Thursday, 14 June 2018

Check if empty in collection

When using ->get() you cannot simply use any of the below:
if (empty($result)) { }
if (!$result) { }
if ($result) { }
Because if you dd($result); you'll notice an instance of Illuminate\Support\Collection is always returned, even when there are no results. Essentially what you're checking is $a = new stdClass; if ($a) { ... } which will always return true.
To determine if there are any results you can do any of the following:
if ($result->first()) { } 
if (!$result->isEmpty()) { }
if ($result->count()) { }
if (count($result)) { }

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