Sources of InformationFirst, if you want to experience it all yourself, here are the main links I've found:
- Twitter: hashtag #Laracon
- Laravel-news live-blog: Day 1, Day 2 and Keynote from Taylor Otwell
- Laracon 2015 - Keynote (Laravel Spark) [VIDEO]
- Laracon 2015 Conference Notes by Arianna
- Laracon 2015 in Photos
- Eventifier: List of Attendees
- PHP RoundTable Podcast: A 2015 Laracon US Special
- Slides: Leveraging Laravel: Launching Side Projects Quickly With Laravel by Matt Stauffer
Laracon is not (only) about LaravelWhile following live Twitter feed during the event, I noticed that a lot of topics are about general development or event project management, and not about Laravel. A little weird, but the talks were really good!
- Matt Stauffer, speaking about "Leveraging Laravel", was touching the Lean philosophy and related topics: "Perfect is the enemy of launched. It doesn't have to be perfect, just launch it!"
- Eryn O'Neill was talking about making mistakes and how to make it "better": "If you're not making mistakes you’re not getting better. If you're making the same mistakes you're also not getting better"
- Jeffrey Way's topic was about simplicity: "So, if there is some secret sauce for success, I have to believe the key ingredient is simplicity."
- Brian Webb discussed company culture and leadership: "A lot of leadership is not about teaching someone *how* to do something, but *why* to do it. People need purpose."
Laravel Spark - SaaS out-of-the-boxLately Taylor's keynotes at Laracon conferences work almost like Apple presentations by legendary Steve Jobs - people are awaiting of what Taylor will launch this time. And since he usually teases something on Twitter - it adds even more excitement. But the main thing is that he always delivers - whether it's Forge, Lumen, Envoyer or something else related to Laravel, it's always something cool. So this time he announced Laravel Spark - a framework on top of Laravel framework. Basically, it's a pre-built SaaS app with basic functionality for you to start coding your actual project - leaving common functionality like accounts, payments, subscriptions - to Spark. Here's an excerpt from the Spark announcement: It will be officially launched next month, with some more new features before Laracon EU. Isn't it exciting? Some people are more than ready for it:
@taylorotwell where can I download / buy / sell my soul to get Laravel Spark?— Duilio Palacios (@Sileence) August 12, 2015