Best practices for custom helpers on Laravel 5

I would like to create some helpers (functions) to avoid repeating code between some views. 

o start off I created a folder in my app directory called Helpers. Then within the Helpers folder I added files for functions I wanted to add. Having a folder with multiple files allows us to avoid one big file that gets too long and unmanageable.

Next I created a HelperServiceProvider.php by running the artisan command:

artisan make:provider HelperServiceProvider

Within the register method I added this snippet

public function register()
{
    foreach (glob(app_path().'/Helpers/*.php') as $filename){
        require_once($filename);
    }
}

lastly register the service provider in your config/app.php in the providers array

'providers' => [
    'App\Providers\HelperServiceProvider',
]

now any file in your Helpers directory is loaded, and ready for use.

This is my HelpersProvider.php file:

<?php

namespace App\Providers;

use Illuminate\Support\ServiceProvider;

class HelperServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
{
    protected $helpers = [
        // Add your helpers in here
    ];

    /**
     * Bootstrap the application services.
     */
    public function boot()
    {
        //
    }

    /**
     * Register the application services.
     */
    public function register()
    {
        foreach ($this->helpers as $helper) {
            $helper_path = app_path().'/Helpers/'.$helper.'.php';

            if (\File::isFile($helper_path)) {
                require_once $helper_path;
            }
        }
    }
}

You should create a folder called Helpers under the app folder, then create file called whatever.php inside and add the string whatever inside the $helpers array.

Done!

2nd Way

Create a helpers.php file in your app folder and load it up with composer:

"autoload": {
    "classmap": [
        ...
    ],
    "psr-4": {
        "App\\": "app/"
    },
    "files": [
        "app/helpers.php" // <---- ADD THIS
    ]
},

After adding that to your composer.json file, run the following command:

composer dump-autoload

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