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A step by step guide to building your first Laravel application

Eric L. Barnes, the curator of Laravel News, recently launched his new website called dotdev. It aims to be a resource for developers who want to read quality reviews and tutorials amongst other things.

Although the site in general doesn’t focus on Laravel, Eric wrote a good introductory post for people who are new to the framework. Unlike most beginner level articles, it focuses on creating a real world application.

My goal with this is to create a guide for those just learning the framework. It is setup to take you from the very beginning of an idea into a real deployable application.

I am attempting to go through the process of creating a new application just as I would in a real world environment. In fact, the code and idea is taken from a project that I built.


For the first batch of posts on the site I made a playlist for coding late at night. Do you have something to share that would interest the readers of dotdev? Read these guidelines on guest posting first, and thenemail Eric.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.