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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (7 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782162828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782162827
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Matula

Terry Matula is a web developer and Laravel advocate based in Austin, TX.

He's been a passionate computer enthusiast since he first played Oregon Trail on an Apple//e. He started programming in BASIC at a young age, making simple Scott Adams-like games on a Commodore Vic-20. Since then, he's worked as a developer using Flash/ActionScript, ASP.NET, PHP, and numerous PHP frameworks, with Laravel being his favorite by far.

He blogs web development tips and tricks at his website

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on 13 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of the kindle edition by the publisher in return for a review.

I've been using Laravel for most of my projects for a while now, since it does all the database and routing stuff that I don't want to do myself. This cookbook is a nice collection of recipes that give you a great look at how to do a lot of the basic stuff - and since each recipe is fairly modular it's a nice reference.

It suffers greatly from the presentation style - the format is recipe description, then the recipe steps followed by a explanation. This is really jarring when you're attempting to read it since the explanation explain a step a few pages earlier. Granted, you can be copying the code across but even then you'll be jumping around your source code attempting to understand what's going on.

On the plus side, it's quite cheap (especially for the kindle edition). I'd recommend the kindle edition wholeheartedly, though I'd read it on a PC for the first time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 31 Oct 2013
Format: Paperback
It's not clear which version of Laravel this book covers.

The current version is 4 which has been out for quite some time, but the source code for this book doesn't seem to use the Blade templating engine, which suggests that it is about Laravel 3.

Very confusing for someone wanting to purchase a good book on Laravel 4.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great for short bursts and focussed tasks! 4 Jan 2014
By Chris Pitt - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book contains roughly 90 task-based tutorials, all roughly 3-4 pages in length. Each tutorial begins with a short introductory paragraph, and continues on to a point-form summary of code and configuration. As the tutorials are so short; there are usually between 4 and 8 steps to complete a task. The tasks expand on the official documentation; filling a gap in which API meets real-world tasks.

The layout of each task is formulaic, and while this breeds consistency; it hurts context. There are many tasks where I would have preferred more descriptive text. Many of the code points also need description closer to code. Sometimes "In the views/common directory, open header.php and use this code as follows" is not enough to justify strange or new code.

I also missed syntax highlighting. The book is about code and syntax-highlighting is as important to reading code as grammar is to reading a novel. I can understand when self-publishers omit this sort of thing; because of the limitations of their cheap-as-free tools, but big publishing outfits have the resources to ensure this sort of slip-up doesn't happen.

I enjoyed most of the tasks, though there were some obscure sections on setup (right in the beginning of the book). There are a broad range of topics; including forms, authentication, database, controllers, routing, views, packages, security and testing. There are also many tasks focussed on JavaScript and third-party service integration. These range, in difficulty, from beginner to intermediate.

The content is suited to short bursts of development activity. Since the tasks are short and quick; the book finds it's place as a reference book. Need to implement OAuth and remember reading about it in the cookbook? Pull it off the shelf and flip to that chapter! While this is the reason I have many of the books that I do; it's not the best for prolonged learning/development sessions. At around the twentieth consecutive task, they all start to blend together until you start to forget what you've already done.

The best way you can use this book is to pick a handful of tasks you want to achieve and learn them. Remember what you've done, each session, and know where to find them again when the time comes to implement in a real-world situation. It's good for that!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good book for learning Laravel and related dev tools 17 Dec 2013
By Gregory M. Sanders - Published on
Format: Paperback
Terry Matula’s Laravel Application Development Cookbook is a good resource for PHP developers who are familiar with MVC code frameworks and want to quickly get up to speed on Laravel. It’s especially valuable for developers like me who have heard about many time-saving dev tools (such as SublimeText2) but never had time to dig into them. This book is totally hands-on, which is great when you’re trying to get a working app up in a short time frame. This isn’t an MVC introduction -- If you haven’t worked with MVC frameworks before, this book might not confuse you, but it might leave you wondering why the code works the way it does.

Laravel Application Development Cookbook embraces the reality that today’s dev tools work in integrated development environments, not as self-standing pieces of software. Specific tools used in the book include: Git (with Laravel installed as a submodule) for source control; Apache web server; Sublime Text and NetBeans IDE; Composer as a dependency package installer; OAuth (optionally) for user authorization; Fluent for query building; jQuery for AJAX and general UI functions; Bootstrap for dynamic styling and sizing; PHPUnit for unit testing. Due to the hands-on nature of the narrative, and its reliance on specific tools that integrate well with Laravel, this cookbook’s sample code might be awkward for devs who already have a favorite development toolkit and aren’t interested in adopting new pieces. But for me, this was a huge bonus: learn Laravel and simultaneously get a painless introduction to some good productivity tools. Laravel Application Development Cookbook also gives a good introduction to some of Laravel’s specialized built-in tools: Artisan command line; Eloquent ORM and Blade templating engine, for example.

Most of the book’s chapters cover common situations such as creating a textbox with autocomplete, returning data as JSON, validating a user login and displaying nested views. There are also some niche use cases like reading RSS feeds as a data source.

This book is well worth reading if you’re interested in trying out Laravel for the first time, or using it more effectively. Full disclosure: I received a free preview copy of this book. I jumped at the chance to preview this because Laravel has gotten good reviews and I needed a good book to get me started on it. I was definitely not disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Must-have for Laravel developers! 8 Dec 2013
By saad guessous - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the kind of book I wish was available 6 months ago when I encountered Laravel for the first time and started to experiment with it. For somebody starting development with Laravel and having no prior experience with the framework this book is a must, as the recipes included covers most of the stuff ranging from beginner to intermediate level and beyond, with whole chapters dealing with basics as installing and setting up, authentication, data storage and querying using ORM, ajax, security, testing and debugging. Although Laravel is a familiar framework, I decided to re-read the chapters on controllers, views, form handling and users authentication and to my surprise I picked up a whole bunch of new information in the process, the chapters on composer and particularly the one on ajax where welcomed as I was seeking similar info on the net... And the one thing I appreciate the most is to have all of the information in one bundle, as it makes the book a good reference to go back to.
I'm really pleased with the outcome and I feel the author did a really great job and lastly I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to any developer wishing to use Laravel for his upcoming project.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good way to start with Laravel 30 Nov 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
One of the bases of laravel is keep it simple and elegant as possible, i like the way the author displays the information, first it show you what to do, then how to do it and finally he explains how it works, it helps you to understand what are you doing and get a really understanding of the framework.
I'm moving from another PHP framework, and this book was a good starting point for me, it includes how to install it, how to set your code editor and local server so you can start coding your laravel app really fast, it also includes some common security uses, how to build a RESTful API, it’s like the title says you chose want you want to implement, follow the recipe and learn.

I really recommend this book.
easy to follow reference which serves exactly the purpose for ... 31 Oct 2014
By DJ Far - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This a very well-written, easy to follow reference which serves exactly the purpose for which I bought it. It's not a basic primer on Laravel, but a how-to for specific tasks you always need to do with a framework. A very good collection of recipes.
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