beyondcode/laravel-comments

Add comments to your Laravel application

1.1.0 2019-10-06 21:03 UTC

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Add the ability to associate comments to your Laravel Eloquent models. The comments can be approved and nested.

$post = Post::find(1);

$post->comment('This is a comment');

$post->commentAsUser($user, 'This is a comment from someone else');

Installation

You can install the package via composer:

composer require beyondcode/laravel-comments

The package will automatically register itself.

You can publish the migration with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="BeyondCode\Comments\CommentsServiceProvider" --tag="migrations"

After the migration has been published you can create the media-table by running the migrations:

php artisan migrate

You can publish the config-file with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="BeyondCode\Comments\CommentsServiceProvider" --tag="config"

Usage

Registering Models

To let your models be able to receive comments, add the HasComments trait to the model classes.

namespace App\Models;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use BeyondCode\Comments\Traits\HasComments;

class Post extends Model
{
    use HasComments;
    ...
}

Creating Comments

To create a comment on your commentable models, you can use the comment method. It receives the string of the comment that you want to store.

$post = Post::find(1);

$comment = $post->comment('This is a comment from a user.');

The comment method returns the newly created comment class.

Sometimes you also might want to create comments on behalf of other users. You can do this using the commentAsUser method and pass in your user model that should get associated with this comment:

$post = Post::find(1);

$comment = $post->commentAsUser($yourUser, 'This is a comment from someone else.');

Approving Comments

By default, all comments that you create are not approved - this is just a boolean flag called is_approved that you can use in your views/controllers to filter out comments that you might not yet want to display.

To approve a single comment, you may use the approve method on the Comment model like this:

$post = Post::find(1);
$comment = $post->comments->first();

$comment->approve();

Auto Approve Comments

If you want to automatically approve a comment for a specific user (and optionally model) you can let your User model implement the following interface and method:

namespace App\Models;

use BeyondCode\Comments\Contracts\Commentator;
use Illuminate\Foundation\Auth\User as Authenticatable;

class User extends Authenticatable implements Commentator
{
    /**
     * Check if a comment for a specific model needs to be approved.
     * @param mixed $model
     * @return bool
     */
    public function needsCommentApproval($model): bool
    {
        return false;    
    }
    
}

The needsCommentApproval method received the model instance that you want to add a comment to and you can either return true to mark the comment as not approved, or return false to mark the comment as approved.

Retrieving Comments

The models that use the HasComments trait have access to it's comments using the comments relation:


$post = Post::find(1);

// Retrieve all comments
$comments = $post->comments;

// Retrieve only approved comments
$approved = $post->comments()->approved()->get();

Testing

composer test

Changelog

Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.

Contributing

Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

Security

If you discover any security related issues, please email marcel@beyondco.de instead of using the issue tracker.

Credits

License

The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.