mccool/laravel-auto-presenter

A system for auto-decorating models with presenter objects.

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4.0.0 2015-06-26 18:05 UTC

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This package automatically decorates objects bound to views during the view render process.

Features

  • Automatically decorate objects bound to views
  • Automatically decorate objects within paginator instances
  • Automatically decorate objects within arrays and collections

Installing

You should install this package with Composer. Add the following "require" to your composer.json file and run the composer install command to install it.

{
    "require": {
        "mccool/laravel-auto-presenter": "~4.0"
    }
}

Then, in your config/app.php add this line to your 'providers' array.

'McCool\LaravelAutoPresenter\AutoPresenterServiceProvider',

Usage

To show how it's used, we'll pretend that we have an Eloquent Post model. It doesn't have to be Eloquent, it could be any kind of class. But, this is a normal situation. The Post model represents a blog post.

I'm using really basic code examples here, so just focus on how the auto-presenter is used and ignore the rest.

use Example\Accounts\User;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Post extends Model
{
    protected $table = 'posts';
    protected $fillable = ['author_id', 'title', 'content', 'published_at'];

    public function author()
    {
        return $this->belongsTo(User::class, 'author_id');
    }
}

Also, we'll need a controller..

use Illuminate\Routing\Controller;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\View;

class PostsController extends Controller
{
    public function getIndex()
    {
        $posts = Post::all();
        return View::make('posts.index', compact('posts'));
    }
}

and a view...

@foreach($posts as $post)
    <li>{{ $post->title }} - {{ $post->published_at }}</li>
@endforeach

In this example the published_at attribute is likely to be in the format: "Y-m-d H:i:s" or "2013-08-10 10:20:13". In the real world this is not what we want in our view. So, let's make a presenter that lets us change how the data from the Post class is rendered within the view.

use Carbon\Carbon;
use McCool\LaravelAutoPresenter\BasePresenter;

class PostPresenter extends BasePresenter
{
    public function __construct(Post $resource)
    {
        $this->wrappedObject = $resource;
    }

    public function published_at()
    {
        $published = $this->wrappedObject->published_at;

        return Carbon::createFromFormat('Y-m-d H:i:s', $published)
            ->toFormattedDateString();
    }
}

Here, the automatic presenter decorator is injecting the Post model that is to be decorated. Please be aware that the constructor parameter should always be named $resource to allow Laravel's IoC container to correctly resolve the dependency.

We need the post class to implement the interface.

use Example\Accounts\User;
use Example\Blog\PostPresenter;
use McCool\LaravelAutoPresenter\HasPresenter;
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Post extends Model implements HasPresenter
{
    protected $table = 'posts';
    protected $fillable = ['author_id', 'title', 'content', 'published_at'];

    public function author()
    {
        return $this->belongsTo(User::class, 'author_id');
    }

    public function getPresenterClass()
    {
        return PostPresenter::class;
    }
}

Now, with no additional changes our view will show the date in the desired format.

Troubleshooting

If an object isn't being decorated correctly in the view then there's a good chance that it's simply not in existence when the view begins to render. For example, lazily-loaded relationships won't be decorated. You can fix this by eager-loading them instead. Auth::user() will never be decorated. I prefer to bind $currentUser to my views, anyway.

License

Laravel Auto Presenter is licensed under The MIT License (MIT).