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I am new to Laravel. Please excuse the newbie question but how do I find if a record exists?

$user = User::where('email', '=', Input::get('email'));

What can I do here to see if $user has a record?



It depends if you want to work with the user afterwards or only check if one exists.

If you want to use the user object if it exists:

$user = User::where('email', '=', Input::get('email'))->first();
if ($user === null) {
   // user doesn't exist

And if you only want to check

if (User::where('email', '=', Input::get('email'))->count() > 0) {
   // user found

Or even nicer

if (User::where('email', '=', Input::get('email'))->exists()) {
   // user found
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

It's mostly raw queries:

DB::table('item_details')->selectRaw('GROUP_CONCAT(...) INTO @sql')->get();
DB::statement('SET @sql = CONCAT(...)');
DB::statement('PREPARE stmt FROM @sql');
DB::statement('EXECUTE stmt');
DB::statement('DEALLOCATE PREPARE stmt');

Try this:

DB::table('item_details')->selectRaw('GROUP_CONCAT(...) INTO @sql')->get();
$sql = DB::selectOne('select @sql')->{'@sql'};
ItemDetails::select('item_number', DB::raw('SUM(quantity) as total_quantity'))
Sunday, October 23, 2022

Implode the array as a string and join it on commas.

'employee' => 'required|in:'.$employee->implode('id', ', '),

This will make the correct comma separated string that the validator expects when making an in comparison.


This still works, but is not the Laravelesque way of doing it anymore. See the answer by @nielsiano.

Monday, September 19, 2022

This can be done in (at least) 2 ways.

Using pure Eloquent model logic:

class Buy extends Model
  public function getTotalPrice() {
    return $this->buyDetails->sum(function($buyDetail) {
      return $buyDetail->quantity * $buyDetail->price;

The only issue here is that it needs to fetch all buy details from the database but this is something you need to fetch anyway to display details in the view.

If you wanted to avoid fetching the relation from the database you could build the query manually:

class Buy extends Model
  public function getTotalPrice() {
    return $this->buyDetails()->sum(DB::raw('quantity * price'));
Thursday, September 1, 2022

There are two relevant functions on POSIX systems: stat() and lstat(). These are used to find out whether a pathname refers to an actual object that you have permission to access, and if so, the data returned tells you what type of object it is. The difference between stat() and lstat() is that if the name you give is a symbolic link, stat() follows the symbolic link (or links if they are chained together) and reports on the object at the end of the chain of links, whereas lstat() reports on the symbolic link itself.

#include <sys/stat.h>

struct stat sb;

if (stat(pathname, &sb) == 0 && S_ISDIR(sb.st_mode))
{ is a directory...

If the function indicates it was successful, you use the S_ISDIR() macro from <sys/stat.h> to determine whether the file is actually a directory.

You can also check for other file types using other S_IS* macros:

  • S_ISDIR — directory
  • S_ISREG — regular file
  • S_ISCHR — character device
  • S_ISBLK — block device
  • S_ISLNK — symbolic link
  • S_ISSOCK — socket

(Some systems provide a few other file types too; S_ISDOOR is available on Solaris, for example.)

Monday, October 24, 2022
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