On the Laravel News site they've posted an interview with Jason McCreary, the lead developer behind the Laravel Shift service, a product that helps you keep your Laravel applications up to date with the latest versions of the framework.
Laravel Shift is a new project aimed at automatically upgrading out of date Laravel apps up to the current version. The way it works is you sign-in with either Github or BitBucket, purchase a shift (an upgrade package), and then review the pull request it automatically creates.
I had a chance to speak with Jason, the lead developer on the project and what follows is a Q&A about Shift.
They talk about where the idea for Laravel Shift came from originally and how the upgrade process happens (hint: it's automated). Jason also answers questions about what kinds of applications it will work on and how it's handled if there's an application that can't be upgraded. He also mentions the process for upgrading from a very old version, noting that it would be required to "shift" multiple times to achieve the correct results.