Routing patterns

Submitted by vlakarados - 3 years ago

If you're like me, you don't like to keep repetitive ->where()'s in your routes file, this is where route patterns come in handy. Makes your routes file DRY too, especially when you'll need to change some expression.

// This is what you might have right now
Route::get('users/{id}', 'UserController@getProfile')->where('id', '[\d+]+');
Route::get('products/{id}', 'ProductController@getProfile')->where('id', '[\d+]+');
Route::get('articles/{slug}', 'ArticleController@getFull')->where('slug', '[a-z0-9-]+');
Route::get('faq/{slug}', 'FaqController@getQuestion')->where('slug', '[a-z0-9-]+');
// and many more, now imagine you'll have to change the rule

// Instead, you could have a handy list of patterns and reuse them everywhere:
// Patterns
Route::pattern('id', '\d+');
Route::pattern('hash', '[a-z0-9]+');
Route::pattern('hex', '[a-f0-9]+');
Route::pattern('uuid', '[0-9a-f]{8}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{4}-[0-9a-f]{12}');
Route::pattern('base', '[a-zA-Z0-9]+');
Route::pattern('slug', '[a-z0-9-]+');
Route::pattern('username', '[a-z0-9_-]{3,16}');
// make more of your own to suit your needs: email, password, etc.

Route::get('users/{id}', 'UserController@getProfile');
Route::get('products/{id}', 'ProductController@getProfile');
Route::get('articles/{slug}', 'ArticleController@getFull');
Route::get('faq/{slug}', 'FaqController@getQuestion');

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