Laravel Form Requests Involving Record Updates with a Unique Field

  • April 26, 2016

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Web applications are often tasked with ensuring certain database record fields contain unique values, and frameworks such as Laravel greatly reduce the amount of logic required to add this capability by offering

public function rules()
    return [
        'name'           => 'required|string',
        'email'          => 'required|email',
        'tax_id'         => 'required|string|size:10unique:employers,tax_id,' . \Auth::id(),


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