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Null-Carbon For Laravel

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Methods should always return only one data-type. This principle is broken if a method returns both null and some other data-type, so the solution is to return a null-class. The NullCarbon class is a null-class implementation of Laravel's Carbon class.


  • PHP >= 7.1.3
  • Laravel >= 5.5


composer require genealabs/laravel-null-carbon


The following is an example of how to use the NullCarbon class for date fields on a model:

use GeneaLabs\LaravelNullCarbon\NullCarbon;
use Illuminate\Support\Carbon;

class MyModel
    protected $dates = [

    public function getPublishedAtAttribute() : Carbon
        return $this->published_at
            ?: new NullCarbon;

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