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There’s no PUT/PATCH/DELETE method, or how to build a Laravel form manually

Laravel RESTful controller mechanism is a very convenient thing – we generate Controller, write {{ Form::xxxx() }} methods in Blade templates and it works like magic. But there’s a little trick there which I want to talk about – it’s PUT/PATCH/DELETE methods for updating the database entries.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

belongsTo() and withTrashed() – linking to deleted row

Let’s say we have DB table products, which is linked to table categories with a field products.category_id =, Eloquent helps us to define a relation easily. But what if the category gets (soft) deleted, but we still need to have that relationship to be returned for history reasons? You can use withTrashed() method here.

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Did you know: affected rows after Eloquent update

Another quick tip – if you need to know, how many rows were actually affected if you launch Eloquent update() statement – it cannot be easier.

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Laravel 5.1: empty option in Form::select with lists()

There is one small upgrade in Laravel 5.1 which breaks apps with earlier versions – it is related to <select> dropdown items. For a long time, Eloquent had a useful way of passing options to Form::select() – but adding an empty parameter doesn’t work in Laravel 5.1 anymore. Here’s what to do.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Class ‘Form’ not found in Laravel 5?

One of the biggest confusions for people switching from Laravel 4 to Laravel 5 was using the Form class. Basically,

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

How to customize “artisan down” page?

Artisan has a convenient command artisan down for an occasion when you need to put your web-project down for a while – for the case of deployment, maintenance or anything like that. Question – how to customize that temporary error page?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Don’t forget the fillables!

Just a quick tip. I’ve noticed a really typical mistake by developers, which caused some headache for myself and for others – you add a new field into the database table, but for some reason it isn’t automatically saved.

Friday, June 26th, 2015

All about Redirects in Laravel 5

Laravel has a useful function redirect() to, well, redirect a user to a different page or action, with or without data. Let’s discuss those various options in one place – maybe you will find out something new for yourself.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

AND-OR-AND + brackets with Eloquent

Eloquent is a great thing – you can build your query step-by-step and then call get() method. But sometimes it gets a little tricky for more complicated queries – for example, if you have multiple AND-OR conditions and you want to put brackets, how to do it properly?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015