What is tinker in Laravel?

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What is tinker in Laravel?

"Tinker" refers to an interactive REPL (Read-Evaluate-Print Loop) tool that allows developers to interact with their Laravel application from the command line in a live, interactive manner. It's similar to tools like IRB (Interactive Ruby) or the Python shell.

When you run the php artisan tinker command from the command line within your Laravel project directory, you'll enter into a PHP shell with your Laravel application bootstrapped. This means you have access to all the classes, models, configurations, and services of your Laravel application directly from the command line.

Tinker is especially useful for quickly testing out pieces of code, running database queries, debugging, or exploring the behavior of your application interactively without having to go through the process of creating controllers, routes, or views. It's a convenient way to experiment with your Laravel application in a controlled environment. However, it's important to be cautious when using Tinker, especially in production environments, to avoid unintended changes or actions.