I have been spending some time keeping my PHP skills sharp, and have been dabbling with rewriting/updating a front end for my personal home-hosted websites.
I started off with Laravel, and was pleasantly surprised with how quick and easy it was to get off up and running (manipulating data with CRUD), thanks to the excellent docs, and my forays into PHP MVC stuff (the yii framework) in the past.
Part way through however, I chanced upon this youtube video, and such was the simplicity demonstrated in the examples, I was inspired to go knock together a quick proof of concept.
After one PHP script (less than 50 lines) to spit out all the data I wanted as json, I had a tabulated data viewer with powerful live filtering.
Next on my list is to evaluate how easy it is to implement the search/filtering with the Laravel side, and compare my options for implementing a CRUD system on the single page AngularJS site.
An interesting exercise – I don’t feel like my time has been wasted by doubling up on the work.