Most of the time we need to create several routes in order to determine possible routings and they must be declared in a specific order so they match. A great example is the declaration of the following:
/blog/:year-numeric/:month-numeric/:day-numeric /blog/:year-numeric/:month-numeric /blog/:year-numeric/ /blog/
However, we just wrote 4 routes for this when we can just use optional variables by using the
? symbol at the end of the placeholder. This tells the processor to create the routes for you in the most detailed manner first:
Caution Just remember that an optional placeholder cannot be followed by a non-optional one. It doesn't make sense.