Retrieving belongsTo relationship

Posted 4 months ago by bcharron

I am looking for some clarification on how to retrieve data from a belongsTo relationship. I have 2 models, Assignment and Category. An Assignment belongs to a Category and a Category hasMany Assignment. In my Assignment repository I am looking up assignments and their associated categories like so:

$assignment = $this->assignment
            ->with( ['category'] )
            ->findOrFail( $id )
            ;

This gets me the expected assignment object, and I see the category relationship object:

Assignment {#1724
  #softCascade: array:1 [
    0 => "workOrder"
  ]
  #fillable: array:130 [
    0 => "user_id"
    1 => "time_id"
    2 => "work_order"
    3 => "tag"
    4 => "company"
    5 => "identifier"
    6 => "date"
    7 => "time"
    8 => "time_slot_id"
    9 => "category"
    10 => "category_id"
    ...
  ]
  #hidden: []
  #connection: "mysql"
  #table: null
  #primaryKey: "id"
  #keyType: "int"
  +incrementing: true
  #with: []
  #withCount: []
  #perPage: 15
  +exists: true
  +wasRecentlyCreated: false
  #attributes: array:134 [
    "id" => 430986
    "user_id" => 10006096
    "time_id" => null
    "work_order" => null
    "tag" => null
    "company" => null
    "identifier" => null
    "date" => "2017-12-21"
    "time" => "ALLDAY"
    "time_slot_id" => 50
    "category" => null
    "category_id" => 32
    ...
  ]
  #original: array:134 [
    "id" => 430986
    "user_id" => 10006096
    "time_id" => null
    "work_order" => null
    "tag" => null
    "company" => null
    "identifier" => null
    "date" => "2017-12-21"
    "time" => "ALLDAY"
    "time_slot_id" => 50
    "category" => null
    "category_id" => 32
    ...
  ]
  #changes: []
  #casts: []
  #dates: []
  #dateFormat: null
  #appends: []
  #dispatchesEvents: []
  #observables: []
  #relations: array:1 [
    "category" => Category {#1839
      #dates: array:1 [
        0 => "deleted_at"
      ]
      #primarykey: "id"
      #fillable: array:3 [
        0 => "name"
        1 => "time_off"
        2 => "points"
      ]
      #hidden: array:3 [
        0 => "deleted_at"
        1 => "created_at"
        2 => "updated_at"
      ]
      #connection: "mysql"
      #table: null
      #primaryKey: "id"
      #keyType: "int"
      +incrementing: true
      #with: []
      #withCount: []
      #perPage: 15
      +exists: true
      +wasRecentlyCreated: false
      #attributes: array:7 [
        "id" => 32
        "name" => "Category Name"
        "time_off" => 0
        "points" => 0
        "deleted_at" => null
        "created_at" => "2017-12-20 17:52:40"
        "updated_at" => "2017-12-20 17:52:40"
      ]
      #original: array:7 [
        "id" => 32
        "name" => "Category Name"
        "time_off" => 0
        "points" => 0
        "deleted_at" => null
        "created_at" => "2017-12-20 17:52:40"
        "updated_at" => "2017-12-20 17:52:40"
      ]
      #changes: []
      #casts: []
      #dateFormat: null
      #appends: []
      #dispatchesEvents: []
      #observables: []
      #relations: []
      #touches: []
      +timestamps: true
      #visible: []
      #guarded: array:1 [
        0 => "*"
      ]
      #forceDeleting: false
    }
  ]
  #touches: []
  +timestamps: true
  #visible: []
  #guarded: array:1 [
    0 => "*"
  ]
  #forceDeleting: false
}

When I try to access the category with $assignment->category() it returns what looks like a query builder object for the belongs to relationship. In order to actually return the data I need to run $assignment->category()->get(). Is there a reason that the data is not available directly, instead of having to actually get() it?

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