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Optional Value Control-flows in PHP using Traits and Magic-methods

Edd Mann demonstrates a nice trait to add OrElse functionality to a class via a trait. With it you can do things like:

$cart = $repository->findByIdOrElse(1, new ShoppingCart);
$cart = $repository->findByIdOrElse(1, function () { return new ShoppingCart; });


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.