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Credit where credit is due

This is part two of a completely unknown number of linked articles as I’m writing them without even the slightest bit of aforethought. You can find the first instalment here. They’re not tutorials as such, but more documenting my progress and thinking as I forge onward building something.

First thing to do is add a property to your User model in Laravel to represent the number of credits a user has. We’ll give a new user 5 credits to start with.

Schema::table('users', function (Blueprint $table) {

Then a method on the User model to add credits to the users balance:

public function addCredits($credits){
  $this->credit_balance += $credits;

Finally, a couple of API endpoints to retrieve the anonymous user’s current balance and top-up the account:

public function balance()
  return response()->json(["balance"=>Auth::user()->credit_balance], 200);

public function topUp(Request $request)
  $validation = Validator::make($request->all(),[
    'credits' => 'required',

    return response()->json(["errors"=>$validation->messages()], 200);

  $user = Auth::user();

  return response()->json(["balance"=>$user->credit_balance], 200);

Need to get this into the app now, so the user can see their credit balance. For this bit, I’m using Swift UI – if you haven’t played with it yet you ought to, it’s really cool!

I’ve created a BalanceData class which is responsible for loading balance data from our API. This class publishes a balance variable for our views to observe.

import SwiftUI
import Alamofire

public class BalanceData : ObservableObject {
    @Published var balance: Int = 0
    func updateBalance() {
        let token = NSUbiquitousKeyValueStore.default.string(forKey: "laravelToken")
        if(token != nil)
            let headers: HTTPHeaders = [
                "Authorization": "Bearer " + token!
            AF.request("http://credits.test/api/auth/balance",method: .get, encoding:JSONEncoding.default, headers: headers).responseJSON { response in
                switch response.result {
                case .success(let JSON):
                    let response = JSON as! NSDictionary
                    DispatchQueue.main.async {
                        self.balance = response["balance"]! as! Int
                case .failure:

My BalanceView file looks like this – nothing fancy, but shows the balance from the server!

import SwiftUI

struct BalanceView: View {
    @EnvironmentObject var balanceData: BalanceData
    var body: some View {

        VStack {
                .font(.system(size: 72))
                .font(.system(size: 18))

struct BalanceView_Previews: PreviewProvider {
    static var previews: some View {

Like I said, nothing special but there’s some useful tidbits of code there if you’re thinking of doing something similar.

I’m not a UI designer. Obviously

What’s next? Probably updating the users balance from the app.