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Rendering

#Create Your First Form

Create TestForm.php

Create a test form in app/Forms/TestForm.php with the following content:

<?php

namespace App\Forms;

class TestForm extends \Laraform
{
  public function schema() {
    return [
      'hello_world' => [
        'type' => 'text',
        'label' => 'Hello',
        'default' => 'World'
      ]
    ];
  }

  public function buttons() {
    return [[
      'label' => 'Submit'
    ]];
  }
}

Pass The TestForm To View

Pass the form to the welcome view which comes as a default with Laravel. Update your routes/web.php with the following:

<?php

Route::get('/', function () {
  return view('welcome', [
    'form' => app('App\Forms\TestForm')
  ]);
});
Always use app() function to resolve Laraform's core dependencies when instantiating forms. This is because \Laraform's constructor relies on internal dependencies which are being injected and they need to be resolved.

Render TestForm

Render the form in your resources/views/welcome.blade.php:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="{{ str_replace('_', '-', app()->getLocale()) }}">
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    <meta name="csrf-token" content="{{ csrf_token() }}">

    <title>Laravel</title>

    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/app.css">
  </head>
  <body>
    <div id="app">
      {!! $form->render() !!}
    </div>

    <script src="/js/app.js"></script>
  </body>
</html>

If you check out the website's actual source code, you'll notice that all this render() function does is that it renders a Vue component, passing the json schema as :form prop. Everything else will be taken care by the Vue library on the frontend.

Compile & Run

Now you should have everything set up, so just run:

npm run dev

Once assets are compiled you can launch your site for example with:

php artisan serve

You should see a very simple form with one single input and a Submit button:

Our form might look ugly at this point but this is because we haven't included any styles on default theme on purpose, so you'll have an easier job customizing it to your needs. You can also go ahead and add eg. Bootstrap 4 to have a better looking layout.

#Attach Frontend Component (optional)

Your form is now fully functioning and ready to use, however if you want to go further and handle the frontend functions (like using frontend Events or Customizing layout) you need to attach a frontend component to your backend form. Let's see how can we do that.

While attaching frontend forms are optional it is recommended when you render more than one form on a single page.

Create TestForm.vue

First create TestForm.vue in your resources/js/components/forms directory:

<script>
  export default {
    mixins: [Laraform],
    created() {
      alert('The form is created')
    }
  }
</script>

This component is using the Laraform mixin and should have an alert message when the form is loaded, saying The form is created.

Note that Laraform is a mixin available globally, so you do not need to import it separately.

Add TestForm To Your app.js

Next we need to add this component to our app.js so that Vue will know about it:

require('./bootstrap');

import Vue from 'vue'
import Laraform from '@laraform/laraform'
import TestForm from './components/forms/TestForm.vue'

Vue.use(Laraform)

const app = new Vue({
  el: '#app',
  components: {
    TestForm
  }
})

Attach test-form To Your Backend Form

The last thing we need to do is tell our backend form that it should use a specific frontend component to render the form:

class TestForm extends \Laraform
{
  public $component = 'test-form';

  // ...
}

Compile & Run

Now compile your assets:

npm run dev

If you refresh page the alert window should appear, which means we've successfully connected our frontend form to the backend:

#What's Next?

Once you have a basic form working on your website, you can start digging deeper and create actually working form. Please head to Submitting Data chapter.

If you'd like to jump in the middle and learn by doing check out our laraform/examples repository and see how different parts work together.