Introduction to the Laravel Framework

Don't miss our introduction to the Laravel framework by Boston PHP member Jonathan Barronville. 

Over the past year, Laravel, a PHP MVC framework, has gone from being unknown to being one of the top frameworks out there, releasing the much awaited v4.1 on December 12th.

Laravel comes with many features and is built on many strong and mature software design patterns.Its main attraction is its intuitive API, which, unlike many other PHP frameworks, makes Laravel an absolute pleasure to use.

Some of the features of Laravel include:

- Awesome routing facilities.

- Eloquent, an elegant and one-of-a-kind object-relational mapper.

- Easy and convenient templating using Blade, a great templating engine built for Laravel.

- A rock-solid foundation built and based on many battle-tested Symfony components.

- Artisan, your new best friend and Laravel’s amazing CLI, which helps with database migrations, project management, and so on … you can even create your own commands.

- A modular architecture powered by Composer, which makes it easier to build scalable and less coupled apps.

- An active and supportive community.

- Amazing documentation.

- Marvelous testing facilities to make sure your apps are doing what you think they are.

- Much more.

In this talk, Jonathan will provide a solid introduction to the framework for absolute beginners … just remember to bring some PHP experience and a bright smile (very important).

Speaker Bio
Jonathan Barronville is a 19-year-old hacker (no, not that type of hacker), independent researcher, mentor, and entrepreneur. He's a technical advisor for a couple of startups ... his absolute favorite being SitterCycle  At the moment, in the Boston community alone, Jonathan is a programming mentor for over 20 individuals. In his supposed-to-be-sleep-time, Jonathan conducts independent research on open computational education. In the past, Jonathan has helped develop insanely badass software for software accessibility, helped launch a free school for poor families in LaPointe des Palmistes, Port-de-Paix (northwest of Haiti), and even served as a radio show host for a while at a local radio station, Samy FM, in LaPointe des Palmistes (yeah, I laugh about that too).

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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM > Free Pizza 
7:00 PM - 7:10 PM > Announcements 
7:20 PM - 8:30 PM > Main Presentation
8:30 - 8:50PM > Audience Q & A
9:00 PM > Beers at Champions Bar?

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  • sylvieg

    Very good talk Jonathan. The git tags strategy was great. I think I am ready now to use laravel by myself. Thank you. Is the todo code accessible somewhere? You told a couple of times the todo example was not showing the right way to program - just a demo. What is the right way to do it? Perhaps another meetup?
    Thank you Jonathan

    February 23, 2014

  • Bob H.

    I enjoyed Jonathan's presentation very much. As he said, he was hoping to instill some interest in Laravel and he succeeded with me at least. His laid back approach and humor kept me interested til the end. Would it be possible to post the list of links that were shown at the end of the presentation? I would like to see the code base for the todo app.

    February 21, 2014

  • Mohan V.

    I am trying to replicate what Jonathon showed yesterday. Not sure how he got a file browser coupled with (i think) chrome to display files. Can someone explain how to do that? (clicking filename on left panel opens up the file in the panel). TIA.

    February 20, 2014

    • Bobby C.

      Mohan, if you don't want to deal with paid apps or free trials there are plenty of free editors/IDE's that do this. Check out the ones listed here to start: http://en.wikipedia.o...­

      February 20, 2014

    • Tom H.

      Not sure if this is what you're looking for but there is a program called "prepros" that will auto-refresh your browser with each change you make in your IDE.

      February 20, 2014

  • Duane B.

    Speaker was compelling and kept the audience interested. Pacing was perfect, using git tags was genius, and the demo had just the right depth.

    February 20, 2014

  • Tony B.

    was this tapped by any chance?

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Slides slash presentation needs better visual formatting, that was pretty hard to read but the material was awesome

    February 19, 2014

  • Drew

    Is anyone a Jquery Mobile master?

    February 19, 2014

  • Bobby C.

    If you're going to Champion's with us, you can either meet us there afterward or come find me in the lobby. I'm the big guy with the gray "I <3 PHP" shirt

    February 19, 2014

  • George

    I'm feeling the flu coming on, I'll be there next month

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Our startup company is working with an off-shore team to develop a role-based health management web site. The work is done on CodeIgniter framework. Before the site goes alive, we would like to hire a local PHP expert to help us verifying the code, etc. If things work out well, this individual can potentially become a partner with our company. If you are interested in learning more about our project and company, we can meet and talk at tonight's PHP meetup.

    February 19, 2014

  • Justin Wenzhao L.


    February 19, 2014

  • James M.

    Out sick. Sad to be missing this :(

    February 19, 2014

  • Gregory D.

    Interested in PHP

    February 19, 2014

  • Gene B.

    All About Laravel. Jonathan Barronville previews his Wednesday evening presentation.

    Join us.

    February 18, 2014

  • George

    Any one have any suggestions for parking (I don't travel to Cambridge ever). If they have their own parking I'd be very happy.

    February 18, 2014

    • George

      Thanks a lot!

      February 18, 2014

    • Jonathan B.

      Yeah, what the dude with the crazy beard said :) .

      2 · February 18, 2014

  • Gene B.

    Getting Started with Laravel on

    February 15, 2014

  • Tony B.

    Laravel is just amazing, makes php fun again!

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Drew

    I'm from the Cape so pardon my lack of geographical knowledge, do you know if I can get to the NERD from the train?

    February 10, 2014

    • Bobby C.

      One clarification since this has confused people before... the big Microsoft building at 1 Cambridge Center, just outside Kendall Station, is not the NERD center. Go past this building (it should be on your left) and continue down Main St. maybe 1/4 mile until you're almost at the longfellow bridge. NERD is the last big building on the right. Note that you will be behind it, so you will have to cut across their little driveway/rotary thing toward Memorial Drive to get into the lobby.

      1 · February 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Absolutely correct. The "map" link at the top of this page will show an accurate location for the NERD center.

      February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a shame that some of our meetups are scheduled so far out. I'm about to start a big project and I expect to be going full-speed by mid February.

    Suggestion for future meetups: Schedule them sooner if possible?

    Anyone else feel the same way?

    January 29, 2014

    • Bobby C.

      Jonathan is correct, and there's also coordinating with sponsors and the fact that Wed nights tend to fill up quickly at NERD, and that everything is done by unpaid volunteers. We've also found that the less lead time we allow for an event, the lower the attendance tends to be. We have sort of an unofficial goal of getting our Meetups planned out 3 months in advance, which has proven to be tough so far, but we're working on it. And please, if you have any ideas for topics or speakers we would love to hear them!

      1 · February 1, 2014

    • Bobby C.

      By the way Patryk, don't worry about coming off aggressively... We need to hear the negative feedback just as much as the positive. :)

      2 · February 1, 2014

  • Gene B.

    Best PHP Frameworks for 2014. How high did Laravel rank?

    December 28, 2013

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