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What is Lumen?

Laravel Lumen is a stunningly fast PHP micro-framework for building web applications with expressive, elegant syntax. We believe development must be an enjoyable, creative experience to be truly fulfilling. Lumen attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as routing, database abstraction, queueing, and caching.
Lumen is a tool in the Microframeworks (Backend) category of a tech stack.
Lumen is an open source tool with 7.2K GitHub stars and 949 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Lumen's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Lumen?

Companies
66 companies reportedly use Lumen in their tech stacks, including Digital Services, Evergreenteam stack, and RatePAY GmbH.

Developers
278 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Lumen.

Lumen Integrations

Pros of Lumen
33
API
25
Microframework
19
MVC
16
PHP
12
Open source
11
Eloquent
10
Restful & fast framework
7
Illuminate support
7
Composer
4
Brother of laravel and fast
4
Easy to learn
4
Fast
Decisions about Lumen

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Lumen in their tech stack.

Aimad Quouninich

Hello everyone,

I have a final-study project, and I'm responsible for making decisions for what frameworks to use (both front-end and back-end) and the software architecture to adapt.

The project is a web application for a concrete company. The main goal is to calculate what is called OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), meaning simply the efficiency of the machine. The calculation and display of OEE will be in real-time, meaning that this rate will be updated every two minutes, and it will appear in a graph. Also, we have the state of the machines to display whether the machines are working just fine or there is some problem.

This will be done using IoT, meaning that important data will be sent from the machine to the web application that I will create via the API (someone else will be responsible for this matter). Of course, the application will include employees, factories, as well as machines, ... etc.

The most important thing in the application is real-time performance monitoring of machines and the OEE.

A real example of what we want to do => https://evocon.com/

I choose to use Laravel because : - This type of applications could be implemented by Laravel - Me and my colleague have some knowledge and practice with this framework (choosing other technologies like Node.js means a huge learning curve) - Easy documentation and abandon tutorials

The only reason why I choose Vue.js because It goes well with Laravel (from what I have learned).

The second important question, which software architecture should I adapt ? should I use Microservice Architecture or the normal and well-known Monolithic Architecture? I know the benefits and disadvantages of the first and second methods, but I do not want to make a wrong decision.

If I choose microservice for this project, I will use Lumen (PHP Micro-Framework By Laravel).

Should I use micro-frontend as well? Like VuMS, or it's not necessary for this project?

I don't think that the reasons to choose Laravel are enough, so I want to understand the obstacles that I may face during the development.

In the end, I decided to ask and take expert opinions.

NOTE: this web application will be used by other companies, like in the case of evocon.

If there are tips and things that I must know to accomplish this project, please mention them.

Thank you very much.

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Lumen Alternatives & Comparisons

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