Never Ending Journey of Web development

Why You Should Hire Laravel Developers For Your Next Project?

You landed up here reading the post, because someone wrote a smart program, which made your browser travel up to here. Since the first High level language got written in around 1942-1945, we have been constantly sharpening and modifying it, to become much easy to learn and implement for real world Applications. So one thing is sure, Life is too short for a Bad Program or a Professional Career is too short for a bad programmer, indeed..!

“Options, options & Options”

So, when it comes to web development, we got so many choices for programming languages and frameworks. Most preferred & used web technology now a days is PHP . We also got a hand with full of frameworks which are built using PHP to make the development life cycle easier.

CodeIgniter, Symfony, Zend, Phalcon, CakePHP, Yii, And Laravel. These are the Available PHP frameworks in market. Among these Laravel is the most popular framework used in recent years.

So why Laravel is the most preferred to work with in developer community? Why so many developers suggest their clients to use Laravel? Why it is the best among others?

Let’s take a look.

Laravel addresses development life cycle issues seriously

If you ask a developer, what makes web development annoying? You will hear words like, No boilerplate code available, No end to end testing tools, No good debugging methods, Recurring code issues, and a doubtful future ready implementation. Unless you are building your code on a solid smart framework, some or other day even your wonderfully written code will behave like a stupid program. Not ready to get upgraded easily over a time, when new technologies are invented and comes in usage.

Concepts like artisan commands, Eloquent ORM, Scheduling, Notifications, Broadcasting, Authentication, API development, written within Laravel are some of the key things which are making day to day development cycle a lot easier and fun to work with.

Quick Start Kit

Laravel documentation is giving a practical approach. Within a few minutes, your website can be up & running with readily served Authentication features & smart routing. That’s exactly what everyone expects from a smart Framework. It doesn’t take your hours of time for reading and writing, just to take a glimpse of how it works. It’s like walking to an Ice-cream parlour and tasting one flavour with a spoon.

Vibrant Developer community Support

Frameworks are here to stay for decades, without a community support it can’t evolve. Laravel has got a very vibrant community of developers who are constantly working hard to make it smarter and faster. While choosing a Framework for the web product that is going to be live for a long time, thing is another important aspect we should care about. Nobody wants to suffer business loss with a frozen framework scope in the roadmap of history.

Least Maintenance cost

If a web product is built with the cost of $1000 and giving $500 a year cost for its maintenance. For sure it’s not a good work done. Maintenance cost increases due to poor framework performance and less flexibility. A Framework that is much flexible gives less maintenance work in post development life span. Investing in initial excellent development work with higher cost is smarter move then keep chasing & fixing future issues and suffering the business losses.

Future Ready

Time is gone, when people sat on chair and looking at big screens of computer to access the websites with a great patience. New generation is mobile and fast, they want to access data wherever they are. They want everything to be served at their fingertips with a blink of their eyes. If you are developing a website, next step that becomes a must is its accessibility on mobile device. Laravel provides API development tools on the same platform. So anyone can turn up their website into data serving API, with minimum efforts. Laravel App development has been an integrated part of the framework.

Official Packages Support

Cashier, Dusk, Envoy, Horizon, Passport, Scout, Socialite, Telescope are some of the plugin packages of laravel, which makes it a lot easier to implement the features like accepting payments, social Authentication, API access, Website performance, Testing Automation. It’s like walking a supermarket for a day to day needed things.

Key Concepts of Laravel framework

#Routes & Middleware

Writing a new Route for website is quick and simple. Methods Supported are GET, POST, PUT, DELETE. This can be combined with the middleware class for authentication.


Route::get('foo', function () {return 'Hello World';});

Route::get('user/profile', function () {

  //

})->middleware('auth');


#CSRF Protection

Protecting a code against malicious attacks is possible by simply including @csrf keyword within the form. The token is generated automatically for a session user and included in form.


<form method="POST" action="/profile">

   @csrf

   ...

</form>


#Temporary Signed URL

Temporary signed URL are website links which are valid for a period of time. This makes sure link is expired after certain time. This can even have added signature too.


use Illuminate\Support\Facades\URL;

return URL::temporarySignedRoute(

   'unsubscribe', now()->addMinutes(30), ['user' => 1]

);


#Data Validation

Data Validation techniques are simple & user friendly. Which can be understood by self explaining words. Errors can be retrieved easily from the result variable too.


public function store(Request $request)

{

   $validatedData = $request->validate([

       'title' => 'required|unique:posts|max:255',

       'body' => 'required',

   ]);

  // The blog post is valid...

}


#Blade Templates

Blade is the simple, yet powerful templating engine provided with Laravel. Unlike other popular PHP templating engines, Blade does not restrict you from using plain PHP code in your views. In fact, all Blade views are compiled into plain PHP code and cached until they are modified, meaning Blade adds essentially zero overhead to your application.


<!-- Stored in resources/views/layouts/app.blade.php -->

<html>

   <head>

       <title>App Name - @yield('title')</title>

   </head>

   <body>

       @section('sidebar')

           This is the master sidebar.

       @show

       <div class="container">

           @yield('content')

       </div>

   </body>

</html>


#Asset Compilation

Laravel Mix provides a fluent API for defining Webpack build steps for your Laravel application using several common CSS and JavaScript preprocessors. Through simple method chaining, you can fluently define your asset pipeline.


mix.js('resources/js/app.js', 'public/js')

  .sass('resources/sass/app.scss', 'public/css');


#Authentication

Creating a quick authentication code is simple, using just one command.


php artisan make:auth


This will scaffold the routes & views for needed authentication. This can further be customized as per need.

