Symfony 4: The Twig Recipe

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    Symfony 4: The Twig Recipe with Ryan Weaver
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    Do you remember the only rule for a controller?
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    It must return a Symfony response object.
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    But Symfony doesn't care, how you do that.
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    You could render a template,
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    make API requests
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    or make database queries and build a JsonResponse.
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    Really, most of learning Symfony involves learning to install
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    and use a bunch of powerful
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    but optional tools that make this work easier.
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    If your app needs to return HTML,
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    then 1 of these great tools is called Twig.
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    First, make sure you commit all of your changes so far.
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    I already did this.
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    Recipes are so much more fun when you can see what they do.
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    Now, run composer require twig.
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    By the way, in future tutorials, our app will become a mixture
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    of a traditional HTML app and an API with a JavaScript front end.
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    So if you want to know about building an API in Symfony, we'll get there.
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    This installs twig-bundle,
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    a few other libraries and configures a recipe.
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    What did that recipe do?
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    Let's find out.
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    git status.
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    Whoa!
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    Lots of good stuff.
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    The first change is config/bundles.php.
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    Bundles are the plugin system for Symfony.
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    And whenever we install a third-party bundle,
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    Flex adds it here so that it's used automatically.
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    Thanks, Flex.
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    The recipe also created some stuff like a templates directory.
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    Yep, no need to guess where templates go, it's pretty obvious.
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    It even added a base layout file that we'll use soon.
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    Twig also needs some configuration,
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    so the recipe added it in config/packages/twig.yaml.
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    But even though this file was added by Flex, it's yours to modify.
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    You can make whatever changes you want.
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    Oh, and I love this:
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    why do our templates need to live in a templates directory?
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    Is that hard-coded deep inside Symfony?
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    Nope, it's right here.
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    Don't worry about this percent syntax yet;
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    you'll learn about that in a future episode.
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    But, you can probably guess what's going on,
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    %kernel.project_dir% is a variable
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    that points to the root of the project.
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    Anyways, looking at what a recipe did is a great way to learn.
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    But the main lesson of Flex is this:
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    install a library and it takes care of the rest.
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    Now, let's go use Twig.

Symfony 4: The Twig Recipe

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In this tutorial, we'll install a Twig bundle and recipe.

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