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: #193766 in Books
  • Brand: O Reilly Media
  • Published on: 2016-12-03
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.17" h x .92" w x 7.01" 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.

Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 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

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Must have resource, keep it as a reference and it can save you lots of time.
By Robert Clark
Well written book, and great supplement to the online docs,very informative yet easy to understand. This book deserves top credit, highly recommend this one.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4A good addition to the Laravel library of a non expert
By Amazon Customer
Finds a good level of detail not too simple and not simply a repeat of the online doco. I have used Laravel for about 18 months and found this to be a good read and reference

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