A Brief Explanation of Laracon US
Laracon is the ultimate gathering for all Laravel developers and techno enthusiasts alike. This two-day conference is a Laravel expert event, designed for individuals who are eager to expand their knowledge of Laravel and related technologies.
From groundbreaking talks by industry leaders to networking opportunities, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.
Organized by Taylor Otwell, the brilliant mind behind Laravel, this Laravel expert’s event guarantees an unrivaled experience. The first event took place in the vibrant city of New York, and to the cultural hubs of London and Amsterdam, Laracon has brought together the best and brightest from across the globe.
The Laracon India was held in Ahmedabad in 2023 which was hosted by our CTO, Vishal Rajpurohit, and it had over 1200 attendees.
Explore the Spectacular Laracon US Glimpses
The most recent Laracon US took place in Nashville on July 19th and 20th, 2023. While Nashville is commonly known as the country music capital of the world, it is also making a name for itself as a thriving tech hub. The city’s vibrant metropolitan atmosphere adds a unique flair to the technology industry.
At the event, all the attendees participated in unique competitions which included collecting stamps from different sponsor’s booths.
To win the competition, winners had to submit a passport with at least 6 stamps. At the end of the 2nd day, the lucky draw announced the winners and the prizes won by them were MacBook Air 2, Apple Airbuds, Oculus, Laravel Elephants and much more.
The “Laracon After Dark” event, held the day after the dark party, was an absolute blast. Starting at 7:30 pm. Attendees were treated to delicious food, refreshing drinks, and lively music by Brassfield.
Laracon US 2023 After event drew in over 400 people, creating an electrifying atmosphere filled with like-minded individuals. Conversations flowed, connections were made, and new friendships blossomed, making it a night of celebration and camaraderie. But the excitement didn’t end there.
On the second day after the party, attendees were treated to another thrilling event – Drinks and networking. The talented Nick Alligood & The Blackout serenaded the crowd, setting the stage for an evening of mingling and getting to know fellow conference-goers.
Laracon US experts provided talks on different subjects to share their expertise.
Speakers and Talk Subjects
Laracon US Speakers are as follows, who shared their expertise on July 19th and 20th.
Twitter ID – @enunomaduro
Pest- 2 Summer of Spice – Exploring the latest features of Pest testing framework.
First up was Nuno on stage announcing Pest’s “Spicy Summer” release. Nuno Maduro captivated the audience by exploring the latest features of the Pest testing framework. As the creator of Pest, Nuno unveiled the exciting additions that came with the framework’s “Spicy Summer” release.
Notably, he highlighted the expectation of globals not being called and the usefulness of architectural tests. Nuno’s talk left the attendees inspired and informed about the advancements in the Pest testing framework.
Twitter ID – @zuzana_kunckova
“The Curse of Knowledge” – Discussing the challenges of sharing knowledge effectively.
Zuzana Kunckove delivered an insightful talk at Laracon US 2023, focusing on “The Curse of Knowledge” and the challenges it presents in effectively sharing knowledge. She highlighted the difficulties individuals face when trying to communicate information to others who may not possess the same level of expertise or understanding.
With her expertise and engaging presentation style, Kunckove shed light on this common obstacle and provided valuable insights on how to overcome it. Attendees left the session with a deeper understanding of the importance of clear and accessible knowledge sharing in fostering effective communication within the tech community.
Twitter – @jclermont
“Getting Unstuck” – Offering strategies to overcome development roadblocks.
Joel Clermont: “Getting Unstuck” – Joel Clermont’s talk offered valuable strategies to overcome development roadblocks. Titled “How to Get Unstuck,” Joel’s presentation provided problem-solving techniques that resonated with the audience. By emphasizing the importance of simplifying problems and eliminating layers of abstraction, Joel equipped developers with the tools needed to navigate through obstacles.
He even introduced the concept of “rubber ducking,” a technique in which developers explain their code to an inanimate object to gain clarity and solve problems. Joel’s talk left attendees feeling empowered to tackle any development challenge that comes their way.
Twitter ID – @stauffermatt
“Enterprise Level” – Exploring the power of Laravel for enterprise-level projects.
