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Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web application framework for the development of web applications following the model–view–controller (MVC) architectural pattern. Some of the features of Laravel are a modular packaging system with a dedicated dependency manager, different ways for accessing relational databases, utilities that aid in application deployment and maintenance, and its orientation toward syntactic sugar. Laravel is regarded as one of the most popular PHP frameworks.

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I find myself defending PHP on a consistent basis and often think about the reason for all of the hate? PHP was the first language I learned in order to get into web development. Granted, the syntax isn't my favorite, but I find a lot of the prejudice is aimed the lack of structure and canned architecture which has been addressed by some great frameworks such as Laravel. Other complaints I hear are about the lack of OO in PHP which is simply untrue anymore.

However, I must admit, that even though I am an advocate of the language I do not use it for new web projects anymore (opting instead for Javascript / Express / SQL stacks), so maybe my affinity is simply misapplied nostalgia.
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by:Ray Paseur
I've just discovered this new blog-looking thingie on the E-E home page.  Looks like fun!  

Here is my favorite article about PHP.  You can agree with all of it and still get quick results with PHP, hence its popularity.
https://eev.ee/blog/2012/04/09/php-a-fractal-of-bad-design/

In unrelated matters, here's what you get if you search E-E for Gene Richardson.  Why, oh why?
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by:Bill Torchia
I have worked with PHP as the core language at a past job. We did not use a frame work because they did not exist when the company started. From that experience my opinion of PHP is that is a great language that has gotten a bad rep because of bad practices. You will see a lot of the same problems that people complain about in PHP in other, older, languages.
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Laravel

Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web application framework for the development of web applications following the model–view–controller (MVC) architectural pattern. Some of the features of Laravel are a modular packaging system with a dedicated dependency manager, different ways for accessing relational databases, utilities that aid in application deployment and maintenance, and its orientation toward syntactic sugar. Laravel is regarded as one of the most popular PHP frameworks.

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