I have a few friends who are big on Symfony and were appalled when I told them I was learning laravel.
They say with laravel you don't learn to be better at PHP - you learn to get better with laravel. And ultimately you will become a laravel developer as opposed to a PHP developer.
What are your thoughts on this?
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