I know L8 has got some criticisms lately, mainly in regards to the UI package. I wanted to change gears and write something positive about L8.
L8 requires PHP 7.3. This is actually awesome - and heres why. PHP used to be in a bad state where tons of libraries and packages were still using ancient versions, which slowed down progress immensely.
When Laravel, the largest PHP framework, and one of the biggest web frameworks, forces people to use up-to-date versions of PHP, it forces everyone to embrace newer versions and is a great thing for the PHP ecosystem as a whole.