A Laravel Conversation with ChatGPT

Dino Cajic
8 min readMar 22

Other than creating completely new content, like a new framework, I’m not seeing the benefit of creating content like Laravel articles when you have ChatGPT. I’ll continue writing it of course, but I can’t see much benefit that the user gets especially when you have something like ChatGPT available under your toolbelt. Here’s a conversation that I had with it since I was curious about a topic that I’m very familiar with. I wanted to see how well it performs.

Show me an example of how to use the faker library in Laravel.

Sure, here’s an example of how to use the Faker library in Laravel:

First, you need to install the Faker library using Composer. Run the following command in your terminal:

composer require fzaninotto/faker

Once the installation is complete, open the file where you want to use Faker, for example, a database seeder file or a controller action.

In the top of the file, import the Faker namespace:

use Faker\Factory as Faker;

Now you can create an instance of Faker and use it to generate fake data. For example, to generate a random name, you can use the following code:

$faker = Faker::create();
$name = $faker->name;

You can also use Faker to generate other types of data, such as addresses, phone numbers, emails, and more. Here’s an example of how to generate a random email:

$email = $faker->email;

Once you’ve generated the fake data, you can use it in your application as needed. For example, you can use it to seed your database with test data, or to display sample content on a development version of your site.

That’s it! Using Faker is an easy way to generate realistic test data for your Laravel application.

I thought that faker already came preinstalled with Laravel

You are correct! My apologies for the confusion. The Faker library comes pre-installed with Laravel, so there’s no need to install it separately using Composer.

To use Faker in Laravel, you can follow the same steps as outlined above, but you can skip the installation step.

Dino Cajic

Author of An Illustrative Introduction to Algorithms. IT Leader with a B.S. in Computer Science, a minor in Biology, and a passion for learning.