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The new "select" method for Laravel Collections

Do you remember the only method in Laravel Collections that allows you to retrieve a subset of the items from the collection?

For instance, if you have an array of data like so.

$collection = collect([
    'name' => 'Amit',
    'age' => 30,
    'city' => 'Surat',
    'country' => 'India'

You can use the only method to retrieve a subset of the items from the collection like so.

$filtered = $collection->only(['name', 'age']);
// ['name' => 'Amit', 'age' => 30]

Well, there’s a new method called select in Laravel Collections that does the same thing as the only method but for array of arrays.

For instance, if you have an array of arrays like so.

$collection = collect([
    ['name' => 'Amit', 'age' => 30, 'country' => 'India'],
    ['name' => 'John', 'age' => 25, 'country' => 'USA'],
    ['name' => 'Jane', 'age' => 35, 'country' => 'UK'],

Now, if you want to retrieve a subset of the items, for example, name and country from the collection, you can use the select method like so.

$filtered = $collection->select(['name', 'country']);

    ['name' => 'Amit', 'country' => 'India'],
    ['name' => 'John', 'country' => 'USA'],
    ['name' => 'Jane', 'country' => 'UK'],
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