In his talk, Matt Stauffer emphasized the importance of sticking to conventions when developing enterprise software. He highlighted the need to not only test your code but also ensure that it seamlessly integrates with other systems it interacts with.
Additionally, he shed light on the real work involved in managing technical debt, a crucial aspect for successful enterprise-level projects.
Twitter ID – @r00k
“Predictable Mistakes of Developer-turned-Founder” – Sharing lessons from his journey as a developer-turned-founder.
In his talk titled “Predictable Mistakes of Developer-turned-Founder,” Ben Orenstein shares valuable lessons from his personal journey as a developer-turned-founder. Drawing from his own experiences, Orenstein highlights common pitfalls that developers often encounter when transitioning into the role of a founder.
Through his insightful and relatable anecdotes, he provides practical advice on how to navigate these challenges and avoid making predictable mistakes. Whether you are considering or have already made the leap from developer to founder, Orenstein’s talk offers valuable insights to help you succeed in your entrepreneurial endeavors.
Twitter ID – @gonedark
“Testing with Fakes” – Discussing the use of fakes in Laravel testing.
Jason McCreary’s talk revolved around the effective use of fakes in Laravel testing. He delved into techniques to prevent stray requests and demonstrated how utilizing static method calls with mock() and Facades\ can enable efficient mocking and verification in PHP development.
Twitter ID – @jessarchercodes
“Unveiling Laravel Prompts” – Introducing the new Laravel prompt feature.
In her talk, Jess Archer introduces the exciting new Laravel Future prompt feature. This powerful CLI prompt allows Laravel users to perform a wide range of actions, from selecting options to creating checklists, all while enjoying a beautifully designed output.
With this new feature, developers can enhance their workflow and make their Laravel experience even more efficient and enjoyable.
Twitter – @taylorotwell
“State of Laravel Address” – Taylor’s annual update on the state of Laravel.
In his annual update on the state of Laravel, Taylor Otwell brings some exciting announcements to the table. He introduces two cool additions to the Laravel ecosystem – Laravel Folio and Laravel Volt. These innovative tools are aimed at further enhancing the Laravel development experience and empowering developers to create outstanding applications. But that’s not all! Taylor also shares news about a brand-new product, developed by Beyond code.
Introducing Laravel Herd, a native macOS application that bundles everything you need to run Laravel seamlessly. With this convenient tool, developers can streamline their Laravel projects and focus on building amazing applications without worrying about the setup process.
On July 20, Laracon US 2023 continued with an exciting lineup of additional speakers and talks that left attendees inspired and informed. Let’s highlight some of the standout sessions that took place on this day.
Twitter ID – @calebporzio
“Livewire 3” – Unveiling the latest version of the Livewire library.
Caleb Porzio, known for his contributions to the Livewire library, took the stage to unveil “Livewire 3,” the latest version of this powerful tool. During his presentation, Caleb announced the launch of Livewire v3, showcasing a range of new features that had the crowd buzzing with excitement.
Among these exciting additions, Caleb introduced network requests bundled together, enabling developers to streamline their code even further. He also highlighted the use of PHP attributes, such as #[Locked], which allows for attribute customization and flexibility. Additionally, Caleb discussed live reloading and time travel, among many other exciting features that Livewire 3 brings to the table.
Freek Van der Herten
Twitter ID – @freekmurze
“Enjoying Laravel Data” – Tips for leveraging Laravel’s data capabilities.
Freek Van der Herten, a well-known figure in the Laravel community took the stage to share his expertise on “Enjoying Laravel Data.”By utilizing these objects, developers gain the advantage of typing, ensuring greater code accuracy and efficiency. Freek also introduced the concept of rule validation using PHP attributes like #[Rule], allowing developers to enforce specific validation rules, such as #[Email].
Another exciting tool Freek highlighted was the artisan typescript:transform command, which scans your application for data objects and automatically generates TypeScript definitions, making frontend development a breeze. Freek also discussed the usage of #[DataCollectionOf(SomeOtherDataClass::class)] for nested data objects, showcasing how Laravel’s data capabilities can be harnessed to their full potential.
Twitter ID – @jacobbennett
“State Machines” – Exploring state machines in Laravel applications.
