PHP Global Object Metadata Management

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Object Metadata is a package to help developer manage custom global object metadata. This package use WeakMap to control the data mapping with object instances.


composer require asika/object-metadata

Getting Started

Basic usage:

use Asika\ObjectMetadata\ObjectMetadata;

// Create any objects
$obj = new ArticleEntity();

// Get global main instance
$meta = ObjectMetadata::getInstance();

// Set custom metadata
$meta->set($obj, 'foo', 'Hello');

// Now you can get the data everywhere if this object still exists and not destruct yet
ObjectMetadata::getInstance()->get($obj, 'foo'); // Hello

// Available methods
$meta->get($obj, 'key');
$meta->set($obj, 'key', 'value');
$meta->has($obj, 'key');
$meta->remove($obj, 'key');
$meta->getMetadata($obj, 'key'); // array
$meta->setMetadata($obj, 'key', $data);

Use wrapper:

$obj = new ArticleEntity();
$meta = ObjectMetadata::getInstance();

$metaWrapper = $meta->wrapper($obj);
$metaWrapper->set('foo', 'Hello');


// Array Access
$metaWrapper['key'] = 'value';

// If object destructed, getting metadata will be NULL

$metaWrapper->get('foo'); // NULL


The ObjectMetadata is able to separate different scopes.

$meta = ObjectMetadata::getInstance('main'); // Main scope

$appMeta = ObjectMetadata::getInstance('app');

$dbMeta = ObjectMetadata::getInstance('db');

What is The Real Usage

The useful case for this package is that we can make some entity object or value object to be a rich object. for example, if a ORM uses data-mapper pattern, their entity object will be a anemic object which may not keep the ORM instance.

$item = new Article();

$item = $orm->createOne($item);

// This item will only contains pure data

If the ORM use this package to make themselves as entity metadata, we can make the Article entity as a rich object and has the capacity to all ORM to get another objects.

$orm->on('entity.prepare', function (object $entity, ORM $orm) {
    ObjectMetadata::getInstance('db')->set($entity, 'orm', $orm);

class Article 
    // ...

    // Article can use ObjectMetadata to get ORM instance.
    public function getComments() {
        $orm = ObjectMetadata::getInstance('db')->get($this, 'orm');
        return $orm->from(Comment::class)
            ->where('article_id', $this->getId())

// Now we can test it
$article = $orm->createEntity(Article::class);

$item = $orm->createOne($item);

// Article is able to call ORM to get another items from DB