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Laravel is a PHP-based web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax that aims to make the development process a pleasing one for the developer without sacrificing application functionality. It’s a server-side framework that handles the behind-the-scenes operations of web apps, such as routing, handling sessions, and communicating with databases. Laravel is designed with a focus on simplicity and readability, which means it allows developers to write fewer lines of code to achieve the same tasks as other frameworks. This simplicity makes it a favored choice for developers who want to build applications quickly without getting mired in technical minutiae.

Choosing Laravel over other frameworks might come down to its ecosystem and the tools it provides for tasks like authentication, queue management, and templating. Laravel has a rich set of features that help with common web project tasks, such as a user-friendly interface for sending emails and a robust system for managing user accounts and permissions. Additionally, Laravel includes a powerful tool called Eloquent, an object-relational mapper (ORM), which provides a simple ActiveRecord implementation for working with your database. Each database table has a corresponding “Model” which allows developers to interact with that table in an intuitive way. Because of these tools and its ease of use, Laravel is often chosen for projects where rapid development and clear, readable code are priorities.