After being away a decade from web dev.. can anyone explain some things?

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  • Puts Debuggerer

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    You mostly answered your own question. Ultimately, Git is most important for keeping track of your work, stable and development versions, testing, etc. FTP is still perfectly valid, but if you have a git repo on or something... it's often easier/faster to just git clone/pull in a terminal rather than upload an entire project over ftp.


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  • Laravel

    Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We’ve already laid the foundation for your next big idea — freeing you to create without sweating the small things.

    If you're still comfortable with PHP / HTML / CSS / JS, save yourself a shitload of time and just go use Laravel with a LAMP stack. You won't have to learn any fancy new JS framework, and can lean on your old experience. PHP is still one of the best ways to make a website, and Laravel is supposedly fantastic. I'm looking at it for my next project.

  • Bootstrap

    The most popular HTML, CSS, and JavaScript framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.

    Laravel + Bootstrap and you'll have a modern website with a very minimal learning curve.

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