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What's New in Laravel 5.1

Laravel 5.1 includes a variety of welcomed new features. Everything from broadcasting events, to massively improved testing facilities, to LTS support. As always, Laravel is setting the curve with this new release. Let's breeze through the new features that you'll be enjoying.

16 episodes
2:11:21 hrs
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  • Episode 1 Run Time 2:24

    Upon installing Laravel 5.1, the first thing you'll notice is that the style guide is a bit different. Laravel now adopts the PSR-2 coding standard. If you're not familiar, this is nothing more than a set of style guidelines for writing code.

  • Episode 2 Run Time 5:13

    Inspired by ASP.NET MVC 6, you may now inject services directly into your views. While it's not appropriate for everything, there are a number of situations where this technique will prove to be quite useful. Let me show you.

  • Episode 3 Run Time 5:35

    In addition to a series of optimizations and consistency improvements, in Laravel 5.1, Elixir includes EcmaScript 6 compilation right out of the box, using the excellent Babel compiler.

  • Episode 4 Run Time 6:29

    If you worked through the Intuitive Integration Testing series, you'll feel right at home in 5.1. Most of that API is now part of the base install. This means, you'll be writing incredibly readable integration tests in no time.

  • Episode 5 Run Time 8:25

    Whether for database seeding or general testing, you're going to love model factories in Laravel 5.1. A single line of code can give you a huge amount of convenience and power.

  • Episode 6 Run Time 4:35

    In the past, defining arguments and options for an Artisan command was - to be frank - a big pain. For options, you needed to create a method that returned an array of arrays, where each one contained a sequence of values. It was up to you to memorize all of this. Thankfully, in Laravel 5.1, it's infinitely easier. In fact, it's as easy as defining a route.

  • Episode 7 Run Time 4:20

    You'll find that two directory names have been changed. "Commands" is now "Jobs", and "Handlers" is now "Listeners." Don't worry; these changes won't break your code. They're backward compatible.

  • Episode 8 Run Time 1:18

    We don't require a code editor for this one. For Laravel 5.1, the documentation has been massively improved - with Taylor Otwell going over each and every page. Even better, we now have excellent search at our fingertips.

    Not only that, but with version 5.1, your company instantly inherits long term support: bux fixes for two years, and security fixes for three!

  • Episode 9 Run Time 5:29

    We've already reviewed middleware parameters at Laracasts, so this episode will serve as a quick, crash-course overview.

  • Episode 10 Run Time 2:07

    This next one is by no means a big feature, but it might prove useful in some situations. You may now apply a prefix to your named routes. I'll show you how.

  • Episode 11 Run Time 10:22

    Login throttling in Laravel 5.1 is a breeze! In this lesson, we'll review the basic concept, the implementation, and finally the underlying source code to make it possible.

  • Episode 12 Run Time 17:01

    You know how to fire an event with Laravel, but what about when you want that event to travel all the way to the client-side? How the heck do we do that?

  • Episode 13 Run Time 11:20

    Laravel 5.1 is the first release to offer ACL functionality straight out of the box. Let me show you how laughably simple it is to work with!

  • Episode 14 Run Time 6:11

    Let's continue with our review of Laravel's ACL capabilities, by reviewing policy objects.

  • Episode 15 Run Time 17:04

    Before we move on to learning how roles fit into this workflow, let's take some time to peek behind the scenes. This way, if you're curious, you'll know exactly how all the bits and pieces fit together.

  • Episode 16 Run Time 23:28

    For some projects, you may find that you require greater flexibility. Consider a CMS like WordPress, where users may be assigned roles, each which has its own set of permissions. How can we make that work?

    View the completed source for this episode on GitHub.

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