A collection of useful helper functions for in Laravel applications.

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This is a collection of useful helpers for use in Laravel applications. Mainly made for personal use, but if you find (some of) the helpers useful, feel free to use it!


Via composer:

$ composer require sven/helpers

Or add the package to your dependencies in composer.json and run composer install on the command line to download the package:

    "require": {
        "sven/helpers": "^1.0"

Available functions

All available functions are listed here, along with their usage and an example on how I would use them.


This function will return true if you're on the given route name, false otherwise:

$isHome = active_route('home');

You may also pass in optional $positive or $negative values to return:

$isContact = active_route('contact', 'Yes!', 'No :(');

There is also an option to give it an array of multiple route names instead of just one. The function will return $positive if the current route matches any of the given ones, $negative otherwise:

$isContactOrAbout = active_route(['contact', 'about']);

active_route() can be tremendously useful for active states on for instance navigation in blade templates:

        <li class="{{ active_route('home', 'active', null) }}">
            <a href="{{ route('home') }}">Home</a>
        <li class="{{ active_route('contact', 'active', null) }}">
            <a href="{{ route('contact') }}">Contact</a>
        <li class="{{ active_route('about', 'active', null) }}">
            <a href="{{ route('about') }}}">About</a>


This function will return the possessive form of a subject string you give it:

echo str_possessive('Brian') . ' house.'; // "Brian's house."

It will only append an apostrophe (without the trailing s) if the given subject ends in s, z or ch:

echo str_possessive('Dolores') . ' eyes.'; // "Dolores' eyes."
echo str_possessive('Sanchez') . ' shoes.'; // "Sanchez' shoes."
echo str_possessive('Gretch') . ' plate.'; // "Gretch' plate."


The pipe() function will simply return an instance of the \Illuminate\Pipeline\Pipeline class from Laravel's container, which allows for some neat chaining:

echo pipe('hello')->through([
])->then(function ($content) {
    return $content;
}); // This will output "hello, world!"

// AddComma class:
class AddComma
    public function handle($string, Closure $next)
        return $next($string . ',');

// AddWorld class:
class AddWorld
    public function handle($string, Closure $next)
        return $next($string . ' world!');


All contributions (pull requests, issues and feature requests) are welcome. Make sure to read through the first, though. See the contributors page for all contributors.


sven/helpers is licensed under the MIT License (MIT). Please see the license file for more information.