In this post Maksim Surguy releases chapter 6 in his new book, Laravel: my first framework. This post is about database operations and is a great primer.
In this chapter you will learn how to set up Laravel to work with one of the many database engines that it supports. You will be then introduced to Laravel’s Query Builder that makes creating and managing data in the database a breeze. After that you will get an introduction to Laravel’s powerful Object Relational Mapping (ORM) called Eloquent and see how it could help manage related data. Then you will learn how you can use Laravel’s query chaining and Query Builder operators to filter, sort, group and combine retrieved data for further operations.