As 2015 comes to a close it’s a great time to look back on just what all happened throughout this year and it was busy for Laravel.
We seen Laravel 5.0 and 5.1 released and a new microframework Lumen. Also, some of our favorite tools like Elixir and Homestead received nice upgrades. All that plus two conferences, many meetups, and an active and vibrant community. It’s awesome to see.
Coming up next is going to be the release of Laravel 5.2 and the official Laravel Spark. It appears there is no slowing down.
Below is a timeline of some of the events and resources from this year.
2015 In Review
Laravel 5 was released to great fan fare.
Laravel Slack chat was announced to the world. It has grown to almost 7,000 members.
Adam Wathan refactors in real time. Little did we know this would be shaping his Laracon talk.
Gistlog, the blogging engine powered by GitHub gists launched.
Taylor was featured on the Changelog podcast talking about Laravel and it’s ideals.
Laravel Homestead added support for the SensioLabs Blackfire Profiler.
Interview with Jack about the new design for Laravel.com.
A short review of everyone’s favorite debugging system.
Laracasts started a series on covering advanced Eloquent topics
Taylor launched Envoyer that offers simple zero down time deploys.
Fernando Montoya has started translating the Laravel documentation for the Spanish community.
Laravel won Sitepoint’s framework survey for the second year in a row
In March we lost a friend and great person.
The fast microframework Lumen launched.
As with all new releases, Taylor started sharing new features early.
The first Laravel LTS was announced.
The community created a massive list of 70+ socialite providers.
I launched my first book on Laravel and Stripe.
Spotlight on a user group in South Korea
NinjaGrl created a painting for Lumen.
LTS, PSR-2, and easier unit testing!
Packagist, the PHP Package repository, received a new design. I should have taken a screen shot of the before and after.
PHP as a language had a birthday
I interviewed Freek who created a ton of stuff this year.
LaraJobs turned one
Povilas Korop started a new site sharing daily Laravel Tips that he discovers while using the framework.
Version 3 features true sequential tasks, more explicit logging, and easier configuration.
Dayle Rees launched a new intro PHP book.
Laracon was held in Louisville KY on August 11th.
Laracon EU was the week after the US conference.
Laravel 5.1.11 was released, featuring a brand new Authorization or ACL system to make restricting access easier than ever.
The alpha version of Laravel Spark was announced.
A guest post by Freek Van der Herten
A project to create a drop-in Doctrine2 implementation for Laravel 5+.
PHP 7 was official yet but Homestead added support.
Laravel Elixir 3.3 was released and included support for Browsersync
Laravel News featured a tutorial on Model Factories
A tutorial on how to add tagging to your Laravel app
A tutorial to help you setup bootstrap with Laravel Elixir
I started a new podcast here on Laravel News
A list of some new features to the next version of Laravel
Support for the MySQL JSON column type.
Get ready for Laracon 2016 and mark your calendars.
Taylor gave a keynote at php[world] and they recorded the talk.
PHP 7 was released to the world.
Zend made a video announcing PHP 7 with elePHPants.
Mike Bronner created a new app to keep up with Laravel changes
Phan An created a new music streaming app built with Laravel.
The much anticapted Laravel 5.2 was released and includes multiple authentication driver support, implicit model binding, simplified Eloquent global scopes, opt-in authentication scaffolding, middleware groups, rate limiting middleware, array validation improvements, and more.