I haven't worked with it much.  I use BookStack CMS to host books I have written.  It runs on i (of course) and uses Laravel.  What I like is that in the case of BookStack, Laravel allows you easily override existing exiting "base" functionality that you have written, much like having a library of core functions and then putting another library in the library list ahead of it that modifies or overrides a function.  It's pretty simple in concept and implementation.

That is always the advantage of using a framework, you get lots of helpful OOTB functionality you don't have to write.  Weighing that against the bulk and learning curve of a framework is the challenge.

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On 9/14/2023 1:00 AM, Don Brown via WEB400 wrote:
Hi All

We are relatively new to PHP and have been building a few applications in
just PHP - no frameworks.

And at this stage have been quite happy with the results.

We initially ran the Zend server from IBM and have recently installed the
Community edition from Alan Sieden.

I am trying to understand what benefits we would get by adding Laravel to
the mix ?

This is not something I have knowledge about and am trying to find ...
well what does it actually do. I have watched some utube videos and read
a number of documents but I think I am more confused now!

So what am I asking ...

Is anyone using Laravel with PHP on IBMi and if so why ?

What benefits can I get from Laravel ? or for that matter is there another
framework that would be recommended with PHP on IBMi ?

Can you recommend any resources - documents, videos that I may be able to
get a better view or why I might want to use it ?



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