PHP is one of the oldest and most popular web development languages, and Laravel is its most popular framework. In this article, we discuss why.
Choosing the right framework for your application is one of the most difficult aspects of the initial stages of project development. Although the general criteria for a development team to choose the framework are – the cost of development, their experience with it, popularity of the framework, etc., there are several other factors like third-party integrations, deployment, testing and many more that need deliberate consideration.
The PHP scripting language has a variety of frameworks with robust technical capabilities such as – Laravel, Symfony, CodeIgniter, Yii 2, Phalcon, CakePHP, Zend , Slim, etc. Yet, Laravel has retained the top position on the list of top PHP MVC frameworks.
The graph above, clearly shows how Laravel has increasingly become popular as compared to the other PHP web frameworks, over the last five years. Clearly Laravel is the best framework in 2019.
Laravel is also one of the most trending repositories on GitHub with almost 45000 stars (and counting).
So, what is the reason to gain such a huge popularity and how it covers all the things that your web application needs?
Let’s find out in this blog that takes a deep dive into what exactly is Laravel and the reasons why Laravel remains the leading PHP framework even today.
We will outline some of the interesting features of the Laravel framework here, which will explain why it is gaining so much popularity.
Built-In Authentication and Authorization
Multiple File System
Events and Broadcasting
1. MVC Support and Object-Oriented Approach
The first and best advantage of using the Laravel framework is that it follows – Model, View, and Controller-based architectural pattern and it has an expressive beautiful syntax which makes it object-oriented.
2. Built-In Authentication and Authorization
Laravel provides an out-of-the-box configuration for the Authentication and Authorization system. That is, in just a few artisan commands your application will be equipped with secure Authentication and Authorization.
3. Packaging System
A packaging system deals with the multiple support software or libraries that help the web application to automate the process. Laravel uses a composer as a dependency manager, which manages all the information needed to manage packages. Packages are a great way to accelerate development is to provide the functionality we need out of the box. Image, Laravel Debug bar and Laravel IDE helper are some of the best Laravel packages.
4.Multiple File System
Laravel also has a built-in support for the cloud storage system such as Amazon S3 and Rack space Cloud Storage and of course for local storage. It’s amazingly simple to switch between these storage options as the API remains the same for each system. One can use all three systems in one application to serve files from multiple locations like in a distributed environment.
5. Artisan Console
Laravel has its own command line interface called as Artisan. Common uses of Artisan include publishing package assets, managing database migrations, seeding and generating boilerplate code for new controllers, models, and migrations. This feature frees the developer from creating proper code skeletons. One can extend the functionality and capabilities of Artisan by implementing new custom commands.
6. Eloquent ORM
The Eloquent ORM is Laravel’s built-in ORM implementation. Laravel has the best Object-relational Mapper as compared to the other frameworks out there. This Object-relational mapping allows you to interact with your database objects and database relationships using expressive syntax.
7. Templating engine
Laravel comes with the inbuilt template engine known as Blade Template Engine. Blade templating engine combines one or more templates with a data model to produce resulting views, doing that by transpiring the templates into cached PHP code for improved performance. Blade also provides a set of its own control structures such as conditional statements and loops, which are internally mapped to their PHP counterparts.
Using Laravel reliable techniques are very easy. As a password will never be saved in the form of a simple text in the DB. A token is always generated when a user logs-in which is not a hacker to get the unauthorized access of the web page. Laravel uses Bcrypt hashing algorithm for creating an encrypted password.
There are 9 security features available in Laravel are as follows:
Passwords Reminders and Rest
Manually Logging in Users
HTTP Basic Authentications
9. Events and Broadcasting
Laravel has a concept named broadcasting which is useful in the modern web application to implement real-time data, showing live feeds,etc. Broadcasting allows you to share same event name between your server-side and client-side, so you will able to pull real-time data from the application.
10. Object-Oriented Libraries
It is also one of the great features of the Laravel framework, which makes it the best PHP framework in 2019. It has many pre-installed object-oriented libraries. It has many advanced features such as encryption, Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) protection, Bcrypt hashing, resetting the password and monitoring active users.