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2 days ago
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Commented on What I Learned About Cypress On Day 2

Great video as always. Would love to see a full series 👍👍 Such a powerful tool, I've just had a play in my current project and can see the potential!

3 months ago
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Started a new Conversation Creating Google Drive Style Sharing


I'm trying to build a 'Google Drive style' platform, but I'm having some issues with how to structure this.

Here are my models -


- id
- author_id
- parent_id (nullable)
- name
- created_at
- updated_at


- id
- name
- email
- created_at
- updated_at

FolderUser (pivot table linking user to folders)

- folder_id
- user_id
- shared (boolean)

The above works great, for a very basic folder/user structure, and I know that if I grab all of the users folders, then I can confidently display the users index, along with whether the folder is shared or not.

But what about when I drill down deeper, how do I make sure this user has the permission to access this folder? The only way I can think is to get the folder ID, get all parent ID's, and then check if this record is present in the folder_users table? However, this isn't exactly efficient and I cant think of an easy way to query it!

Additionally, what about when I want to generate breadcrumbs? I hope you can understand my problem and have some good ideas!

Cheers, Chris.

4 months ago
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Replied to Check If RelationShip Exists Between Two Specific Models

Just a note to anyone looking for a solution on this. @tykus solution would enforce the loading of all users, which on some systems could be thousands.

If you want to check the presence of a relationship, without loading all the records, I'd recommend running it as a query -

public function hasUser($user)
  return $project->users()
    ->where('user_id', $user->getKey())
5 months ago
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Commented on Play With Confidence

Awesome video as usual thank you! What's the shortcut to rerun the last test again and again while you're in the code view?


5 months ago
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Replied to Best Way To Render Markdown In Views

Just to add to this, if you are using Markdown in lots of places, I'd recommend creating a custom directive...

In the boot method of your AppServiceProvider (or any other provider if you have custom ones) -

Blade::directive('markdown', function ($expression) {
  return "<?php echo (new Parsedown)->text($expression); ?>";

You can then render markdown using @markdown($content) within your views. Thanks to @joaozitopolo for the suggestion on how to render Markdown within Laravel.

Make sure to clear your View cache with php artisan view:clear before testing otherwise chances are it won't work.

Just to add another level to this, if you are using it a lot rather than instantiating a new instance of Parsedown every time, I'd recommend creating a singleton and referencing that instead -

class BladeServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
     * Register services.
     * @return void
    public function register()
        app()->singleton('parsedown', function () {
            return new Parsedown();

     * Bootstrap services.
     * @return void
    public function boot()
        Blade::directive('markdown', function ($expression) {
            return "<?php echo app('parsedown')->text($expression); ?>";

As you can see above, I've abstracted this out into my own BladeServiceProvider service provider. I hope this helps someone!