the Blade syntax for your foreach loop is that you get access to the loop variable, which gives you access to various information.


13. Including Subviews

Splitting apart the code is something that makes it easier to edit. How do you combine the files later? By including subviews into your Blade files.


14. Raw PHP in Blade Files

Raw PHP in Blade Files: it’s not something that I advocate, but sometimes you just need to write some raw PHP in your Blade files.


15. Template Inheritance

Creating Blade Layouts using Template Inheritance was widely used before components were brought in. They’re still used in conjunction with components.


16. Anonymous Components

Anonymous components are Blade components that don’t have an associated class. Anonymous components are purely defined by their Blade views.


Laravel AI

An intriguing intersection of Laravel and AI is Laravel’s capacity to seamlessly integrate with various AI and machine learning services and libraries, thanks to its flexible and modular architecture. One notable example is its ability to work with TensorFlow, a popular open-source machine learning framework. Developers can use Laravel packages or direct API calls to incorporate TensorFlow models into their Laravel applications, enabling advanced features like image recognition, natural language processing, or predictive analytics directly within web applications. This integration exemplifies how Laravel’s modern PHP framework can be extended to leverage the power of AI, bridging the gap between complex machine learning algorithms and web development to create intelligent, data-driven applications.

What is Laravel Used For?

Laravel, renowned for its expressive syntax and robust features, is a versatile PHP framework widely used in web development. Its primary use is in creating sophisticated and scalable web applications, owing to its adherence to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architectural pattern, which ensures clean and maintainable code. Laravel excels in building RESTful APIs, providing an efficient and streamlined process for backend development that seamlessly integrates with various frontend technologies. It’s also a popular choice for developing e-commerce platforms, thanks to its secure and efficient database management with Eloquent ORM, and easy routing mechanisms.

Beyond these, Laravel’s flexibility and extensive package ecosystem make it suitable for developing custom content management systems (CMS) tailored to specific needs. Its efficient handling of large datasets and compatibility with cloud storage services like Amazon S3 also make it ideal for data aggregation systems, cloud storage, and file hosting services. Moreover, Laravel simplifies task scheduling, authentication, and authorization, while its Blade templating engine allows for the creation of dynamic web page layouts. The framework’s built-in testing and debugging tools further ensure the reliability and quality of the applications developed. Laravel’s comprehensive set of tools and features, combined with its elegant syntax, make it a powerful and efficient framework for a wide array of web development projects.

Common Uses of Laravel


Web Application Development

Laravel is ideal for building both small and large-scale web applications. Its structured coding approach, adherence to the MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern, and built-in features significantly reduce development time and enhance application performance.



Laravel simplifies the process of creating RESTful APIs, making it a go-to choice for backend development in web services and applications. Its ability to handle complex API architectures ensures seamless integration with frontend technologies.


E-Commerce Platforms

The framework’s security features, efficient ORM, and simple routing make it suitable for developing e-commerce sites. Laravel’s packages offer additional functionality specific to e-commerce needs.


Content Management Systems (CMS)

Developers can use Laravel to build custom CMS for clients, thanks to its flexibility and the vast array of packages available, which can extend its functionality.


Authentication and Authorization Systems

Laravel offers robust authentication and authorization systems out of the box, making it easier to implement secure user authentication and permission-based access controls.

Laravel, created by Taylor Otwell in June 2011, emerged as a response to the limitations of the CodeIgniter framework, introducing features like built-in user authentication and a more elegant syntax. Its adoption of modern PHP practices, such as dependency injection and namespaces, quickly set it apart within the PHP community. Laravel’s development was characterized by innovations like Homestead, a simplified development environment, and a growing ecosystem of tools and services, including Forge and Envoyer. This blend of technical advancement and community support has made Laravel one of the most popular and influential PHP frameworks, celebrated for its ease of use, comprehensive documentation, and robust capabilities.

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14. Use Raw PHP Code in Blade Files

Raw PHP in Blade Files: it’s not something that I advocate, but sometimes you just need to write some raw PHP in your Blade files.


15. Blade Layouts Using Template Inheritance

When you’re building larger applications, it makes sense to create layouts. It’s mainly used for code reusability and maintainability.

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16. Components Within Components

Continuing the pursuit for code reusability, we’ll look at splitting components into even smaller components and then including those within one another.

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Thanks For Reading

Thank you for taking the time to explore and engage with our Laravel series. Your dedication to learning and expanding your knowledge in this powerful PHP framework is commendable. I hope this series has provided you with valuable insights, practical skills, and a deeper understanding of Laravel’s capabilities. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced developer, your journey through these tutorials is a significant step toward mastering web development with Laravel. Keep experimenting, keep building, and remember, the world of Laravel is vast and constantly evolving. Thank you for joining us on this educational adventure, and I look forward to seeing the incredible applications you’ll create with your newfound Laravel expertise.

Want to Purchase the Book?

Interested in diving deeper into Laravel? Keep an eye out for my upcoming book, set to be released later this year! This comprehensive guide will encapsulate all the insights and knowledge from our series, providing an in-depth exploration of Laravel’s full potential. Whether you’re looking to reinforce your learning or seeking a valuable resource for reference, this book will be an essential addition to your collection. Stay tuned for its release and get ready to elevate your Laravel skills to new heights.