Why Laravel Doctrine and not any other?

I personally find Laravel Doctrine as the best of both worlds. For those who have no idea, it is a drop-in implementation of the famous ORM for the Laravel 5.X framework. However, one can even consider choosingEloquent, but in the following post, I would like to share why one requires to choose Laravel Doctrine and not Eloquent.

People like me who have already worked in a Laravel development company or used the framework at least once will be well versed with the technology and know snippets like:

$user = new App\User;
$user->name = 'Francesco';
$user->email = 'francesco@foo.bar';

In the above-mentioned example, we used “active record” pattern. Named by Martin Fowler, this is a frequently used architectural pattern. In order to simplify and explain things, this pattern assumes that a single row in the database is treated like an object in the software. Whereas Eloquent is an implementation of the Active Record Pattern, and Doctrine for Laravel, and how to configure and make an effective use of it.

Check out here : Advantages of using the Laravel framework

Installing Doctrine for Laravel

First of all, you require to create a new Laravel project.

composer create-project laravel/laravel Project

Next, you require to enter the project’s folder and add Laravel Doctrine as a dependency with a composer.

composer require "laravel-doctrine/orm:1.1.*"  

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In addition to this, one also requires to add the following class to the service providers list, especially in the config/app.php file: For example,


However, if you want you can also register three facades for the EntityManager, Registry and Doctrine in the same file: For example:

'EntityManager' => LaravelDoctrine\ORM\Facades\EntityManager::class,
'Registry'      => LaravelDoctrine\ORM\Facades\Registry::class,
'Doctrine'      => LaravelDoctrine\ORM\Facades\Doctrine::class,

And finally, it’s time to publish the dedicated config file:

artisan vendor:publish --tag="config" 

And it’s done! Laravel Doctrine is completely installed and configured.

In a nutshell,

One must always remember that Laravel Doctrine offers support for validation and can help us do password resets. Likewise, it supports multiple database connections for our entities similar to native Laravel has for models. Besides, the most important benefit of using Doctrine for a programmer is the ability to focus on the object- oriented business logic and worry about persistence only as a secondary platform. So now, you know why choose Laravel Doctrine over any other alternative.