Laravel 5.2 provides some nice additions to the framework. One handy feature that I don’t see listed in the release notes is that Collection now is macroable. Using it’s macro function you can easily extend Illuminate\Support\Collection with your own custom functions.
Take a look at this piece of code to uppercase every string in a collection.
That’s good code, but image you need to uppercase a lot of collections. Typing the same closure will get very tiresome. Let’s improve this with a macro.
You could create a service provider to load up these macro’s. Now that the macro is defined let’s uppercase collections like there’s no tomorrow:
You could be thinking “Why should I use a macro? I can easily to this with a regular function.”. Consider this piece of code.
It works, but you have to encapsulate the collection with your function. The last executed function is put first, which is confusing. With macro’s you can still chain functions and greatly improve readability.
Sure, the examples use in this post were a bit contrived, but I hope you see that collection macro’s can be very handy.