Summary: Laravel 8 is now released and includes many new features like Laravel Jetstream, a models directory, model factory classes, migration squashing, rate-limiting improvements, time testing helpers, dynamic blade components, and many more features.
Laravel will release a new major version every six months.
Laravel 8 New Feature list:
1. Laravel Jetstream
Laravel Jetstream improves upon the existing Laravel UI scaffolding found in previous versions. It provides a starting point for new projects, including login, registration, email verification, two-factor authentication, session management, API support via Laravel, and team management.
2. Models Directory
Laravel 8’s application skeleton includes an
app/Models directory. All generator commands assume models exist in
app/Models; however if this directory doesn’t exist, the framework will assume the application keeps models within the
3. Model Factory Classes
Eloquent model factories are now class-based starting in Laravel 8, with improved support for relationships between factories (i.e., a user has many posts). I think you’ll agree how awesome the new syntax is for generating records via the new and improved model factories:
4. Migration Squashing
If your application contains many migration files, you can now squash them into a single SQL file. This file will be executed first when running migrations, followed by any remaining migration files that are not part of the squashed schema file. Squashing existing migrations can decrease migration file bloat and possibly improve performance while running tests.
5. Improved Rate Limiting
Laravel 8 brings improvements to existing rate limiting functionality while supporting backward compatibility with the existing throttle middleware and offering far more flexibility. Laravel 8 has the concept of Rate Limiters that you can define via a facade:
6. Time Testing Helpers
Laravel users have enjoyed full control over time modification via the excellent Carbon PHP library. Laravel 8 brings this one step further by providing convenient test helpers for manipulating the time within tests
7. Dynamic Blade Components
Sometimes you need to render a blade component dynamically at runtime. Laravel 8 provides the
<x-dynamic-component/> to render the component.
Taylor also gave a walkthrough of some of these features at Laracon Online and, you can still purchase a ticket if you’d like to see that. Also, Laracasts: What’s New in Laravel 8 series can help you get up-to-speed with new features in this release.