One of the best improvements of the PHP 5.4 was the built-in web server. Like in Ruby On Rails, now you do not need Apache or Nginx inside your development machine.
To start a web server is easy:
php -S localhost:8000
Remember you can choose the port you want. You can use
localhost:8080 or what you want.
If you want to start the server for a Laravel 4 app your must set the public dir:
php -S localhost:8000 -t public/
Ok. This works well. But you can do better than this.
When you use
-t public/ you are telling the PHP server to start it inside the
public dir, more specifically the
public/index.php file. Ok, but with Laravel 4 this can bring you some problems of routes. In 99% of the cases this will work well but if you have a route like
http://example.org/some/file.html for example, this will not work.
The way Laravel 4 work with the web server is a little different. So, because of that, the Laravel 4 team created a custom
server.php file. So you have to start the server with this file:
// inside the Laravel base dir (not public) php -S localhost:8000 server.php
Laravel 4 does the rest for you. Now everything will work and you won't have problem with routes. Continue to develop your app!