i really do not know, if it is 5.0 or perhaps it was allready in 4.x, but i just discovered from the password reminders controller, that there are some "cool" helpers available:
view(), redirect(), bcrypt() etc
are there any downsides in using them? code sure looks cleaner with
return view('some.view') versus return \View::make('some.view')
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