Beautiful codes crafted to fit in the purpose of developers who have an intense urge for creating faultless websites rapidly, are what Laravel as a platform signifies. From its date of introduction, way back in 2011 Laravel has undergone many updates. Each addition contributed to its flexibility and made it robust in all facets. Just a week before Laravel 5 features have been extended to improve its performance, and the new version is titled as Laravel 5.1. Let us check out some vital modifications made to Laravel 5 that can assist a Laravel development company in multiple ways.
In Laravel5.1 programmers can find a new tool for broadcasting events out to Pusher.com. Instead of Pusher.com, developers can resort to the Redis based Socket.io too. Pusher.com and Socket make use of web sockets to establish a connection with the user’s web browser directly. It enables programmers to push an event straightly to the user instead of reloading a page many times. The 5.1 version comes out with a Should Broadcast interface and a much refined Broadcast On method for adding the flexibility of broadcasting events.
Passing of parameters to Middleware
One of the main difficulties that occurred while using Laravel 5 was the passing of parameters to the Middleware. The route filters in Laravel 5 were not well set to handle the passing of parameters to Middleware. With the modifications done to the base codes, Laravel 5.1 has been improved to take parameters passed to the Middleware as well.
New improved Artisan commands
Artisan commands were added to the directory of Laravel to ease the functionality of every application and its interactivity. It is all out of the box commands which increase the flexibility of this platform while developing applications. Still the creation of arguments and calling of complex methods with operators was a tedious task for programmers with older versions of Laravel. Now Laravel 5.1 has simplified syntax which allows programmers to create commands, progress bars, as well as tables very easily.
Blade Service Injection
Programmers had to create separate View Composers for injecting objects into the blade templates, while using Laravel 5. In Laravel 5.1, developers can easily inject an object into the line of codes of Blade templates. Then the codes look nice, crisp, and more understandable,
Renovated Integration Testing
Integration testing is done to find out errors in the functioning of an application as an integrated unit. The new version of Laravel showcases immense emphasize in offering the best classes and methods to do integration testing of applications in the form of Model factories, Database Migrations, and Database transactions. This version even offers programmers to enable testing without Middleware Trait operator as well. Now the classes and methods will seem much shorter, and effective in Laravel 5.1 with superior features.
Long time support & other random updates
5.1 will be the first version of Laravel to offer a long time support. Adding to the core, this new framework has options to exclude routes from CSRF Middleware, run third party scripts without SSH, and some Elixir improvements to help better compiling of ECMA Script6.