- Paperback: 279 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (16 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1515040003
- ISBN-13: 978-1515040002
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.7 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,23,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Laravel 5.1 Beauty: Creating Beautiful Web Apps in Laravel 5.1 Paperback – Import, 16 Jul 2015
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Chuck Heintzelman spends his days architecting software systems for businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Mom and Pop stores. He believes in simple and elegant software which hides internal complexities from the user. Chuck spends his nights plotting crimes. Not to commit personally, but for characters in his stories to solve. Even with dozens of stories published he still gets excited and stays up too late at night creating new tales. He believes writing is like software development: a process of creation, fusing art and craft. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his beautiful wife and three children.
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The production quality was my first clue: printing so bad that you can't read the page numbers. No index. At all. No use of typography to make critical distinctions like when you're supposed to be on the host machine vs. the homestead vm (this is distinguished by "%" vs. "$" in the prompt -- way too subtle for how important it is, and how frequently the examples bounce back and forth). Cross-references just say "a later chapter" instead of a number, title, or page number; and sometimes (without notice), you *must* find and do the later chapter before you can go on. Code examples use curly quotes throughout, where straight codes are required; this perhaps tells you all you need to know about the publisher's proficiency (I imagine it's not the author's fault).
The content confirmed the initial impression. Although better than the laravel online doc, I could not get even the first completely trivial laravel app up and running, despite carefully following the step-by-step instructions (a Ph.D. and a few decades of software development experience notwithstanding). When you get to the point where it should be running (after discovering and working around some errors in the instructions along the way), it just tells you that if you don't see the page, “something didn’t work” -- no information on how to troubleshoot, how to check whether various pieces are working individually; not even a list of what pieces there *are*.
But imho, the biggest problem is conceptual: The book rarely explains *what* the pieces actually are, or how they relate. Often it will say that a piece is optional, but never say why you would or wouldn't use it. Other times it says something is mandatory, but not why, or what happens if you make a mistake, or how to recover (like, editing your code in homestead instead of the host, or running various utilities in the wrong environment,...).
I had high hopes starting out, since it was much easier to make some progress than it was with just the official documentation. But the problem with a "simple" walkthrough like this, is that it had better work, because if it doesn't you're stuck. The dearth of information about what's really going on, makes it nearly impossible to recover on your own. I also found nothing to help me use anything but the homestead/localhost training wheels -- like an existing database, a production server, Apache instead of nginx, etc; though if it had at least gotten me up and running *somehow*, I'd have counted it a success.
It is very readable (except for the atrocious print quality), but it may not get you off the ground, even a little.
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