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What is Laravel?

Published on February 3, 2021
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By Erika Heidi
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What is Laravel?

Laravel is a free and open-source PHP framework that provides a set of tools and resources to build modern PHP applications. With a complete ecosystem leveraging its built-in features, and a variety of compatible packages and extensions, Laravel has seen its popularity grow rapidly in the past few years, with many developers adopting it as their framework of choice for a streamlined development process.

Laravel provides powerful database tools including an ORM (Object Relational Mapper) called Eloquent, and built-in mechanisms for creating database migrations and seeders. With the command-line tool Artisan, developers can bootstrap new models, controllers, and other application components, which speeds up the overall application development.

For a project-based introduction to Laravel, you can refer to our series on How to Build a Links Landing Page in PHP with Laravel and Docker Compose, which goes over how to bootstrap a new Laravel application in a containerized development environment, how to interact with the database, and how to customize the page template view to show a list of curated links.

For other Laravel tutorials, please refer to our comprehensive list of educational materials on that framework.

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