Friday, April 23, 2021
The new online edition of our Laravel Meetup brings together Laravelians from all over the German-speaking world to help each other and discuss current Laravel topics. In-depth technical input is provided by the Laravel experts from byte5.
We made a new start: On April 15, our 12th Laravel Meetup Germany took place – remote. Although remote calls and meetings have been part of byte5's daily work for a long time, we have now entered previously unknown territory with the new online event series. Old friends as well as some new faces were present, which we were very happy about.
Our speakers and Laravel experts Marcel, Jure and Janosch gave the participants an insight into the latest Laravel developments since version 8: Serverless deployment with Vapor as well as state-of-the-art UIs with Livewire and Inertia.js.
Example Vapor - © Laravel
Marcel started with an introduction to Laravel Vapor, an automatically scaling serverless deployment platform available since 2019 and powered by AWS (Lambda). Vapor can be used to manage Laravel applications on AWS as well as their interfaces with databases (RDS/serverless), Redis clusters, and more. Some participants described their experience with Vapor and asked interesting questions, which Marcel explained among others using an application example.
In the second part of the Meetup, Jure and Janosch took over. They focused on Inertia and Livewire, two intuitive frontend components of Laravel that are used in the Jetstream application starter kit. The two frontend stacks offer templates for implementing interactive elements and many other components out-of-the-box. Livewire is responsible for the modern, reactive blade components, while Inertia is responsible for coupling the Laravel backend with Vue components.
Livewire is a full-stack framework for Laravel that simplifies the creation of modern, dynamic interfaces without leaving the comfort of Laravel. In the first step, it renders the component outputs with the page, similar to Laravel Blade. It then executes an AJAX request to the server with updated data. The server, in turn, re-renders the components and responds with a new HTML. Finally, the framework modifies the Document Object Model (DOM) according to the changes.
Livewire Blade Component - © Livewire
Livewire Class - © Livewire
Opening the Livewire Component in Welcome View - © Livewire
In practical use, Livewire offers various advantages and disadvantages, which our experts briefly compared:
Like Livewire, Inertia offers users several advantages and disadvantages:
Deploying Vue and Laravel applications in the same domain has often led to undesirable behavior. So maintaining one router instead of two is a big step forward. Now we can develop simple Vue applications much faster than we could before Inertia.Jure Knezovic, Junior Developer
Which approach should be used for which project, then, depends on the nature of the application and the developer's experience with the underlying technology stack. Neither Livewire nor Inertia is the perfect solution for all use cases. Nevertheless, both technologies offer their users many useful features and do one thing above all: save them a lot of time.
We would like to thank all participants for the exciting insights and lively discussions. We are already looking forward to the next session on May 6 and to some special guests like Taylor Otwell!