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Using preInsert event for generating UUID with laminas-db

Posted in Laminas, Tutorial PHP by samsonasik on April 17, 2020

If you want to do something before insert data into database table, for example: generate id as UUID binary, you can do with preInsert event. For example, you have the following album table structure:


CREATE TABLE `album` (
  `id` binary(16) NOT NULL COMMENT 'uuid binary',
  `artist` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `title` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL
) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 COLLATE=utf8_unicode_ci;


Now, to generate the UUID data, you can use ramsey/uuid, you can require:

➜  composer require ramsey/uuid

Now, time for the action!

Note, this is just a quick example to show you how it works. You can borrow your design architecture you love in real implementation.

For example, in laminas-mvc-skeleton application, we inject the IndexController with db adapter via factory:

namespace Application\Controller;

use Laminas\Db\Adapter\AdapterInterface;

class IndexControllerFactory
    public function __invoke($c)
        return new IndexController($c->get(AdapterInterface::class));

Now, we can update the module/Application/config/module.config.php controller factory:

// ...
    'controllers' => [
        'factories' => [
            Controller\IndexController::class => Controller\IndexControllerFactory::class,
// ...

In our IndexController __construct, we can use the db adapter to create the TableGateway instance featuring EventFeature:



namespace Application\Controller;

use Laminas\Db\Adapter\AdapterInterface;
use Laminas\Db\TableGateway\Feature\EventFeature;
use Laminas\Db\TableGateway\Feature\EventFeature\TableGatewayEvent;
use Laminas\Db\TableGateway\Feature\EventFeatureEventsInterface;
use Laminas\Db\TableGateway\TableGateway;
use Laminas\Mvc\Controller\AbstractActionController;
use Laminas\View\Model\ViewModel;
use Ramsey\Uuid\Uuid;

class IndexController extends AbstractActionController
    private $albumTableGateway;

    public function __construct(AdapterInterface $adapter)
        $events =  $this->getEventManager();
        $events->attach(EventFeatureEventsInterface::EVENT_PRE_INSERT, function (TableGatewayEvent $event) {
            $insert     = $event->getParam('insert');
            $insert->id = Uuid::uuid4()->getBytes();

        $this->albumTableGateway = new TableGateway('album', $adapter, new EventFeature($events));

Above, with EventFeatureEventsInterface::EVENT_PRE_INSERT, we update the insert id with the binary value generated.

Let’s check with index action for insert:

// ...
    public function indexAction()
            'artist' => 'Sheila on 7',
            'title'  => 'Pejantan Tangguh',

        return new ViewModel();
// ..

Ok, when open the index page, we will have the album table inserted with id generated in preInsert event.

    ->         CONCAT(SUBSTR(HEX(id), 1, 8)
    ->         , '-' 
    ->         , SUBSTR(HEX(id), 9, 4)
    ->         , '-'
    ->         , SUBSTR(HEX(id), 13, 4)
    ->         , '-'
    ->         , SUBSTR(HEX(id), 17, 4)
    ->         , '-'
    ->         , SUBSTR(HEX(id), 21))
    ->     ) as id, 
    ->     artist, 
    ->     title 
    ->     FROM album;
| id                                   | artist      | title            |
| 551a8518-cdd2-4f3a-968d-a45a4b232b5e | Sheila on 7 | Pejantan Tangguh |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

For complete event list, you can read the documentation https://docs.laminas.dev/laminas-db/table-gateway/#tablegateway-lifecycle-events

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  1. david said, on April 17, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    I’m just happy to see that I’m not the only one who puts code that does things like database inserts in a totally inappropriate place (indexAction) when I just want a real quick-and-dirty test 🙂

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