Now things are about to get fun. A few minutes ago, we installed a library called nelmio/alice - search for that and find their GitHub page.
In a nutshell, this library lets us add fixtures data via YAML files. It has an expressive syntax and it ships with a bunch of built-in functions for generating random data. Actually, it uses yet another library behind the scenes called Faker to do that. It's the PHP circle of life!
Find the ORM directory and create a new file called - how about
filename lacks excitement, but at least it's clear.
Start with the class name you want to create -
AppBundle\Entity\Genus. Next, each
genus needs an internal, unique name - it could be anything. But wait! Finish the
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With this syntax, Alice will loop over and create 10 Genus objects for free. Boom!
To finish things, set values on each of the Genus properties:
name: <name()>. You
could just put any value here, but when using
<>, you're calling a built-in Faker
function. Next, use
subFamily: <text(20)> to generate 20 characters of random text,
speciesCount: <numberBetween(100, 100000)> and
|speciesCount: <numberBetween(100, 100000)>|
That's it team! To load this file, open up
LoadFixtures and remove all of that
boring garbage. Replace it with
Fixtures - autocomplete that to get the
use statement -
::load(). Pass this
__DIR__.'/fixtures.yml' and then the entity manager:
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|class LoadFixtures implements FixtureInterface|
|public function load(ObjectManager $manager)|
|$objects = Fixtures::load(__DIR__.'/fixtures.yml', $manager);|
Now, run the exact command as before:
I love when there are no errors. Refresh the list page. Voila: 10 completely random genuses. I love Alice.
Well.... the genus name is actually the name of a person... which is pretty ridiculous. Let's fix that in a second.
But first, Nelmio's documentation has a ton of cool examples of things you can
do with this library. But the biggest things you'll want to check out is the Faker
library that this integrates. This shows you all of the built-in functions we
were just using - like
sentence and a ton more. There
is some great stuff in here.
Now if we can just make the genus name a little more realistic.