Laravel Developers: how to find really good ones!

Laravel, released in 2017, has become one of the best open source PHP applications because it can easily handle complex APIs to simple web apps, comes with an excellent set of libraries and frameworks to help build incredible websites among a lot of other features. Having a good Laravel team on your project with knowledge of well-structured and beautiful code would take you above competition several notches higher. 

Reasons why you should choose Laravel as your PHP framework

PHP offers a number of frameworks that help you build efficient and amazing applications. Laravel, Symfony, Zend, Symfony, CakePHP are among some of them. Laravel is versatile, and comes with several interesting features that would hasten the development process and creates great websites with commendable performance and scalability. Laravel has an amazing ecosystem, advanced tools and packages that you can use as per your requirements. Here are some excellent Laravel tools that you cannot do without:

  • Laravel passport – a native server to help build applications
  • Laravel Echo – a very useful JS library
  • Laravel Scout – helps you add models to your applications 
  • Laravel Cashier – an interface for billing services

1. Laravel’s authorisation technique is pretty fierce

Building a website using Laravel would ensure that no unauthorised actions will ever take place. This feature of Laravel ensures that only the one that’s been guaranteed access will gain entry.  The Authentication and Authorisation technique ensures that a person claiming a particular identity is most certainly that person. 

2. Laravel has object-oriented libraries

Laravel’s object oriented libraries and pre-installed libraries helps developers and enables them to code at a much faster pace when compared to other frameworks. 

3. Security is just amazing

Data privacy is something every company strives to achieve for their applications. With Laravel, this aim is fulfilled because there is no cross-site request, and this aids in improved security. The passwords are secured using Bcrypt and Argon2 hashtags, and they will never be saved as just plain text. Laravel also has a robust, built-in authentication system, making it easy for the developer.  

4. Use of Artisan commands 

Artisan, the common-line interface for Laravel, is a very important feature of Laravel as it can help automate several tasks. These command lines can be used within the application itself, and developers can also  create their own Artisan commands. 

5. Makes Test-Driven Development easy

It is easy to write unit tests for PHP applications as Laravel supports PHPUnit out of the box.

6.Easy to integrate 

Laravel is easy to integrate with other software even if they are written in other frameworks or languages. Laravel has Passport, a library to provide full OAuth2 authentication. 

7.Integrate social media into Laravel

Socialite is a library that helps you utilise existing methods to authenticate your social media users easily with other services. So the users do not have to type multiple usernames and create different accounts, but can easily maintain one single sign-on service. 

Laravel is certainly the most obvious choice among many companies, including startups especially in the e-commerce sector because of its hassle-free integration of payment gateways. When you hire a Laravel developer, you get someone who is both a coder and a manager, because he can do it with a more practical, effective and grounded approach than other developers.

How do you find really good Laravel developers?

The above mentioned points are just a few of the benefits of Laravel. Laravel abstracts complex functionalities and provides easy to implement functions and methods.

However, there are thousands of Laravel developers in the developer community. 

A Laravel developer would help you create dynamic websites and highly responsive web applications. You need to hire a developer who is specifically skilled at the Laravel framework, of course, but that is not all. There are other skills too.

1. Web development skills

The Laravel developer must have skill at CSS, HTML, Javascript and other fundamental web technologies. They must also be experts in managing MVC, APIs, RESTful or SOAP, OOP, etc. They must also be adept at managing frameworks like Scrum, Waterfall and Agile. Knowledge of cloud servers and server administration tools is also a great advantage.

2. Knowledge of OOP and MVC

A Laravel developer must understand objects, traits, methods, classes etc since all the techniques are object oriented. Since the framework is in object oriented mode, that’s an important skill to have.

3.Database Management skills

The programmer should be an expert in database management. It means the person should be able to organise all the data from the company’s website and provide for easy sharing across the organisation. Having an organised database will make it easier to understand the functioning of your company in a much better way, and provide insights into how this can be improved. Oracle 12c, Microsoft SQL, MySQL are just some of the commonly used database management systems. 

Apart from that, it goes without saying that…

  • The developer should have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, because only a person with these skills would be able to translate the company’s dreams. 
  • The developer should have excellent leadership skills because he might be leading a team of developers at any time, and awareness, agility, empathy, courage, respect are just a few of the demanded qualities. 
  • The developer should be as creative as possible, to provide creative solutions.
  • Should be able to work in a team, and be a good team player, by listening and providing insights whenever possible. 

Now, where to find really good Laravel developers

Online Job sites

There are online job sites like Clutch, Upwork, PeopleperHour, GitHub Jobs, Simply Hired, Glassdoor etc where you can search and find highly skilled and talented developers. These websites have their own whetting processes, but you will have to whet on your own to see if they would suit your requirements. If you are on a budget, you can easily find Laravel developers at reasonable rates.

Forums

There are several communities where the developers hang out. You can participate in the forums to know the developers who keep track of the latest trends and techniques, and the extent of their knowledge.

Social Media channels

This is a great platform to tap for would-be developers for your team. Many developers can be found online, though the good ones will be too busy to chat unless it’s about business. However, they would check their social media messages often, and you can even check their career portfolio (LinkedIn), check their endorsements and client recommendations. 

When to choose Laravel over others

The points that we mentioned above are obvious reasons why you choose Laravel. The framework has an incredibly helpful community support team, so if the developer is stuck anywhere, they would find it easier to get over the glitch. Since Laravel is based on the MVC architecture, it improves clarity and performance of the applications. The framework is indeed very promising and would definitely help grow your business online. 

Conclusion

Consider the above mentioned points and you will be able to add excellent Laravel developers onto your team. Peruse their portfolios, study their skills and interview them to know whether they would be suitable for your project.

Interesting Links:

Laravel – The PHP Framework for Web Artisans

More information about Laravel

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The author: Sascha Thattil works at Software-Developer-India.com which is a part of the YUHIRO Group. YUHIRO is a German-Indian enterprise which provides programmers to IT companies, agencies and IT departments.

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