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What inspired you to write laravel? Why not use symfony for your needs instead of building on it? What ultimately lead to you saying - ya know what, this laravel.
When reading documentation for other frameworks, if I couldn't figure out how to authenticate a user within about 5 minutes I just gave up and moved on. I figured such a common use case should be very easy. Basically I felt like a lot of common situations should be much easier across the board, and that still drives Laravel to this day (queues, Elixir, validation, Spark, etc.).