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PHP frameworks

Will it hurt me to learn PHP inside of a framework like Laravel?

2 Answers

Hi Matthew,

I can't see how it would hurt you to learn Laravel. Personally I would advise that you have a good grounding in standard PHP first, (some professionals recommend programming with PHP for a year before moving onto a framework). You need to be solidly grounded in object orientated PHP before moving onto a PHP framework.

If you are comfortable with PHP and it's something you want to do, then go for it :).

Randy Hoyt
Randy Hoyt
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Hey Matthew,

We had a similar discussion here on the forums a few weeks ago. I wouldn't recommend learning PHP inside a framework: I would get a good handle on the basics of server-side programming first. Here's a link to my response over there, with a series of questions you can ask yourself:

If the answer to most of these questions are obvious/easy for you to answer, then I'd recommend getting started with a framework.

(I've covered a couple of these questions already in the Build a Simple Application with PHP project. I'm developing the second project now, and I'll cover a few more. By the end of the third project, I'll have covered all of them. I can't wait to get all this content created and out there!)