Concord's proxies concept is probably its most uncommon feature. The reason why they came to life is described in depth at the models section.

Proxies have to be used rather by module authors, and shouldn't be used in applications.

Concord as of v1.0 supports two kinds of proxies:

  • Model proxies,
  • Enum proxies.

Why Proxies?

To sum it up, proxies help writing modules which contain eloquent models that can be easily customized by the consuming application.

A Concord proxy class redirects to the concrete implementation of a model (or enum). This might sound fuzzy, so here's an example:


Imagine you create a very-very minimal shop module, that is on github and can be used by any laravel application.

  • The module defines a Product and an Order model.
  • An order contains one product (via an eloquent relationship).
  • The product model has a name, sku and price fields.

Let's say you (or someone else) uses this module in an application but wants to add a description field to the product model.

How will the Order model know to use the extended product model?

Here's where the model proxy comes in, the minimal shop module has to use the proxy class for defining the relationship:

namespace Minimal\ShopModule\Models;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;

class Order extends Model
    public function product()
        // use the proxy to resolve the class
        return $this->belongsTo(ProductProxy::modelClass());

        // instead of the traditional Laravel approach:
        // return $this->belongsTo(Product::class);

The application can register the updated product class (eg. App\Product) with Concord:

// app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php
namespace App\Providers;

class AppServiceProvider extends Illuminate\Support\ServiceProvider
    public function boot()

This way the ProductProxy will resolve to the App\Product class.

Proxying Methods

Other than resolving the actual class, the proxy actually proxies method calls to the resolved class. So that you can use it as if it was a real model:

// returns the registered model with id 1
ProductProxy::where('active', 1)->get();
// Returns the queried objects

ProductProxy::create(['name' => 'Lenovo l470 Notebook']);
// Creates an entry of the registered model class

Interface, Model, Proxy Trinity

In order to have this kind of behavior, you need to define 3 things in the modules:

  1. An interface (contract) (identifies "the thing" (model/enum)) (eg. Contracts\Product)
  2. A model/enum implementation (this is the moving part, can be replaced) (eg. Models\Product)
  3. A proxy (eg. Models\ProductProxy)

The interface and the proxy are immutable, and shouldn't be extended. The implementation is replaceable, using concord()->registerModel() and concord()->registerEnum() methods.

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