Taylor Otwell, creator of the Laravel Framework

March 11, 2022, 1 p.m. (8 months, 3 weeks ago)

[00:01:12] We start with Taylor explaining where Laravel came from.  

[00:03:32] Taylor tells us what Laravel 1.0 looks like and more about validations happening at the controller layer.

[00:07:18] After version 1 comes out, Jason asks Taylor if he’s still at the trucking company and what the reception was like in the community.

[00:11:16] We learn how the transition went for Taylor from working at UserScape and making Laravel his full-time job. 

[00:13:44] Taylor explains how he split his time between working on Forge and working on the framework itself.

[00:15:13] Jason asks how the whole Rails framework on Lambda came about and what some of the technical challenges were.

[00:17:02] We find out how Taylor makes code so appealing. 

[00:18:47] Jason brings up how there are a lot of first party packages in Laravel and asks Taylor if this blossomed over the years or if he realized he wanted all these things just baked into the framework.

[00:23:39] Chris likes how Forge came out Taylor building his own stuff, and Taylor explains how the Ruby and JavaScript communities have such a wider variety of talented programmers.


[00:26:09] We find out about what led Taylor into building Forge, Envoyer, Laravel Spark, Laravel Cashier, and Laravel Nova.

[00:28:21] Find out what Taylor’s favorite Laravel package is.

[00:30:11] Taylor gives us examples of how Rails has influenced Laravel. 

[00:32:04] Chris wonders is Taylor was familiar with a lot of stuff when he started Laravel or if there’s was a lot of learning along the way.

[00:36:45] Jason asks Taylor about Laravel Mix, a wrapper around Webpack, and he explains how front-end development in the Laravel world and Rails world is in a period of exploration.

[00:42:57] Find out about the Laravel Documentary that just came out! 

[00:45:01] What’s next for Laravel?

[00:47:43] If you want to try Laravel, find out the easiest way to get started, and Taylor tells us how starting his own business has been and the challenges.

[00:53:45] Find out where you can follow Taylor online.


Jason Charnes

Chris Oliver

Andrew Mason


Taylor Otwell


Hook Relay


Ruby Radar Newsletter

Ruby Radar Twitter

Taylor Otwell Twitter

Taylor Otwell LinkedIn

Taylor Otwell GitHub




Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson and Matthew Linderman

Laravel Mix

Vue.js Documentary (YouTube)

Laravel Sail

Laravel Origins: The Documentary (OfferZen)

Login to Add New Comment
No comments have been posted yet, be the first one to comment.
Similar Podcasts
Leveraging Laravel for Truly Custom Projects Leveraging Laravel for Truly Custom Projects
In this episode, we talk to Phil Zaengle from Zaengle Corp about leveraging the PHP framework Laravel to build truly custom web applications. We discuss when a CMS like Craft makes sense, and when it makes sense to utilize Laravel in addition to or instead of a CMS. We go on to discuss the importan...
Should Craft CMS use Yii3 or Laravel? Should Craft CMS use Yii3 or Laravel?
On this episode we have a round table discussion with a cadre of Craft CMS developers to discuss whether a future version of Craft CMS should use Yii3 or Laravel. We talk about the relative merits of both staying the course with Yii3 and joining the legions in Laravel-land… with a wildcard thrown i...
Craft CMS Plugin Developer Roundtable #2 Craft CMS Plugin Developer Roundtable #2
In this roundtable discussion, we once again bring together members of the Craft CMS plugin developers cabal to talk about the state of plugin development 2 ½ years after the Craft CMS plugin store went live. We talk about a wide range of issues from development challenges to marketing, and how sup...
What even is PHP? What even is PHP?
On this episode hosted by Jennifer Blumberg with guest Matthias Noback, we continue the “What is even…?” series by delving into exactly what even is PHP? We talk about PHP’s origins, how PHP works from request to php-fpm worker processes to lexer to bytecode to JIT, the whole shebang! We also disc...
We're Back! Southeast Ruby, Rails 5.2.1, Hanami 1.3.beta1, NodeJS, and Laravel We're Back! Southeast Ruby, Rails 5.2.1, Hanami 1.3.beta1, NodeJS, and Laravel
Southeast Ruby Southeast Solidus Rails 5.2.1 Hanami 1.3.0.beta1 NodeJS Laravel Laravel Nova ...