A series of helper functions for Laravel 5

v1.2.0 2019-12-04 16:28 UTC


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This package requires PHP 5.6+, and includes a Laravel 5 Service Provider.

To install through composer include the package in your composer.json.

"curtissaunders/laravel-helpers": "^1.0"

Run composer install or composer update to download the dependencies or you can run composer require curtissaunders/laravel-helpers.

Laravel 5 Integration

To use the package with Laravel 5, add the Helper Service Provider to the list of service providers in app/config/app.php.

'providers' => [


Available helpers

  • versioned_asset will apply a cache busting query string to your assets.
  • concat will concatenate strings together
  • concat_ws will concatenate strings together with the separator being defined as the first argument
  • generate_uuid will generate a valid RFC 4122 UUID
  • route_is/routeIs will check if the current route matches the route passed
  • query_log_to_sql will allow you to log a database query to a variable and dump it out for easy debugging
  • combine_query will combine a query with its bindings

Example of versioned_asset:

{{ versioned_asset('images/photo.png') }}


Example of concat:

{{ concat('John', 'Terry', 'Dave') }}


John Terry Dave

Example of concat_ws:

{{ concat_ws(' - ', 'John', 'Terry', 'Dave') }}


John - Terry - Dave

Example of generate_uuid:

{{ generate_uuid() }}



When using the generate_uuid function, you are able to generate valid RFC 1, 3, 4 and 5 versions. In order to change the version, simply pass the version number you require as the first argument (defaults to 1). For example, to generate a version 4 Uuid, you can do the following:

{{ generate_uuid(4) }}



For versions 3 and 5, you are also required to pass in a string as the second argument. This is hashed and used when generating the Uuid. For example:

{{ generate_uuid(3, '') }}



Example of route_is() or routeIs():

Examples shown in Laravel Blade

// Do something
// Do something else


// Do something
// Do something else

You can also check for specific parameters by passing them in an array as the second argument. For example, you may want to check that you're on a specific product category to apply an "active" class to a link. Consider the below when looping through category links:

@foreach($categories as $category)
    <a href="{{ route('product.category', [$category->slug]) }}" class="{{ route_is('product.category', ['categorySlug' => $category->slug]) ? 'active' : '' }}">
        {{ $category->name }}    

The above would apply a class of "active" when you're on the corresponding page to that link.

Example of query_log_to_sql:

// Enable laravel's query log
... // Do database transactions ...
// Get all the queries ran since the query log was enabled
$queryLog = DB::getQueryLog();
// Combine the query logs ran with their bindings into the sql that was ran
$sqlQueries = query_log_to_sql($queryLog);
// Returns an array of all the sql queries ran with their bindings in place, useful for quick debugging

Example of combine_query:

// Create a query using Eloquent
$eloquentQuery = UserModel::where('email', '=', '');
// Combine the Eloquent query sql and bindings into a query you can run in mysql
$sqlQuery = combine_query($eloquentQuery->toSql(), $eloquentQuery->getBindings());