Finding Documentation

Problem

You need help with a class or method.

You know that Laravel is constantly evolving and want to find the most recent source of helpful information about a specific class or method.

Solution

Visit Laravel Docs.

Your first stop should be the official web site, Laravel.com. This site contains the Official documentation for the latest version.

Another great source is the Laravel API site. Here you can browse through documentation generated from the code itself.

Discussion

Don't forget the packages Laravel uses.

The official Laravel sources for the documentation and API presented above are great starting points, but part of the power of Laravel is how it leverages other stable systems into it's framework using Composer.

Here's a list of some of the major components used by Laravel with links to the documentation.

  • Monolog - Laravel's Log facade is built on Monolog.
  • Carbon - Laravel uses Carbon, an excellent extension to PHP's DateTime class.
  • Swift Mailer - Laravel's Mail facade uses Swift Mailer to do the actual grunt work of composing and sending emails.
  • Symfony - Laravel provide many components built from Symfony components.
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