Understanding Laravel’s Macroable Trait

Laravel makes heavy use of the Macroable trait throughout its codebase, but the official documentation only mentions it in passing. There’s no explanation of its purpose, or when you should (and shouldn’t) use it. Let’s dig in.

Laravel Route Collection Binding

Route model binding is a very useful Laravel feature. But what happens if you have an endpoint which needs to support multiple, comma-delimited IDs?

Route collection binding to the rescue.

Laravel’s Mysteriously Macroable Paginators

Laravel’s Macroable trait is a very neat way to add new functionality to built-in classes.

I recently found myself with the need to add a custom method to the LengthAwarePaginator class. Not a problem, I thought, I’ll write a quick macro.

A fine solution, but for the fact the LengthAwarePaginator isn’t “macroable”. Or so it would seem at first glance.

Eloquent Attributes and Database Defaults

There’s an important gotcha to remember when working with Eloquent and default database values: if you create a new model instance, without overriding a default value, the attribute will not be set.

There are three easy solutions to this problem. As you might expect, each comes with its own set of pros and cons.

Interviewed by Snipcart

Last week, Snipcart interviewed me as part of their Geek Talk series. In this wide-ranging exposé, we cover such thrilling topics as my favourite programmer and favourite quote, and we even find time to discuss some developer-type things.