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Laravel 101: From A Leading Laravel Developer UK

So, you’re looking to hire a Laravel developer in the UK?

When it comes to web applications, if you can imagine it, we can develop it.

At the beginning of any development project, there comes the difficult question of which framework to use. You’re probably here reading this right now because you’re looking for answers to that very question. Luckily though, you are here. By the time you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll have a better idea of whether Laravel is the right choice for your project or not.

Alternatively, if you already know that Laravel is the right choice for you, or you would simply prefer to discuss your options with a Laravel expert based in the UK over the phone, call us on 01789 332 567. We offer Laravel development services to clients throughout the UK, with offices based in both London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

If you would like to know more about Laravel and its role in web application development before getting in touch, then continue reading.

In this article we’ll cover these topics:

Table of Contents

    What is Laravel?

    Laravel is a framework that’s used to develop web applications. In other words, it’s a way of building things like ticket booking websites, content management systems, social networks and much more. It’s an open-source PHP framework that was developed by Taylor Otwell. It was first released in June 2011 and since then has grown to become one of the most popular and well-respected PHP frameworks.

    One of the things the team here, amongst other people, love about it is the way it has simplified and cleaned up the coding process. It has been designed to make development less cumbersome, without compromising on functionality. To a developer, Lavarel code is a pleasure to look at.

    Laravel Code Example

    The kind of applications that can be built with Laravel

    Laravel is used to develop applications based on the Model-View-Controller (MVC) approach. In simple terms, the MVC approach to development says that code falls into one of three categories: Model, View or Controller. The Model is the code that stores raw data and the basic functionality of an app. The View refers to the code that controls how your application looks to the user (UI). And the Controller code is effectively the communication channel between the Model and View.

    Model View Controller MVC diagram

    By adopting the MVC approach, Laravel allows for code to be reused in other areas of the application thanks to its modular nature. In non-tech terms, it makes the whole development process a lot more flexible.

    So, most applications that can be built using the MVC approach can be built with Laravel. These include:

    • Authentication Apps
    • Routing
    • Database Interaction
    • Email
    • CMS
    • Social Media
    • Booking Platforms
    • Complex Online Shops

    Those are just a few examples but since Laravel is such an adaptable framework, there are plenty more ways it can be used.

    A basic example of how Laravel works in 3 steps

    1. A user types a URL into their computer’s browser which belongs to a website running Laravel framework.
    2. Laravel receives the request and takes care of routing, searching for the correct files and processing the files.
    3. Laravel then sends back the processed files to the users’ browser which fulfils the original request.

    An infographic of how Laravel works by the leading Laravel developer UK

    In the example above, you can see that Laravel acts as an intermediary between the user and the server.

    But what is the advantage of using Laravel to do this?

    There are two main advantages.

    The first being stability. Laravel is an extremely stable framework that can be used to design scalable web applications with very complex functionality that can process information quickly.

    The second advantage is security. One of the key aspects of Laravel, when it comes to security, is that it doesn’t allow access to its components. It’s an important measure the developers put in place to prevent hacking attempts from attackers remotely injecting malicious code.

    Real-world application: A Laravel booking system

    Developing an online ticket booking system is a great example of when to use the Laravel framework.

    There is a clear Model (the number of tickets available, price, seat numbers etc…) a clear View (the user interface where customers can search for/book tickets) and the need for communication between the two, the Controller. Often, additional complex functionality is required in booking systems as well as the need for the system to work at scale. All of this makes Laravel the obvious choice.

    Laravel Booking System Flowchart

    An example of what a booking system has to handle on a daily basis

    Here at WE ARE PYTHON, we have developed our own proprietary booking system using Laravel. It’s an extremely functional platform that provides a great user experience. An example of our platform being used as a ticketing solution can be found over at Showtime Live. Showtime Live is one of the UK’s leading event promotors and thanks to their size, we have been able to prove that our system can cope with the stress and strain of operating at scale.

    Another advantage of using Laravel to design our proprietary booking system comes from its MVC approach. Our system can be customised to work in almost any situation that involves booking or ticketing. We can take advantage of its modular nature by developing additional functionality for the platform. Any extra features a ticketing platform could ever need can easily be integrated into our Laravel booking system.

    It’s a great example of how versatile and powerful Laravel can be.

    WE ARE PYTHON – Leading Laravel developer UK

    As you have probably already seen, when it comes to finding dedicated Laravel developers in the UK there isn’t many of us out there. That’s why, to cater to the UK market, we have put together a team of highly-skilled developers. We have the ability to deliver any project, no matter how complex. That promise is why we are the United Kingdom’s top Laravel development company.

    Our contact details are below, so get in touch and we can discuss your project further.

    Stratford-upon-Avon Office

    Tel: 01789 332 567

    Email: [email protected]

    London Office

    Tel: 02080 165 981

    Email: [email protected]

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