This summer marks the third anniversary of Laravel’s release. It has grown very quickly, and I think its future is very bright. In many ways I feel like “the best is yet to come”!
However, as Laravel has grown, it has become more difficult to maintain. With the launch of other “products” such as Forge, Cashier, Envoy, and Homestead, the time commitment required to maintain Laravel has grown substantially. Because of this, most of my time spent on Laravel has simply been managing issues and pull requests on the main Laravel repository. However, a key part of my vision for Laravel is to continue innovating and making it more enjoyable than ever to write robust, powerful, and maintainable applications.
As many of you know, I have spent the last several years working full-time at UserScape, primarily working on building Snappy. For about the past year, UserScape has also graciously allowed me to devote Fridays to Laravel, which has allowed me time to catch up on Github issues and pull requests.
However, I will now be moving to a part-time role at UserScape, and will divide my time evenly between UserScape and Laravel.
This transition means that I will spend every other week fully focused on Laravel, drastically increasing the amount of time I am able to devote to the framework and the surrounding ecosystem. With this change, I will be able to devote more time to Laravel than I ever have in the past, which is incredibly exciting!
In closing, I’m very thankful to Ian Landsman and the UserScape family for their investment in Laravel thus far (both financially and as a friend), and am thankful for this opportunity to continue working on two products I deeply care about!