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I'll-Be-Back I'll-Be-Back - 6 months ago 38
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Multiple Open and Close Time array validation in Laravel?

I have array of open time and close time.

The inputs look like this:

<input type="text" name="time[1][open]">
<input type="text" name="time[1][close]">
<input type="text" name="time[x][open]">
<input type="text" name="time[x][close]">

This is a dump from

array:2 [
"days" => array:2 [
0 => "1" // Mon
1 => "2" // Tue
"time" => array:2 [
1 => array:2 [
"open" => "09:00"
"close" => "11:30"
2 => array:2 [
"open" => "16:00"
"close" => "21:00"

Using Laravel Request Validation - how do loop through between open and close time to validate to make sure it does not overlap of existing record in mysql database? For example, we may have Open:14:00 - Close:19:00 in the database but user have a requested of
"open" => "16:00"
"close" => "21:00"
- so the validation should not passed.


Example result in the
table, a day can have multiple open/close times.

id | day | open_time | close_time
1 | 1 | 13:30:00 | 15:00:00
2 | 2 | 16:30:00 | 20:00:00
3 | 3 | 09:30:00 | 14:30:00
4 | 3 | 18:00:00 | 22:00:00

You can see there is overlapping from
(16:30:00 - 20:00:00) and user request
"open" => "16:00"
"close" => "21:00"
. Validation should not passed.


This is not a complete answer but it might help OP. I still do not understand relation between days / time etc. this is boilerplate without logic that needs to be implemented

firstly make new provider (for custom validation rules)

$ php artisan make:provider ValidatorServiceProvider

and register it in config/app.php


Make new folder/file for new validation rule:

$ mkdir ./app/Validators
$ touch ./app/Validators/OverlappingTimeValidator.php

And put some code inside new Validator rule (can not make out the logic since I do not understand problem fully, perhaps I lack language skill to understand it)


namespace App\Validators;

class OverlappingTimeValidator
    public function validate($attribute, $value, $parameters, $validator)
        //make sure you have valid time format (for each time[])
        //make sure open < close for each pair
        //compare each set of open-close times with each other
        //connect to database and get all required data from $parameters[0] table
        //to connect to database and get data use \DB::table($parameters[0])->get(); follow this
        //array_get($validator->getData(), $parameters[1], null); // gives you days user picked or null
        dd($attribute, $value, $parameters, $validator);
        return false; //in case validation fails
        return true; //in case validation passes

run $ composer dump-autoload so new file is auto-loaded

register validation rule in ValidatorServiceProvider.php

public function boot()
    Validator::extend('overlapping_time', 'App\Validators\OverlappingTimeValidator@validate');

And finally rules in *Request should look like:

public function rules()
    return [
        'time' => 'overlapping_time:table_name,days'

You may use 'time.*' and validation will run against each time separately which you may not want! So use 'time' and make validation on whole array of times.

As I understand days is relevant attribute in validating time, therefore I added it as parameter, but you can change it. Please see what dd() in OverlappingTimeValidator@validate outputs.

In order to add error message open up ./resources/lang/en/validation.php and add (near bottom, really does not matter):

'overlapping_time' => 'The :attribute...',