We all have our favorite tools that we like to use. Especially when it comes to the choice of editor, there are some very strong preferences.
For me personally, if I'm writing a Laravel app, I'm definitely going to launch PHPStorm, and I love the productivity boost I get with the Laravel Idea plugin. Both are paid products, but well worth the cost!
On the other hand, if I'm working on a Vue component, even in a Laravel project, I find I'm more productive in VS Code. The tooling is just a little bit nicer. I'll even have both VS Code and PHPStorm open at the same time, and bounce back and forth between them as needed.
Again, this is all personal preference. Your particular choices may be different, but the underlying point remains: use the right tool for the job.
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P.S. Beyond Code makes some great tools for Laravel devs. Tinkerwell and HELO are my favorites, but they have quite a few tools to make you more productive.