Make PHP a more OOP-friendly place.

v0.3.0 2020-03-23 20:28 UTC

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This project is about making PHP more OOP-friendly place.

Imagine this: you're developing an enterprise application with Symfony and everything looks fancy and stuff...

...until you have to use explode() to split a string by a delimiter. Or to boilerplate your code with checks if a JSON is parsed without errors (ante-PHP 7.3). Or to make sure a string is not empty.

PHP by default does not provide OOP support for scalar types, so you won't be able to do $var = "foo"; $var->empty(); to soon (even if there there is an RFC about this).

About stability

Given it's early stage, it's difficult to maintain versions. The initial idea was:

  • 0.x.y version is to represent API version. When this lib will be mostly completed, 1.x.y will be released with major improvements, stability and more secure.
  • x.0.y version is to represent feature class, e.g. 0.1.0 - StringUtil, 0.2.0 - added ClassUtil, etc.
  • x.y.0 version is to represent feature class improvements, e.g. 0.1.1 - StringUtil fixes, 0.2.1 - ClassUtil new feature

But this is absurd to have. Sure, latest version should always have latest version from every util class. But the oldest will always be the more mature one.

And increasing the version tag after EACH commit is insanely difficult to maintain and manually do.

Given this, I recommend to always use dev-master, as it is always the latest version and contains the latest features and fixes. No, I won't BC stuff, v1.0.0 is happening on another branch and php-ext-oopize is happening on another repo. (Yes, I started to rewrite these features in zephir.)

And this happens because of two things:

  1. this is how this project came to life (StringUtil, NumberUtil and ClassUtil were written for one of my project)
  2. this is how and why I maintain, extend and improve this project.


Inside Util directory, there are defined various functionality. The implementation vary, as it can be either partially or fully static methods.

For example, StringUtil has fully static, while ArrayUtil is partially static (as you can use $foo = new ArrayUtil;)

Inside Traits directory, you'll have traits that is targeted for class usage.

E.g. instead of calling ClassUtil::callGetter($this, 'foo'); you can call $this->callGetter('foo');.

PHP Extension

As mentioned earlier, I've started to play around with Zephir. This means that this library will be available as a PHP extension (in order to better handle memory consumption), but a PHP polyfill will be released too, based on generated IDE stubs.