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Cloudways interview with Laravel software developer Martin Joo
Software engineer and content creator Martin Joo has spent much of his journey tinkering around with PHP, Laravel and APIs. A staunch believer in domain-driven design and test-driven development, Martin’s books about Laravel have made him an influential name in the community. His writings include titles such as Microservices with Laravel, Laravel Eloquent Recipes, and Proper API Design with Laravel.
We’re delighted to have the chance to pick Martin’s brains today, as he talks us through his professional career, shares insights about his books and writing process, and explains why he’s never going back to conventional shared hosting after trying out managed cloud hosting.
Shahzeb: Hi Martin, it’s lovely to have you for this interview. Could you please tell our readers about yourself? Any insights you’d like to share about your professional career?
Martin: Hi! It’s nice to be here! So I’ve been a developer since 2012, when I was 19 years old. Since then, I’ve mainly worked on larger B2B applications. Right now, I’m working for a startup in Hungary. We’re developing an HR, PR, and kind of a social engagement application for big corporations. Communicating correctly with tens of thousands of employees is a real challenge for these companies, so we’re trying to solve that issue. And you know, we’re facing the everyday challenges of a larger, complex project with many features.
Shahzeb: Can you share your journey with Laravel? Any relatable experience from your career you find interesting and would like to share with our audience?
Martin: I’ve been using Laravel since around 2015, and it was love at first sight. I had previous experience with Java and C#, so I immediately loved the framework’s simplicity.
I think my most valuable experience was when I was trying to figure out how to develop maintainable, larger projects but keep the simplicity that comes with…
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