Laravel Notes

I mainly develop on Windows 7 and transfer any production code across to Linux machines for live environments. At some stage I’ll have to get around to using Vagrant to setup machines for me.

I install and use GIT for version control –

For code editing I’ve been using Sublime Text, but Jeffrey Way at has been showing off PHPStorm and it looks pretty useful. I’ll be using the trial version to see if it’s worth investing in.

Composer is also required. I use the Windows installer –

The majority of databases I use are MySQL and I’ve pretty much stuck with PHPMyAdmin over the years. But of late I’ve been using HeidiSQL which is not browser based and pretty powerful and freeware! You can find it here –

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Laravel Learning

Here are some of the Laravel resources on the web that I’ve found helpful over the past few months.

  • from Jeffrey Way. A comprehensive set of lessons & tutorials. Subscribe… it’s worth it.
  • from Philip Brown – Well explained sections showing the build and addition to a fully working web app. (find a Laravel tutorial, click on it and rush to the bottom of the page to see the full Laravel lesson tree)
  • – Always good to read the actual documentation

Laravel Basics

Creating a new project

Personally I use  a GitBash command line because Git is auto installed & I get to use Unix commands too.  I’ll move into the parent folder.  On my development machine I have a c:\web\sites folder under which sits all my development domains.  I use Apache with virtual name servers to point local domain names to those folders.

So for instance I have a folder called c:\web\sites\laraveldemos

In there I now want to create a new project called MyTestProject so I’ll move to that folder in my command line and type;

composer create-project laravel/laravel MyTestProject

That starts off a full installation of Laravel and once completed (after a few minutes) the new project will exist in the new folder c:\web\sites\laraveldemos\MyTestProject.

Adding extras to a Project

The Laravel framework utilises a modular building process so that if you need an extension you can simply use Composer to pull in that extension.

More to follow….

Dave Walker
Dave Walker is a middle aged programmer living in North Yorkshire, who loves music and used to enjoy constantly restarting fitness regimes with a bit of football, cycling, swimming & jogging. Now I just eat biscuits.

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