Read Models.

Add active-record style, read-only models to a Doctrine project for easier querying and separation of presentation from data.

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Exporting Models

The models can be exported as an array or JSON by calling into the exporter: ->export() or using ->jsonSerialize(). Using export() allows fine-grained control over what is being exported.

Additionally: a default export scheme can be set by overriding the $exports key and setting the attributes and relationships that should be exported by default. The attribute keys can be overridden for example: to not export surrogate keys / to export a UUID as the primary id.

For example:

class User extends Model
    protected $exports = [
        'attributes'    => ['uuid' => 'id', 'name', 'date_of_birth',],
        'relationships' => ['addresses', 'contacts'],

This will export the UUID field as id along with the name and date_of_birth. Any addresses and contacts will be exported, using whatever rules are defined on those.

Note: the export rules can be overridden, but it is on a per object basis. If you wish to apply the same rules to a collection of objects, use the collection methods to foreach over the models and apply the rules to all items.

The exporter will only touch attributes and relationships; no other properties. For attributes it will convert objects to arrays / strings if possible, however it currently cannot access private inherited properties.

Export Relationship Attributes

Just like with eager loading; specific attributes can be exported via the relationships, and just like eager loading the syntax is the same. Add a colon and then comma separate the attributes you wish to export from that relationship. For collections, these will be passed to all Models in that collection.

For example:


This will export the User with all roles but only the name and all permissions per role but only the permission name.

These rules can be defined on the default exports too.