short for “sure, I have to learn Vapor, Forge, Envoyer, Valet, Sanctum, Echo, Lumen, but at least I don't have to learn SQL”. Eloquent is Laravel`s Object-Relational Mapper (ORM) which allows you to interact with each table in your database through a corresponding model and model classes. ORMs basically write the SQL behind the scenes, allowing you to retrieve records from a database table and insert, update or delete records. For example, you might combine your Coffee table with your Developers table under a Stress model and the ORM abstracts everything for you.
“Why are developers so bad at writing emails, but so good at writing queries?” “Because they're not eloquent and because they use Eloquent.”