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Laravel 4 From Scratch

Each year, the Laracasts "Laravel From Scratch" series is refreshed to reflect the latest iteration of the framework. This is the 2014 edition, which uses version 4.0 of the framework.

So you're brand new to this whole MVC framework thing. That's okay; we've all been there! This series was tailor-made for you, and will get you up to speed in no time. Follow along, step by step!

16 episodes
1:35:32 hrs
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  • Episode 1 Run Time 3:22

    Naturally, before we can begin learning about Laravel and the MVC pattern, we first need to install the framework. We'll tackle that in this lesson.

  • Episode 2 Run Time 11:18

    Now that we have a fresh installation of Laravel, let's have a look around our new project, and discuss the benefits of the MVC architecture.

  • Episode 3 Run Time 7:11

    We've already discussed the basics of views and controllers, but how do models fit into this whole thing?

  • Episode 4 Run Time 4:13

    Now that we have a modest understanding of the MVC pattern, let's next learn how to connect our Laravel app to a MySQL database.

  • Episode 5 Run Time 7:23

    Now that we've reviewed the DB class, let's next move on to Laravel's ORM, called Eloquent. I think you'll love it!

  • Episode 6 Run Time 7:16

    You'll love Laravel's templating engine, called Blade. In this lesson, we'll review the basics of Blade, while we build a simple layout for displaying users.

  • Episode 7 Run Time 4:26

    Master pages offer an elegant way to DRY up our views, so to speak. Clearly, copying and pasting HTML from view to view is a bad idea! Let's fix that in this lesson.

  • Episode 8 Run Time 4:19

    Routing to closures is helpful for quick projects, however, as soon as you build an app of any size or substance, you'll likely want to switch to controllers. Let's do that in this lesson.

  • Episode 9 Run Time 5:34

    Now that we've reviewed explicit routing, let's learn a bit more about the RESTful style of development, and how Laravel fits in.

  • Episode 10 Run Time 5:32


    Let's move on to Laravel's form handling capabilities.

  • Episode 11 Run Time 2:26

    It's now time to accept the form's POST data, and translate that into a new record in our database. Luckily Eloquent makes this a cinch!

  • Episode 12 Run Time 8:28

    Clearly, we must implement some form of validation for protection. Let's tackle that in this episode.

  • Episode 13 Run Time 7:00

    It's better if we instead inject our User object through the controller's constructor. Let's tackle that in this lesson, and learn about some alternative ways of validating a user.

  • Episode 14 Run Time 6:15

    Laravel makes use of what we call migrations to handle table creation and manipulation. You're going to love it! Think of it as version control for your database.

  • Episode 15 Run Time 10:26

    Now that we have users table, how might we go about adding an authentication layer to our application?

  • Episode 16 Run Time 23

    Well that does it for this introduction to Laravel. But, as you can imagine, there is so, so much more to learn. Luckily, you'll find page after page of education on this very site. See you around!