Creating Grids Programmatically


Introduction

Grids are simply streams. Therefore creating a grid programmatically is very much the same as creating any other stream programmatically.

Where do I put this?

It is common to place the following code in seeders or migrations but can be done the same anywhere. It really depends on what your application demands are.

Required Repositories

We will need to access the streams, fields, and assignment repositories. For this tutorial we will simply resolve them out of Laravel's service container and set them to as a few variables:

$fields      = app(\Anomaly\Streams\Platform\Field\Contract\FieldRepositoryInterface::class);
$streams     = app(\Anomaly\Streams\Platform\Stream\Contract\StreamRepositoryInterface::class);
$assignments = app(\Anomaly\Streams\Platform\Assignment\Contract\AssignmentRepositoryInterface::class);

Creating a Grid Stream

Creating a stream for grid is no different than creating any other stream with the StreamRepositoryInterface. All you need to do is specify grid as the stream namespace:

$books = $streams->create(
    [
        'en'           => [
            'name'        => 'Books',
            'description' => 'A grid stream of my favorite books!',
        ],
        'namespace'    => 'grid',
        'translatable' => true,
    ]
);
Note: We also made this stream translatable so we can define translatable field assignments later.

Creating Grid Fields

Creating fields for the Grid namespace is also the same procedure using the FieldRepositoryInterface. Let's add a couple fields to the grid namespace:

$title = $fields->create(
    [
        'en'        => [
            'name'         => 'Title',
            'instructions' => 'Specify the title of the book.',
        ],
        'locked'    => false,
        'namespace' => 'grid',
        'slug'      => 'title',
        'type'      => 'anomaly.field_type.text',
    ]
);

$author = $fields->create(
    [
        'en'        => [
            'name'         => 'Author',
            'instructions' => 'Specify the author of the book.',
        ],
        'locked'    => false,
        'namespace' => 'grid',
        'slug'      => 'author',
        'type'      => 'anomaly.field_type.text',
    ]
);
Heads Up: Make sure to create the fields as "unlocked" so they are visible in the Grid manager.

Assigning Grid Fields

Now that we have a stream in the grid namespace as well as some fields we need to assign the fields to our stream:

$assignments->create(
    [
        'stream'       => $books,
        'field'        => $title,
        'unique'       => true,
        'required'     => true,
        'translatable' => true,
    ]
);

$assignments->create(
    [
        'stream'   => $books,
        'field'    => $author,
        'required' => true,
    ]
);

What's next?

Now that we have a grid stream, fields, and have assigned those fields to the stream we can seed grid data. The grid and its fields are also available now for control panel use. Cool!


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