In one of the more frustrating experiences I have had with Windows, I recently spent over an hour or two trying to get Laravel Homestead on Windows to play nicely. And there’s still room for improvement, but here is what can be done.
Laravel’s upcoming version will be 5.0, there will no longer be a 4.3 release. The primary reason for this change is a change in directory structure. Here is a summary of new features and major changes.
Helper functions allow for shorter, sometimes cleaner, code. Here is the current list of Laravel helper functions added in Laravel 5, with one or two usage examples for each.