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The Tinkerwell Table Mode
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Easily list data and export it as CSV file directly from your PHP application

The Table Mode of Tinkerwell allows you to see the results of your code in a table and export it to a CSV file. This is extra useful if you pair it with complex database queries for reports that you don’t generate that often or just on demand – no fiddling around with SQL but simply using the ORM of your application.

For the sake of simplicity, we’re using Laravel to explain how you can export data as CSV file and to show how it works but your can head to the other examples for Symfony and WordPress if you use them more often. So don’t skip the Laravel examples if you aren’t using the framework but go through them for a better understanding of the Table Mode of Tinkerwell.

Tinkerwell makes exporting data as CSV file easy and works with any PHP application.

Examples
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Laravel Example

Laravel Eloquent is a powerful ORM that has a fluent syntax. In this example, we query our Beyond Code database to get a list of all users who bought at least one video course and list them with their course so that we know which email address has access to a specific course.

Laravel takes care out the relation between the User and Course models automatically and makes it easy for us to select the elements from the collections via the mapping method.

User::with("courses")
->whereHas("courses")
->limit(10)
->get()
->map(function (User $user) {
return $user->courses->map(function (App\Course $course) use ($user) {
return [
"email" => $user->email,
"course" => $course->title
];
});
})
->flatten(1);

Wordpress example

Tinkerwell allows you to get a lists of all posts of your WordPress site and other things easily. In this example, we’re using the wp_get_recent_posts() method to get an array of the recents posts and display it in the Table View. You can also use methods like get_posts() but they require a transformation into a plain array to get displayed properly.

The Table View is only able to display arrays that have named keys like ID and post_title in the example but can’t convert WordPress objects (i.e. WP_Post) to a list view automatically.

array_map(function($item) {
return [
$item['ID'],
$item['post_date'],
$item['post_title'],
];
}, wp_get_recent_posts());

Symfony example

Symfony uses Doctrine as ORM to fetch database records and it works similar to the Laravel example above. You can get the EntityManager for your model – in our example we want to fetch some users and display them and their email addresses in the Table View. You can easily use this as a base example and extend it for your more complex application.

Tinkerwell exposes the $container and $kernel variables to the editor to make interacting with your application easier.

$users = $container
->get('doctrine.orm.entity_manager')
->getRepository(App\Entity\User::class)
->findAll();
 
array_map(function ($user) {
return [
'full_name' => $user->getFullName(),
'email' => $user->getEmail(),
];
}, $users);

As you can see, the Table View mode is helpful when running custom reports against your application and don’t want to fiddle around with MySQL queries or adding code to your codebase for a task that only happens once.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to export data as CSV file, you can use the Table Mode for this task – and save the code as a snippet for later use. This is quicker than writing a feature for your application, especially if you don’t need it that often or only use it with changing parameters in a development context.

Eric L. Barnes, Creator of Laravel News
“I use Tinkerwell all the time now. Love that app.”

Eric L. Barnes

Creator of Laravel News

Sam Carré, Head of engineering at Codepotato
“Gone are the days of creating a whole PHP app just to test a function or two. Tinkerwell has helped me level-up as a developer.”

Sam Carré

Head of engineering at Codepotato

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