Retrieving an authenticated user is much is with an Auth facade


$user = Auth::user();


#Artisan Console

Below command gives a full list of commands which are available in console of the Project directory. Commands are useful for creating Controllers, views , creating Database schemas migrating database, Querying database. We can even create custom commands too.


php artisan list


#Broadcasting

Many modern web applications, WebSockets are used to implement real time, live-updating user interfaces. When some data is updated on the server, a message is typically sent over a WebSocket connection to be handled by the client. This provides a more robust, efficient alternative to continually polling your application for changes.

#Events

Laravel's events provide a simple observer implementation, allowing you to subscribe and listen for various events that occur in your application. Events serve as a great way to decouple various aspects of your application, since a single event can have multiple listeners that do not depend on each other.

#Mail

Laravel provides a clean, simple API over the popular SwiftMailer library with drivers for SMTP, Mailgun, Postmark, SparkPost, Amazon SES, and sendmail, allowing you to quickly get started sending mail through a local or cloud based service of your choice.

#Notifications

Laravel provides support for sending notifications across a variety of delivery channels, including mail, SMS (via Nexmo), and Slack. Notifications may also be stored in a database so they may be displayed in your web interface. Notifications can be created by issuing a one line command


php artisan make:notification InvoicePaid


#Queues

Laravel queues provide a unified API across a variety of different queue backends, such as Beanstalk, Amazon SQS, Redis, or even a relational database. Queues allow you to defer the processing of a time consuming task, such as sending an email, until a later time. Deferring these time consuming tasks drastically speeds up web requests to your application.

#Task Scheduling

In the past, you may have generated a Cron entry for each task you needed to schedule on your server. However, this can quickly become a pain, because your task schedule is no longer in source control and you must SSH into your server to add additional Cron entries.Laravel's command scheduler allows you to fluently and expressively define your command schedule within Laravel itself. When using the scheduler, only a single Cron entry is needed on your server.

When using scheduler, below is the only entry you have to make on your server


* * * * * cd /path-to-your-project && php artisan schedule:run >> /dev/null 2>&1


We can schedule variety of tasks like Artisan Commands, Queue Jobs,or a simple Shell commands too. With the frequency option it’s much easy to schedule custom timings.


->everyMinute(); ->everyFiveMinutes(); ->everyThirtyMinutes(); ->hourly(); ->daily(); ->dailyAt('13:00'); ->weekly(); ->monthly(); ->yearly(); ->timezone('America/New_York');

#Database

Laravel supports 4 Types of Databases, which are popular in modern applications. This Databases can be used one at a time, or even can have multiple connections too.

  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • SQLite
  • SQL Server

#Database: Query Builder

Laravel's database query builder provides a convenient, fluent interface to creating and running database queries. It can be used to perform most database operations in your application and works on all supported database systems. The Laravel query builder uses PDO parameter binding to protect your application against SQL injection attacks. There is no need to clean strings being passed as bindings.


$users = DB::table('users')->get();

$user = DB::table('users')->where('name', 'John')->first();

$titles = DB::table('roles')->pluck('title');

$users = DB::table('users')->select('name', 'email as user_email')->get();

$users = DB::table('users')->orderBy('name', 'desc')->get();

DB::table('users')->where('id', 1)->update(['options->enabled' => true]);


#Pagination

In other frameworks, pagination can be very painful. Laravel's pagination is integrated with the query builder and Eloquent ORM and provides convenient, easy-to-use pagination of database results out of the box. The HTML generated by the pagination is compatible with the Bootstrap CSS framework.


$users = DB::table('users')->paginate(15);

<div class="container">

   @foreach ($users as $user)

       {{ $user->name }}

   @endforeach

</div>

{{ $users->links() }}


#Migrations

Migrations are like version control for your database, allowing your team to easily modify and share the application's database schema. Migrations are typically paired with Laravel's schema builder to easily build your application's database schema. If you have ever had to tell a teammate to manually add a column to their local database schema, you've faced the problem that database migrations solve. The Laravel Schema facade provides database agnostic support for creating and manipulating tables across all of Laravel's supported database systems.

Below are few Database Migration commands.


php artisan make:migration create_users_table

php artisan migrate

php artisan migrate:rollback

Schema::create('flights', function (Blueprint $table) {

           $table->increments('id');

           $table->string('name');

           $table->string('airline');

           $table->timestamps();

       });


#Eloquent ORM

The Eloquent ORM included with Laravel provides a beautiful, simple Active Record implementation for working with your database. Each database table has a corresponding "Model" which is used to interact with that table. Models allow you to query for data in your tables, as well as insert new records into the table.


php artisan make:model Flight

$flights = App\Flight::all();

$flight = App\Flight::where('number', 'FR 900')->first();

// Retrieve a model by its primary key...

$flight = App\Flight::find(1);

// Retrieve the first model matching the query constraints...

$flight = App\Flight::where('active', 1)->first();

$flights = App\Flight::find([1, 2, 3]);

$count = App\Flight::where('active', 1)->count();

$max = App\Flight::where('active', 1)->max('price');

$flight = App\Flight::create(['name' => 'Flight 10']);

$flight = App\Flight::find(1);

$flight->name = 'New Flight Name';

$flight->save();

$flight->delete();


Summary

Since its inception in 2011, over the years Laravel framework has proved itself by constantly adding the features that makes a developers work a lot easier. It keeps the application most flexible for any future technology change adaption. And that’s why has been a number one choice for leading businesses over the years.

Note: All Code referenced in the article is used from https://laravel.com/

Hiren Kanani Chief Technical Officer

A resident wizard for iPhone, iPad, Objective-C, Swift, Unity 3D, AR, VR, AR Kit Development and Xcode App Development. Nothing gets him more obsessed than a tricky coding problem or the challenge of finding a more efficient way to deploy a technology solution.