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What's New in Laravel 5.0 (Alpha)

Each new release of Laravel feels like a mini-Christmas, and version 5 is no different! Though some of these changes might seem jolting at first, don't worry; give me a few minutes, and I'll explain everything you need to know. Get ready!

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    1. Run Time 7:20 Free

      To begin our review of Laravel 5.0, let's review the most immediate change, when you install a fresh copy of the framework: the directory structure is different!

    2. Run Time 4:20 Free

      For a while now, we've been able to leverage automatic constructor injection, thanks to reflection and the IoC container. But now, the same is possible for controller methods! You'll love this one.

    3. Next, we come to my favorite new feature in Laravel 4.3: form requests. Have you ever noticed how we all handle validation in slightly different ways? For such a common task, it's sad that there isn't a single system that we can all follow. Well...now there is! You're going to love form requests objects - especially when we mix them with method injection.

    4. Run Time 5:12 Free

      Re-typing the same boilerplate over and over benefits no one. Instead, leverage the new file generators in Laravel 4.3.

    5. Run Time 10:21 Free

      Laravel 4.3 includes a new auth generator that will save you a great deal of time, when beginning your next new project.

      You may learn more about password resets here.

    6. Run Time 9:10 Free

      For a while now, we've had the luxury of choosing from multiple drivers for mail, sessions, queues, and more. However, when it came to the filesystem, we were limited to working locally. Well - not anymore! Laravel, once again embracing the best of the PHP community, now pulls in the excellent Flysystem package, while providing a light decorator around it to keep the API consistent with what you're used to.

      Let's check it out!

    7. Run Time 9:21 Free

      All of Laravel's components now adhere to a new set of contracts, or interfaces. Yes, this isn't the most glamorous thing in the world, however, you'll find that it helps to decouple your code and reduce hard dependencies.

    8. Run Time 5:08 Free

      Route caching, which would be performed on your production server, will drastically speed up the process of registering your application's routes.

    9. Run Time 21:10 Free

      New to Laravel is Socialite: an optional, first-party package for handling third-party authentication, such as with GitHub, Twitter, or Facebook. In this lesson, we'll review the entire process from scratch.

      View the source for this lesson on GitHub.

    10. Run Time 12:10 Free

      Any modern application these days will require some form of automated asset/script compilation, concatenation, and general file watching. While tools, like Grunt and Gulp, simplify these common tasks, the truth is that it still takes too much effort to get up and running. But what if we could add a layer on top of Gulp to make the process of triggering such tasks as simple as it could possibly be? Well, we can! Let's talk about Laravel Elixir, which is now included with the base install of Laravel 5.

      Update: To speed things up, minification is disabled during development. Instead, run gulp --production when you're ready to deploy.

    11. Run Time 13:20

      Where did my routes.php file go!? Well, in Laravel 5, we can use annotations to register our routes. Let me show you how it works.

    12. Run Time 7:22

      In Laravel 5, we have two ways to register event listeners, and both are better than the way we accomplished it in Laravel 4! Let's see.