Easily find specific code usages in PhpStorm without regex

Regexes in search logic are powerful, but this tip will supercharge your code searching without needing to get too fancy.

Joel Clermont
Joel Clermont

Let's continue the theme from the previous tip about tightening up our Laravel view assertions in our tests.

So now that you know that assertViewHas isn't working the way you might expect with null values, how can you find all the locations in your tests that need refactoring?

In PHPStorm, you can use Shift-Cmd-F (or the equivalent in your OS) to "find in all files" and easily find all mentions of the assertViewHas helper, but you might think you need to do a fancy regular expression to limit results to only those that are asserting null values.

But there's an easier way! After doing your global Shift-Cmd-F, you can then click in the find results and use Cmd-F to find null just within your existing set of search results. No fancy regex needed!

Searching within PHPStorm search results

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P.S. Laravel is pretty secure by default, but Aaron published a course to go even deeper on Laravel security.

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