A few days ago I was interviewed by Atif Shahab, PHP community manager at Cloudways, on Laravel and PHP.

What makes the Laravel framework different is that it values developer happiness above following the rules. Laravel goes for a pragmatic approach.  Take Laravel Facades for example, there are generally frowned upon for outside the Laravel community, but boy do they make using Laravel easy. ... I like the fact that Laravel is opinionated in this way.

http://www.cloudways.com/blog/freek-van-der-herten-interview/

On the same blog be sure to also check out interviews with fellow artisans Dries Vints and Dayle Rees.