Laravel: Up and Running
A Framework for Building Modern PHP Apps
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2016
Pages: 454

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
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  • Helpful examples (12)
  • Well-written (11)
  • Concise (9)

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1.0

Not a good book for beginner

By Joe Beth

from Toronto

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  • Difficult to understand
  • Not comprehensive enough

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Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

What I'm feeling right now after reading this book is a sheer amount of disappointment. This book doesn't support the latest version of Laravel. I completely enjoyed the other Laravel books, and they didn't take me more than 6 days to finish them. But I can't read this book more than 1 day.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent book for PHP developers wanting to learn Laravel

By cferthorney

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    Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

    This is a great book designed to help PHP Developers with some knowledge of OO Techniques and some knowledge of frameworks etc to learn Laravel.

    Matt Stauffer, a well respected and active Laravel community member, takes you from the very beginning of Laravel, leads you through Laravel's 5.3 release (The newest release at the time of writing and publishing). He has managed to do this in such a way that this book will still be useful for many releases of Laravel to come, as he shows you how to understand the framework as well as use it.

    This book has become an essential stored ebook on my iPad and is likely to remain there for a long time to come. If you are a developer with some experience of programming in PHP wanting to learn Laravel and understand terms such as object orientation, or have used other "modern" frameworks such as Symfony before, this is an ideal way to start.

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By p.z

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      as Handbook

       
      5.0

      Awesome Laravel must-have book

      By Joey

      from Vancouver, BC

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        Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

        Well written and excellent content

         
        5.0

        If you're a developer with Laravel or plan to, buy this book

        By Jeremy Vaught

        from OH, USA

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          Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

          If you are developing or plan on developing with Laravel, this book will speed up your learning curve by orders of magnitude. Even if you think you know Laravel inside and out, you will learn something new. I did and I've been using Laravel for a few years now.

          Google Matt to also check out his blog. It's the Laravel gift that keeps on giving.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Reference and Overview - Highly recommend

          By Ronan

          from Singapore

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          Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

          At last a more detailed overview of all the great features of a great Framework. Provides a great reference that I just keep going back to. Easy read, and I think a must for all users of Laravel. Highly recommend. Thanks Matt!

           
          5.0

          Awesome Laravel 5 book for beginner or intermediate user!

          By ejdelmonico

          from Las Vegas, NV

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            Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

            Matt's attention to detail and obvious experience with the framework is highly noticeable in his presentation of every part of the framework. Personally, I read the book with intention of improving my knowledge of the inter workings of Laravel 5. Matt exceeded my expectations and his attention to detail makes it an excellent read.

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            5.0

            Great Intro to Laravel

            By Daniel

            from Baltimore

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              Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

              From one of the most knowledgeable people in the community.

              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not a good introductory book

              By Mark James

              from San Jose, CA

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              • Difficult to understand
              • Not comprehensive enough
              • Too many errors

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              Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

              I really wanted to like this book as it's one of the very few books for Laravel. However, the writing style is not good. I found some typos that made me re-read twice. No project files! Would not recommend this book for anyone looking for good tutorials.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Stauffer Delivers

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                Comments about oreilly Laravel: Up and Running:

                My perspective is that of a newcomer to PHP, Laravel and actually, web development in general. I've read a number of books on each of these subjects and can say, without hesitation, that if you're new to Laravel, be sure this book is on your todo list. Matt breaks down the entire Laravel development process, from explaining what Laravel is and why to use it, to setting up your development environment, and then helping the reader understand each component of the framework. Not only does his thorough knowledge of the subject matter show through his writing, but also his love for the framework. It's in those books where the author's love of the content as well as the care that went into it are palpable, that you can be sure you're getting the information you need. This one will be in my office for reference for years to come.

                The thing I love most about this book is how the content flows to the user in the same way in which the information will be used by the reader. Starting from the reasons to use Laravel and moving to more advanced topics, it is a step-by-step guide to getting Up and Running with Laravel.

                One area that I, and presumably, many other newcomers struggle with, is tests. Matt does justice to the subject by not only separating the testing component into it's own section, but also covering it along the way as he explains each component of the framework. I needed this. I'm still yet to take the leap into testing, but now, I don't feel as intimidated by the subject.

                My personal takeaways from this book are, first, a more thorough understanding of the Laravel request lifecycle. This is an area that I've always just took for granted and never bothered to dig into. Unfortunately, I started learning web development with a framework, so there are many fundamental PHP concepts that I missed along the way. Lastly, my excitement has been fueled to dive deeper into the inner workings of not only Laravel, but also into the concepts and components that are common to many web applications. I'm now more confident that a grasp on those concepts is not out of my reach!

                I'm looking forward to the final release of the book and I hope it's not his last!

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