After developing a couple of Laravel based projects, I made myself a very basic, two items checklist that I now run before starting any new project. The two items are:
As presented in the Laracast video tutorial, homestead enables you to set up a clean development environment for your application extremely easy and fast.
Database Seeding and Model Factories
Database Seeders and Model Factories as presented in the Laracast video tutorial enable you to automatically populate your application’s database with data samples.These data samples are very useful if but not only e.g. you want to test the front end display of your application.