Lumen : The Powerful Micro-framework by Laravel

Before now, we have seen micro-frameworks in Php such as Silex, Slim and Flight dominate the scene. They are very good micro-frameworks. I have seen Silex and Flight in use and personally used Slim.

Laravel, as we all know is the hottest web application framework in the Php World currently because of the wonderful features it provides out of the box, it’s elegant and expressive, well written and also have a vibrant community around it.

Taylor Otwell ( Creator of Laravel ) recently released Lumen: A fast powerful microframework. I call it the Lean and stripped down version of Laravel. It’s particularly very good for creating micro-services and building APIs.

As such, frontend tools  like Bootstrap and Elixir and the authentication bootstrap and sessions don’t come enabled out of the box, and there’s less flexibility for extending and changing the bootstrap files.

Lumen is built for Speed , so one can have several small Lumen apps support one major Laravel Application. In fact, it has been tested against Silex and Slim and it’s significantly faster.

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This is basically just an introduction to Lumen, if you want to know more about it, you could head over to the documentation here.

I will be walking you all through creating a micro service with Lumen in the next post.



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