In his talk, Jake Bennett delved into the world of state machines in Laravel applications. He shared his insights on how to effectively explore and utilize state machines, enabling smooth transitions within Laravel applications.
The key takeaway from his talk was the importance of creating a base state class with transition methods and separate classes for each state. This approach allows for efficient handling of transitions through the use of a state() method.
Twitter ID – @DianaWebdev
“Inertia.js” – Introducing the Inertia.js framework for seamless front-end development.
In this talk, Diana Scharf introduces Inertia.js, a cutting-edge framework for building server-driven web applications. Inertia.js offers a fresh perspective on web development, presenting a modern monolithic approach to building classic web apps.
Diana discusses the key features and advantages of using Inertia.js, highlighting its ability to seamlessly integrate with existing server-side frameworks. Join this session to gain insights into how Inertia.js can revolutionize your web development workflow and enhance the user experience of your applications.
Twitter ID – @valorin
“Th1nk Lik3 a H4cker” – Learning to think like a hacker for better security practices.
In his talk, speaker Stephen Rees-Carter delved into the mindset of hackers and shared valuable insights on how to identify vulnerabilities and effectively exploit them. By adopting a hacker’s perspective, attendees learned how to better protect their applications from potential threats.
Stephen’s talk provided practical strategies and techniques to help individuals stay one step ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity.
Twitter ID – @marcelpociot
“Unveiling NativePHP” – Showcasing the power of NativePHP in Laravel applications.
Marcel Pociot mesmerized the audience with his talk on “Unveiling NativePHP.” He showcased the power and potential of integrating NativePHP into Laravel applications. Marcel demonstrated how developers can harness the capabilities of NativePHP to build native Mac OS applications using PHP.
This exciting development opens new doors for developers, enabling them to explore new possibilities and expand the horizons of Laravel applications.
Twitter ID – @timacdonald87
“Laravel Precognition” – Using Laravel’s predictive analytics capabilities
Tim MacDonald’s talk focused on Laravel’s predictive analytics capabilities. He provided valuable insights on how developers can leverage Laravel’s predictive analytics to enhance their applications.
Specifically, Tim highlighted best practices for timely, consistent, and user-friendly validation using Laravel Validation. Attendees gained a deeper understanding of how to implement actionable messaging and error analysis within their Laravel projects, ultimately improving the overall user experience.
Twitter ID – @aarondfrancis
“Publishing Your Work” – Strategies for effectively sharing your work as a developer.
Aaron Francis explored strategies for effectively sharing your work as a developer. He emphasized the importance of publishing your work and highlighted how it can significantly increase your luck. By putting your projects and ideas out into the world, you open yourself up to new opportunities, collaborations, and connections.
He discussed various platforms and channels available for developers to showcase their work, such as personal blogs, open-source contributions, social media, and technical publications.
ViitorCloud Team as Community Sponsor
ViitorCloud has actively participated in Laravel Meetups since 2017, establishing strong connections within the community. We are proud to have been a Community Sponsor at Laracon US 2019 and Laracon US 2023, as well as a Gold Sponsor at Laracon India 2023.
Additionally, we have attended notable events like Laracon EU 2017 and Laravel Live Indian in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Our talented lead developers have also shared their expertise as speakers at city-level meetups, further contributing to the growth of the community.
Furthermore, we have extended our support to the Laravel community beyond physical events. We have hosted Laracon Online viewing parties in 2019 and 2020, demonstrating our dedication to engaging with the community on both offline and online platforms. Additionally, we proudly sponsored Laracon Online in 2020, solidifying our commitment to the Laravel community.
Laracon India 2024 Announced
Announcing Laracon India 2024!
The Laracon India event announcement happened during the presentation of Vishal Rajpurohit at Laracon US.
Save the dates – 23rd and 24th of March 2024 – for an unforgettable experience in The Mewar Banquet, Udaipur, known as one of the largest banquets in Rajasthan rich history, vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and magnificent Rajput-era palaces.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of Laracon India 2024, the ultimate gathering of industry experts. Stay tuned for more updates!
From groundbreaking talks by industry leaders to engaging workshops and networking opportunities, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.