The popularity of the Laravel framework among developers
If you are interested in the technical reasons why using Laravel might be a smart idea, we can summarize them easily. First, Laravel’s core is very powerful in terms of performance and you can extend the platform with a variety of add-ons.
Laravel also integrates well with other third party libraries and frameworks such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), allowing you to build highly scalable applications. For long-term tasks, you can queue them up to run asynchronously in the background, further improving performance.
- Laravel is a framework that prides itself on elegant syntax
- It is possible to extend the basic functionality of Laravel with add-ons
- Built-in functions can be used to manage routing, user management, caching, and more
- It is possible to integrate Laravel with third party libraries and frameworks like AWS
- With Laravel, tasks can be performed asynchronously in the background to improve performance
What are Service Providers in Laravel?
For newbies and non-tech specialists, the concept of the service providers may appear to be hard to understand. That is why we will try to explain all the details and main peculiarities as simply as we can.
All in all, service providers are at the core of the bootstrapping process. So with service providers, you are able to get the basic services that are necessary for the correct work of your Laravel app. So, it becomes clear that service providers play the main role in configuring your app.
Some of you might not know what bootstrapping is. In Laravel, it is a kind of registration of route filters, bindings in the IoC container, event listeners, and routes themselves.
In order to find service providers in your app, you have to open your app file (e.g., app.php) in config directory. Here you will see the array called providers where all the service providers’ classes are listed and downloaded for your application.
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Usage of service providers
The main thing that service providers give is the correct work and bootstrapping of your app. Most of them possess a number of methods that make your job easier and faster. The main methods you will definitely find in most of the service providers are register and boot. Let’s look at them more closely.
This method is created for binding your classes in the service container. Remember, you can only bind classes, not routes or event listeners. In that case, you can accidentally turn to a service of a service provider that has not been downloaded.
Let us look at a simple service provider. All your methods have access to the $app property that allows access to a service container.
This service provider just identifies the register method to implement Riak/Connection in the service container.
In case, we need to register a view composer in a service provider, the boot method turns out to be handy here. Usually, this method is called when all service providers are registered except ours. That means that you will have access to other services which the framework has registered.
Also, you can identify the dependencies for the boot method of your service provider. The service container will automatically implement all the dependencies you dive into him.
Registration of service providers
All service providers are registered in the configuration directory (config) where the array providers is located. In this array, you will be able to add all the names of your service providers’ classes. In order to do that, you just need to register your service provider in that array, like in the example below.
When your service provider registers just bindings in the service container, you can postpone it to the moment until one of the bindings will be requested from the service container.
That allows for boosting proficiency because the file system won’t be interacted at each request.
Laravel will keep all services and their classes provided by deferred service providers. And in case, when you need one of the services, Laravel will download the necessary service provider.
If you want to create a deferred service provider, you need to use defer property and set its value to true. Also, you need to define the method provides. This method will return all service container’s bindings registered in your provider.
As you can see, Laravel is an amazing framework that provides a wide range of opportunities and functionality. Service providers are one of them. Having such s powerful tool at your disposal, you can create cool and fascinating products that definitely bring benefits to you, customers, and the world.
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