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What's new in laravel 5.2.23

By the time of writing this post, laravel has 911 contributors on GitHub, some of them are actively adding awesome stuff to the framework on a daily basis. This is a wrap up for the new stuff in laravel 5.2.23.

in_array validation rule

Array validation in laravel is just awesome, I myself replaced a lot of code in some of the current projects with just a few lines for validation. In 5.2.23 a new rule is added to help with validating that a value of a key exists in another related key:

        'devices' => [['user_id' => 1], ['user_id' => 2]],
        'users' => [['id' => 1, ['id' => 2]]]
    ['devices.*.user_id' => 'in_array:users.*.id']

This rule will make sure all user_id values exists in the users array.

Arr::first() & Arr::last() now have the callback optional

Previously the callback was required as a second argument for these methods, now it is optional:

$array = [100, 200, 300];

// (NEW) This will return 100
Arr::first($array); /** same for **/ array_first($array);

// (NEW) This will return 300
Arr::last($array); /** same for **/ array_last($array);

// (You still can) do this and return 200
Arr::first($array, function ($key, $value) {
    return $value >= 150;

Specifying more than one middleware at a time

When adding controller middlewares, you're now able to register multiple middlewares in the same statement.

$this->middleware(['auth', 'subscribed'], ['only' => ['getCandy']]);

New Blade directives @php, @endphp, and @unset

The @php directive will allow you to write PHP statements with style:

@php($count = 1)

@php(++ $count)
    $now = new DateTime();

    $environment = isset($env) ? $env : "testing";

@unset is just a wrapper for unset().


Ability to override core blade directives

Prior to 5.2.23 it was not possible to extend Blade and override a core directive, now your extension will overwrite any core blade directive.

Ability to escape blade directives

Now you can escape compilation for a blade directive by prepending a @, just like what we used to do to escape compiling echos:

// output: <?php continue; ?>

// output: @continue

You may also use the new @verbatim directive to prevent Blade from compiling multiple statements:

    @if {{ $var }} @endif

New mail driver for SparkPost

New monthlyOn() method for scheduling commands

$schedule->call(function () {
})->monthlyOn(4, '12:00');

New isLocale() method

// Instead of this
if (app()->getLocale() == 'en')

// You can do that
if (app()->isLocale('en'))

Querying MySQL 5.7 & Postegres json fields fluently with the query builder

With the release of MySQL 5.7, a new column type JSON was introduced , in laravel 5.2.23 you're able to query values from a json field as fluent as usual:

Let's say you have a users table with a name column of type JSON, the column has the following value:


You can query the json values using the following syntax:

User::where('name->en', 'name')->get();

// You may dive deep in the JSON string using the `->` operator.
User::where('contacts->phone->home', 1234);

The same syntax works with Postgres as well, the column->key->key->... format will be converted to a valid JSON path before sending to the database driver.

Notes for MySQL

The output of these queries will be a JSON string ("name" and not name), so you'll need to use json_decode() before display.

To use this syntax make sure your JSON keys are valid ECMAScript identifier names.

seeElement() and dontSeeElement() test helpers

While you have this element:

<image width="100" height="50">

You may run the following tests and get a success:

$this->seeElement('image', ['width' => 100, 'height' => 50]);

$this->dontSeeElement('image', ['class' => 'video']);

+ hidden gem #1

Did you know you can already do this?

User::whereNameAndEmail('jon', '')->first();

User::whereNameAndEmailOrPhone('jon', '', '123321')->first();

DB::table('users')->whereEmailOrUsername('', 'themsaid')->first();

+ hidden gem #2

// Instead of this:

// You can do that:

// You may also have something like this: