From the author: This article will focus on developing web applications from scratch. About what is better to use for back-end development, and what – for the front-end part of applications.
Development of any web application consists of creating its front-end and back-end parts.
If you’re new to front-end development, the number of frameworks available may seem overwhelming to you. We won’t go deep into any other frameworks as that is beyond the scope of this article – but let’s say that choosing Angular will make your life a lot easier.
Of all the front-end frameworks available, Angular is probably the least time-consuming to learn. There are many factors that explain why Angular has a short learning curve, many of which we will look at next.
Convenient Angular CLI
Angular CLI is one of those things that keep the learning path so short. It can be shortened even further with third party apps like Angular Console (whether you’re new to Angular or not, you’ll love this app, but it doesn’t have to), which gives you a visual tool for the CLI.
One of the main advantages of the CLI is that it takes care of everything you need to do, from creating a new Angular project to deploying services, components, and more.
Many people like that for every new component, service, pipe, etc., the CLI creates a corresponding test. It also gives you a standardized way to run all tests. This gives you additional flexibility – you know that there is a test in every new file, and you can update the tests at any stage of development.
The CLI has another added benefit – it’s very specific. This is a problem for some people, but it should actually help you.
When you use the Angular CLI, it automatically sets its own set of standards for the project – essentially taking the right steps for Angular. This will help you avoid a lot of mistakes, especially when you include a project.
This is useful when working with a team or connecting a new member. If they are familiar with Angular, they already know how to accept your project and will be effective in a much shorter time frame.
In fact, all frameworks have many component libraries, however, the Angular team created Angular Material. If you are not familiar with it, we will tell you a little from the history.
In 2014, the good folks at Google created a design language called Material Design. If you’ve ever used Gmail, then you’re familiar with this type of design. He immediately became very popular.
Angular Material is Google’s unique Material Design implementation for Angular, which is great. It encapsulates and standardizes most of the components that are required to build any site or application. If you do not find the required component in it, you can easily create it.
If we talk about examples of sites using Angular, then we can cite such popular resources all over the world: Netflix, PayPal, Lego, The Guardian.
The back-end part of the application is its logic of work. This is server-side development. It implies the development of the logic of your site, interaction with the database, payment systems, and everything that should be on the server.
In backend development, you can choose from a wide variety of languages to suit different needs. You can write this part, for example, in PHP, Java, Node.js, Python, Ruby, etc. And if PHP is the language of choice for it, then the Laravel framework is an excellent choice.
The complexity and functionality of web projects is increasing all the time, and no one has the desire to write all the necessary code from scratch. Programmers need to develop complex websites and web applications, and this usually takes a very long time. To make the development process easier for programmers, they began to create frameworks.
Laravel is a web application framework with an expressive and elegant syntax. It will simplify the solution of basic painful tasks, such as authentication, routing, sessions, caching, application architecture, working with a database, etc.
A detailed look at Laravel is beyond the scope of this article, but here we look at the benefits of the framework and discuss why it would be the best choice.
The main advantages of Laravel:
large ecosystem with instant deployment of its platform;
the official site provides many manuals and information for review;
Laravel documentation is close to perfect;
has its own engine for Blade templates;
“Beautiful” language syntax that facilitates the execution of the necessary tasks (for example, authentication, session, caching and RESTful routing);
own ORM – Eloquent ORM, which offers simple and convenient tools for working with databases;
excellent request routing system.
Separately, it should be said about the advantages of built-in mechanisms.
First, Laravel has a clear exception handling mechanism.
Secondly, the integrated authorization and authentication mechanisms can be reconfigured for specific requirements.
Thirdly, this framework provides convenient mechanisms for caching Internet applications.
Speaking of the benefits, it is also worth recalling the simplicity and availability of the software interface for sending mail via a cloud or on-premises service.
Finally, this framework provides free access to billing services with Braintree and Stripe subscriptions.
To assess the popularity of the framework, we suggest referring to several sources of statistics.
Popularity based on query statistics provided by Google Trends:
As you can see from the graph of the popularity of Google Trends, the Laravel framework takes a confident first place and is constantly gaining popularity without slowing down. Which, in general, is very good – considering that these are global statistics.
If we take the statistics of queries in Google Trends for Russia, then the picture will not change much:
As you can see from the graph, in 2016 Laravel took over the leadership from the Yii2 framework and not only continues to hold it to this day, but is also gaining popularity.
This means that most of the new projects in the country are now created using the actively developing Laravel. Considering the trends and choosing Laravel as your framework for developing the back-end portion of your web application, you are doing the right thing!
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