I first heard about Laravel in late fall 2013 when planning another web project with our wunderfactory team. I did not have much knowledge concerning frameworks and pure PHP in general back then though I had picked up something here and there. So when I decided to dig a little bit deeper in January 2014 and started to learn PHP, it did not take long for me to realize that Laravel is simply an amazing framework.
I have to admit that, learning server side programming, I did not choose a very common way. Starting with the framework and not the language itself is probably not the way that most people would choose if they wanted to broaden their programming horizon.
However, I did succeed in learning php eventually and getting to know Laravel as a framework at the same time which is mostly due to three amazing websites and services that I want to share with you today. They made my life significantly easier and they are one of the main reasons why I am especially looking forward to attending Laracon 2014 in New York this year.
First of all there is codeacademy.com. Focusing on providing an easy to understand learning system for various programming languages they are an amazing point to start off your coding journey.
Then there is stackoverflow.com which is probably widely known as THE developers forum on the internet. Well, I can completely agree with that and can only recommend them to anybody having an issue or question concerning coding-related topics.
Last but not least I want to mention laracasts.com and I’ll cut it quite short. Without Laracasts I would have not been able to learn pure php and getting to know Laravel to an extend that now gives me the possibility to make significant contributions to real-life projects in just a very small amount of time.
I am really looking forward to meeting Jeffrey Way (founder of Laracasts) on Laracon this year.
For more infos feel free to visit laracasts.com.