Named route conventions in LaravelSeptember 02, 2014
Piggy-backing off my last post is the usage of named routes on Laracasts. I've noticed the use of things like
user_path as named routes in some of the applications being built on that site.
Route::get('users', [ 'as' => 'users_path', 'uses' => 'UsersController@index' ]);
If you've used Rails, these kind of helpers probably seem pretty familiar to you (and they're really helpful, I've actually made a PR or two to try and bring similar functionality to Laravel). However I find this flies right in the face of the conventions already in Laravel. Take a look at this resource, for example.
If you were to run
php artisan routes now, you'll see the Laravel convention for named routes show. It's slightly more verbose, but it's very clear.
These seven named routes map to seven methods on a resource controller (which can be generated by Artisan, also) and also to the four HTTP methods to be RESTful. Because of this, when defining my routes I try to always stick to this convention also. I find that it keeps a project a lot more organised, and it takes less time to think about what
users.store does, as opposed to
Route::get('users', [ 'as' => 'users.index', 'uses' => 'UsersController@index' ]);
Again, this is just me showing how I do projects (and how our coding style guide demands it at work). Free to consider your options, but I like this.
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