When you have a bug look up every function you do not understand

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Last Updated: 2022-12-01

I had the following in a test

<? php
  $advisor = factory(Advisor::class)->states('withUser')->make();

I briefly thought the call to make() was weird, especially since I used create elsewhere, but didn't investigate this.

An hour of debugging later, I realize the data was never persisted to the goddamn database since make does not save anything (a fact I only realized then)

The fix:

<? php
  $advisor = factory(Advisor::class)->states('withUser')->create();

Lesson

Early in the debugging stage, start looking up the exact meanings of functions you are even slightly unsure about.