Adding user-specific settings in Laravel

Adding user-specific settings in Laravel

Storing the settings in the database

Sprinkle some getters on the User

  1. It feels very comfortable when using the @property doc blocks. Through them, we notify our IDE that, on every $user instance, we can access properties like $user->settings and $user->social_links, and they will return an array. The more you have of these doc blocks, the merrier.
  2. We add the 'settings' => 'array' pair to the $casts array so that we don't have to json_encode() and json_decode() all the time to access the settings. You can also use 'json' instead of 'array'.
  3. The setting() method is straightforward, it simply checks if we have a setting with a given name and returns it, otherwise, it returns the default value provided. One gotcha here is that if the setting exists, but has a null-ish value, this method will return that instead of the default fallback. We want that by the way, at least for now. Also, notice $this->settings ?? [], we need this check since the column could be null.
  4. The getSocialLinksAttribute() method will allow us to access it like $user->social_links, and it will return only the settings that are not null-ish. This is for easier access in the front-end or other places in code. From Laravel 9 and above, there's a better way to define Accessors and Mutators on your models, you should check it out, it's the new kid in the block.

Does this work with nested settings?

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