PHP classes to strictly define member structure, to control their data types, and to add convenience methods.

0.4.2 2018-02-21 02:30 UTC


PHP classes to strictly define member structure, to control their data types, and to add convenience methods. The master branch is considered to be in constant development. Once stability is achieved it is then tagged.


This declares the convenience methods that are to be implemented in the classes below.


Copies all matching member names while maintaining original types and doing a deep copy where appropriate. This method silently ignores extra properties in the input object, leaves unmatched properties in the current class untouched, and skips names starting with an underscore (per Zend Framework coding style).

Input can be an object or an array. A NULL or FALSE will set the Typed object to it's default values.


Returns an associative array of this object with only the appropriate members. A deep copy/conversion to an associative array from objects is also performed. Options can be set for the returned array and are stored in the ArrayOptions class. The top level setting will override each nested object of type Typed, though nested objects will retain their original settings.

  • OMIT_EMPTY: null or empty members are omitted to shrink storage or transmission needs.
  • OMIT_RESOURCE: resource IDs are meaningless for transmitted data.
  • SWITCH_ID: a top level member with the name "id_" is assumed to be intended to be a Mongo primary key and the name is changed to "_id".
  • KEEP_JSON_EXPR: objects of type Zend\Json\Expr remain untouched.
  • TO_BSON_DATE: conversion of all objects with a DateTime lineage to MongoDB\BSON\UTCDateTime with all times assumed to be UTC. MongoDB\BSON\UTCDateTime objects will remain untouched.
  • SWITCH_NESTED_ID: pass the current SWITCH_ID state to nested objects.

getArrayOptions & setArrayOptions

These manage the usage of the options for how these classes are converted to an array.


TypedInterface extends the builtin Serializable and JsonSerializable classes which TypedArray and TypedClass both implement. TypedClass also implements the interface MongoDB\BSON\Persistable from the MongoDb extension.

The Serializable classes are coded to store the minimum data required to fully rebuild the data classes, and make use of extensive self-checking in the Typed classes. Many of the housekeeping properties are not serialized.

The implementations of JsonSerializable and Persistable only return the user defined members. A Typed class or array can be reconstituted by passing the JSON string to the appropriate constructor. The options for converting these classes to an array will then be the default values.


The derivitives of TypedClass are contracted to do these things:

  • Member/property access will behave like any standard PHP object.
  • Maintain the initial type of each member/property.
  • Silently cast data assigned to properties in the most obvious way when input is of a different type.
  • Use setter methods based on property name to further handle input data, like filtering.
  • Use getter methods based on property name to handle output, like formatting.
  • Impliment “toArray” to return a deeply transformed standard associative array.
  • Handle special cases of members/properties that are objects with an option for handling NULL assignments.
  • Accept another object, associative or indexed array, and assign the input values to the appropriate members.
    • Copy each field or property item by item.
    • Copy indexed array by position.
    • Map alternate names to proper names.
    • Reset single property or entire object's members to their default values.

The users class properties must be declared as protected or private. The names for the properties must follow the naming convention that the intended public members must NOT start with an underscore. This borrows from the Zend Framework property naming convention of protected and private property names start with an underscore.

These properties must also be initialized with a value. The values' initial type is stored within the object and used to cast new values to the same type.

More complex types can be set with array notation as such:

class MyClass extends Diskerror\Typed\TypedClass
    protected $myDate = ['__type__' => 'DateTime', 'now'];
    protected $myString = 'default value';


The instances or derivatives of TypedArray are contracted to do these things:

  • It will otherwise behave like a standard PHP associative array.
  • Every member be the same type.
  • Silently cast assigned data in the most obvious way when input is of a different type.
  • Impliment “toArray” to return a deeply transformed associative array.

DateTime and Date

These two classes have been moved from Utilities and that repository is now considered obsolete. These classes add convenience methods to the built-in PHP DateTime class. This includes the __toString method that returns a date-time string formatted for the default MySQL date-time format, and also adds handling of DateTime for MongoDB.

Classes for autoload

These next two classes are best thought of as namespaces of functions. Class design is used to activate the autoload feature of PHP.


Cast contains static methods to return the input cast to the basic scalars or an array.


Utility class that outputs properly formatted partial SQL strings based on the input data. Both accept an input array, and an array where the values are the names of members to include from the first array. An empty array means to use all members.


Returns a string formatted for an SQL INSERT or UPDATE statement. Accepts an array where the values are the names of members to include. An empty array means to use all members.


Returns a string formatted for an SQL "ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE" statement.


> composer require diskerror/typed