Laravel: Up and Running: A Framework for Building Modern PHP Apps

Laravel: Up and Running: A Framework for Building Modern PHP Apps
By Matt Stauffer

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What sets Laravel apart from other PHP web frameworks? Speed and simplicity, for starters. This rapid application development framework and its vast ecosystem of tools let you quickly build new sites and applications with clean, readable code. With this practical guide, Matt Stauffer--a leading teacher and developer in the Laravel community--provides the definitive introduction to one of today's most popular web frameworks.

The book's high-level overview and concrete examples will help experienced PHP web developers get started with Laravel right away. By the time you reach the last page, you should feel comfortable writing an entire application in Laravel from scratch.
Dive into several features of this framework, including:
  • Blade, Laravel's powerful, custom templating tool
  • Tools for gathering, validating, normalizing, and filtering user-provided data
  • Laravel's Eloquent ORM for working with the application's databases
  • The Illuminate request object, and its role in the application lifecycle
  • PHPUnit, Mockery, and PHPSpec for testing your PHP code
  • Laravel's tools for writing JSON and RESTful APIs
  • Interfaces for file system access, sessions, cookies, caches, and search
  • Tools for implementing queues, jobs, events, and WebSocket event publishing
  • Laravel's specialty packages: Scout, Passport, Cashier, Echo, Elixir, Valet, and Socialite

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #53478 in Books
  • Brand: O Reilly Media
  • Published on: 2016-12-03
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.10" h x .90" w x 6.90" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 454 pages


  • O Reilly Media

Editorial Reviews

"Not only is Matt one of the most knowledgable members of the Laravel community, he is also a fantastic teacher. I'm proud to recommend this book as a thorough, extensive guide to the Laravel framework." -Taylor Otwell, creator of Laravel

"As a self-diagnosed evangelist for Laravel, I'm thankful to finally have a book that I can point newcomers to. Even better, I can think of no one more qualified to introduce this wonderful framework to the masses than Matt." -Jeffrey Way, creator of Laracasts

About the Author

Matt Stauffer is a developer and a teacher. He is a partner and technical director at Tighten Co., blogs at, and hosts The Five-Minute Geek Show and the Laravel Podcast.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
5Absolutely Necessary Laravel Reference for Non-Uber-Geniuses (like me)
By N. Harris
As a long time half-assed PHP developer with no framework experience prior to Laravel, I decided to take the plunge. I started with Laracasts, spent about 2 months trying to wrap my head around everything then basically gave up for a couple months. Some people swear by learning via Laracasts alone, but I think they are waaayyyy smarter than me and have photographic memories. Then I received this book and it really helped me see the bigger picture and put all the pieces together.

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

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Intro to Laravel
By Keith McKnight
Laravel Up & Running is absolutely the book I’d recommend to anyone interested in learning Laravel. It takes you from the very beginning of installing Laravel all the way to the really cool features that are more optional to implement on any given project.

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.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Really, really solid work
By Amazon Customer
I consider myself fairly adept at laravel - I use it daily for some large and complex web application, have been using it for years. Like many developers, I'm self taught and learned a lot of what I know by doing. I kind of thought that this book was going to mostly cover stuff I already know, but being self taught it's easy to pick up blind spots without realizing it. To compensate for that I like to read some basic, foundational books about whatever framework or language I'm currently working in to make sure that my grounding is solid and maybe pick up a few tricks. I usually end up just skimming through stuff I already know and just picking up one or two new tricks or concepts, maybe shoring up my understanding of some of the core principles. With this book, in the first 50 pages I learned like 5 cool things that I didn't even know you could do in Laravel and can't wait to use. There's a *ton* of great stuff here. It's thorough, he clearly understands the framework inside and out. Well written, clearly organized, easy to follow - if you're interested in Laravel or even if it's your daily bread and butter, this is a book you should own and read.

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