Books from Laracon 2018


August 20th, 2018

Books from Laracon 2018

We love books here at Laravel News! The Laracon US 2018 all-star lineup of speakers delivered stellar talks, and many of them have written best-selling books! We thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of books authored by Laracon speakers as well as other books mentioned during their talks.

Laravel Up and Running


Matt Stauffer is the author of Laravel: Up and Running: A Framework for Building Modern PHP Apps. Currently, the book is on the verge of a second edition updated for Laravel 5.6, but the first edition is still relevant to developing Laravel applications.

Matt presented his talk “Patterns that Pay Off” on the second day of Laracon, and was generous enough to provide signed copies of his book that were raffled off during the conference.

Clean Architecture


Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) delivered the final talk on the second day of the conference, and a few copies of Clean Architecture: A Craftsman’s Guide to Software Structure and Design were signed and raffled during the conference.

Martin is well-known for his classic Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship: Robert C. Martin among other books and videos.

The Daily Stoic


One of my favorite talks was given by Ryan Holiday, the author of Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts. He signed a few copies of his book The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.



Adam Wathan and Justin Jackson interviewed Jason Fried, co-author (with David Heinemeier Hansson) of Rework.

Rework is a business book with practical advice and strategies:

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.

Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses.



Another excellent “soft talk” was given by Jocelyn K. Glei, podcaster and author of Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done.

Unsubscribe is a book described as “A modern, no-nonsense guide to getting rid of email anxiety, reclaiming your productivity, and spending more time on the work that matters.”

Refactoring to Collections


Adam Wathan is the author of a popular book in the Laravel and PHP communities Refactoring to Collections – Never write another loop again.. The collections book is a combination of a book and videos about using collections in PHP. Adam is well-known in the Laravel community for his Test Driven Laravel video course and more recently Tailwind CSS.



Ryan Holiday mentioned Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki during his talk.

I am sure that the Laracon speakers mentioned other books in their talks, so sound off on Twitter if I’m missing any!

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Paul Redmond

Full stack web developer. Author of Lumen Programming Guide and Docker for PHP Developers.