Basic validatable standardized data object.

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Basic framework for making standardized but flexible data objects. This provides a class (and interfaces) to use to standardize your dependencies or return values with a generic dataobject.

All this really is, is a data storage class with magic getters and setters. It is Arrayable, Jsonable and validatable.

Also provided are the means to make nested validation possible for data objects (containing futher data objects).

Version Compatibility

Laravel Package PHP
5.1 1.0
5.2 1.0
5.3 1.3
5.4 1.4
5.5 and up 1.4, 2.0
9 and up 3.0 8.0 and up


Via Composer

$ composer require czim/laravel-dataobject


Simply create your own extension of the base dataobject, and:

Optionally add your own getters and setters

Basic stuff of course, but if you want your IDE to know what your objects contain, you can simply write getters and setters like this:

class TestDataObject extends \Czim\DataObject\AbstractDataObject
    public function getName($value)

    public function setName($value)
        $this->setAttribute('name', $value);

Additionally, if you want to block any type of magic assignment (meaning all assignment would have to be done through the setAttribute() or setAttributes() methods, or your own setters), you can disable magic assignment as follows:

class TestDataObject extends \Czim\DataObject\AbstractDataObject
    protected $magicAssignment = false;


Attempts to set attributes on the DataObject by magic or array access will then throw an UnassignableAttributeException.

Optionally add validation rules for attributes

class YourDataObject extends \Czim\DataObject\AbstractDataObject
    protected $rules = [
        'name' => 'required|string',
        'list' => 'array|min:1',

Validating the data can be done as follows:

    $dataObject = new YourDataObject();

    // validate() returns a boolean, false if it does not follow the rules
    if ( ! $dataObject->validate()) {

        $messages = $dataObject->messages();

        // messages() returns a standard Laravel MessageBag
        dd( $messages->first() );

Messages are a MessageBag object generated by the Validator (whatever is behind the Laravel Facade Validator).


To use the extra Validation features for nested DataObject validation rules and better array validation, load the ServiceProvider for this package. This is the only reason to load the ServiceProvider; this package does not itself require the Provider to function.

Add this line of code to the providers array located in your config/app.php file:


Note that this will rebind the Validator facade, so if you have done this yourself, you may instead want to use the provided validation Traits to add to your own extended validator class.

Read more information about the validation (traits) here.

Castable Data Object

You may opt to extend the Czim\DataObject\CastableDataObject. Besides the standard features, this also includes the possibility of casting its properties to scalar values or (nested) data objects. This works similarly to Eloquent's $casts property (with some minor differences).

By overriding a protected casts() method, it is possible to set a cast type per attribute key:

protected function casts()
    return [
        'check' => 'boolean',
        'count' => 'integer',
        'price' => 'float',

This has the effect of casting each property to its set type before returning it.

$object = new YourDataObject([
    'check' => 'truthy value',
    'price' => 45,

$object->check;     // true
$object['price'];   // 45.0
$object->count;     // 0 (instead of null)

toArray Casting

Cast types are also applied for the toArray() method of the data object. This means that unset properties will be present in the array as their default value (false for boolean, 0.0 for float, etc.).

To disable this behaviour, set $castToArray to false. This will entirely disable casting values on toArray().

Nested Object Casting

More useful than scalar-casting, is object casting. This will allow you to create a tree of nested objects that, if set, can be invoked fluently.

Given casts that are set as follows:

class RootDataObject extends \Czim\DataObject\CastableDataObject
    protected function casts()
        return [
            'some_object' => YourDataObject::class,
            'object_list' => YourDataObject::class . '[]',

And with the following data example, you can access the data by property:

$data = [
    'some_object' => [
        'type' => 'peaches',
    'object_list' => [
        ['type' => 'cucumbers'],
        ['type' => 'sherry'],

$object = new RootDataobject($data);

$object->some_object;           // instance of YourDataObject
$object->some_object->type;     // peaches
$object->object_list[1]->type;  // sherry

Note that unset or null values will return null, not an empty data object. Non-array values will cause exceptions to be thrown on being interpreted as data objects.

This behaviour can be changed by setting the $castUnsetObjects property to true: unset attributes with an object cast will then be cast as an empty instance of that object class.


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.



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