I've been playing with Laravel for some time now. For those not in the know, it's a PHP framework that is one of the next up and comers in the industry. I love it. I loved CodeIgniter when I found it and I still enjoy it. Both are simple, easy to use and great documentation.
Everything else I've pretty much tried and left cause I just didn't want to use the command line to HAVE to set this up. But with a little bit more command line stuff under my belt it's not nearly as daunting as it once was. And I don't have to use the command line tool if I don't want to so yay! But Artisan is pretty awesome for a command line tool.
I've decided that the best way to learn Laravel is to take my current company Intranet and turn it from CodeIgniter into Laravel. This is a HUGE undertaking, and the first challenge is one that can potentially keep this undertaking from ever going live. That is the fact that Laravel uses PDO and PDO on a *NIX server does not play nice with having to access a MSSQL database. (If anyone knows of any way to make this work on a FreeBSD server I'm all ears! I'd love to be able to use it on our current web server).
But I have gotten PDO with SQLSRV on my local machine here at work to play nice. And the ability to switch between multiple database is fundamental to what I have to do.
Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to rename models as currently in Codeigniter I have model files that have the same name in two different folders inside of my models folder. I believe namespacing will be key in this. I just have to figure out how to do that in my own files.