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Laravel Advanced: Know the sneaky $loop.

Blade provides directives like @foreach, @while, @for, and @forelse for working with PHP's loop. Did you know... A handy $loop variable...

Karan Datwani
Karan Datwani
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Blade provides directives like @foreach, @while, @for, and @forelse for working with PHP's loop.

Did you know... A handy $loop variable is available within these directives, which tells about the current loop iteration? In this article, we'll explore $loop and loop directives.😎

Go deeper than @foreach with $loop

The @foreach directive iterates over arrays and objects, looping the data and render HTML for each item. Pretty simple:

@foreach($users as $user)
    <p>{{ $user->name }}</p>
@endforeach

But, within the @foreach loop, you have access to $loop variable, offering information like:

  • $loop->index: The current iteration index (0-based).
  • $loop->iteration: The current iteration number (1-based).
  • $loop->first: Telling if it's the first iteration.
  • $loop->last: Telling if it's the last iteration.
  • $loop->count: Total number of items in the loop.
  • $loop->remaining: Iterations remaining in the loop.
  • $loop->even: Whether this is an even iteration through the loop.
  • $loop->odd: Whether this is an odd iteration through the loop.
  • $loop->depth: The nesting level of the current loop.
  • $loop->parent: When in a nested loop, the parent's loop variable.

Pretty useful, right? Here is how you can use it:

@foreach($users as $user)
    <p>{{ $user->name }}</p>
    @if ($loop->last)
        <p>This is the last user.</p>
    @endif
@endforeach

Bonus: @forelse

The @forelse directive is similar to @foreach but includes a condition to handle empty arrays or collections.

@forelse($tasks as $task)
    <p>{{ $task->name }}</p>
@empty
    <p>No tasks found.</p>
@endforelse

In addition to the loop properties mentioned earlier, $loop also provides a property specific to @forelse:

  • $loop->empty: Boolean indicating if the loop is empty.

Second bonus: @for and @while

  • The @for directive executes a block of code for a specified number of iterations.
  • The @while directive executes a block of code as long as a condition is true.
@for ($i = 0; $i < 5; $i++)
    <p>{{ $i }}</p>
@endfor

@while (true)
    <p>I'm looping forever.</p>
@endwhile

Conclusion

By using the $loop variable, you gain access to useful loop information that is helpful to conditionally render content or apply styling.

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You can also check the first article of the series, which is on the Top 5 Scheduler Functions you might not know about. Keep exploring, and keep coding with ease using Laravel. Until next time, happy looping! 🚀

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