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Laravel Migrate - Exclude Tables

Laravel’s database migrations is a great system and makes it easy for the development team to stay in sync with schema changes as well as ensuring tests can run against a defined database state.

It also makes great use of transactions to efficiently roll back changes after each test

But what if you have some large tables of fairly static data that you don’t want to reload on every test run …

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Laravel Database Model

Something didn’t quite click with me about Laravel Eloquent Models.

There is nothing in the Model that defines the fields.

The Model defines which database table the data is stored in.

Whatever fields are in the table will be loaded to the Model.

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Laravel Database Testing

I wanted to better understand what is happening when I run Laravel tests that hit the database.

TLDR: Database migrations are run on every test run, optionally with seed data.

Each test case runs in a transaction.

(This is written based on Laravel 9)

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