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Eloquent has a convenient feature called Accessors - you can define your own custom fields on top of existing in the database table. But then there's an Eloquent property $appends - should we use it or not? And what's the difference?
There is one annoying thing in Laravel RESTful approach - if you want to have Edit/Delete links in your tables, Edit is done easy with a link to URL, but for Delete you have to build the whole form. Is there a way to avoid it?
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.
Let's say we have DB table products, which is linked to table categories with a field products.category_id = categories.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.
Another quick tip - if you need to know, how many rows were actually affected if you launch Eloquent update() statement - it cannot be easier.
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.
One of the biggest confusions for people switching from Laravel 4 to Laravel 5 was using the Form class. Basically, Form::open() and related stuff doesn't work out of the box. This article contains a solution for this problem. If you try to use Form::open() or any of the Form methods in a fresh Laravel 5 install, you would get something...
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?
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.
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.

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