The objective of this piece of code is to get a message from a cryptocurrency daemon through RPC and extract the transactions object to pass it to the view. Is there a simpler / less ugly way of doing this?

$transaction_pool = json_decode($rpc->getTransactionPool(), false);

    $transaction_pool = $transaction_pool->transactions;
    $transaction_pool = (object)NULL;

View partial:

@forelse ($transaction_pool as $transaction)
<?php $transaction_json = json_decode($transaction->tx_json); ?>
    <div class="row show-grid top-row">
        <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-12 col-md-7">{{ $transaction->id_hash }}</div>
        <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-7 col-md-5 pull-right">
        @if ($transaction_json->version == 2)
            <div class="col-xs-7 col-md-6"><i class="fa fa-envelope-o"></i>&nbsp;confidential</div>
            <div class="col-xs-7 col-md-6">@coin($transaction_json->amount)</div>
            <div class="col-xs-5 col-md-6">@coin($transaction->fee)</div>
    <div class="row show-grid top-row">
        <div class="col-xs-12">No transactions</div>

<div class="panel-heading large">
    Transactions ({{ count($transaction_pool) }})
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    – Phrancis
    Mar 4, 2017 at 23:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes much better! \$\endgroup\$
    – Phrancis
    Mar 5, 2017 at 17:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you give examples of JSON returned from rpc for empty and not empty cases? \$\endgroup\$
    – Mike Brant
    May 4, 2017 at 18:24

1 Answer 1


I don't get the point where you cast null to object.

I'm not sure what are you trying to achive, but you can always make if 'less ugly'.

$transcations_pool = json_decode($rpc->getTransactionPool(), false);   
$transactions_pool = isset($transactions_pool->transactions) ? 
                         $transaction_pool->transactions : 
                         (object) null;

Also i would move div .show-grid to separate file and load it like this:

@include('path/to/file', [ 'transaction_json' => json_decode($transaction->tx_json) ])

Or you can implement special method like $transaction->decodeTxJson() to handle this decoding in $transaction class.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Ternary operators is a big NO here. \$\endgroup\$
    – codez
    Mar 5, 2017 at 9:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ To be honest this is way more readable to me. Three lines to show condition, true section and false section. But i understand some people find these as you called "big NO". \$\endgroup\$
    – rkd.me
    Mar 5, 2017 at 10:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ The object casting needs to be entirely removed. There are many clean approaches to do that. \$\endgroup\$
    – codez
    Mar 5, 2017 at 10:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @rk-dev.net Righto. I kinda forgot to add the crucial part of the code. I need to count() the result of the json_decode. Since it is not Countable it returns 1 even if it is empty. Edited the question. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ Mar 5, 2017 at 15:31

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