How to Set Variables in a Laravel Blade Template

I’m reading the Laravel Blade documentation and I can’t figure out how to assign variables inside a template for use later. I can’t do {{ $old_section = "whatever" }} because that will echo “whatever” and I don’t want that.

I understand that I can do <?php $old_section = "whatever"; ?>, but that’s not elegant.

Is there a better, elegant way to do that in a Blade template?

Answer

It is discouraged to do in a view so there is no blade tag for it. If you do want to do this in your blade view, you can either just open a php tag as you wrote it or register a new blade tag. Just an example:

<?php
/**
 * <code>
 * {? $old_section = "whatever" ?}
 * </code>
 */
Blade::extend(function($value) {
    return preg_replace('/{?(.+)?}/', '<?php ${1} ?>', $value);
});