Function handling and functional programming

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Library for function handling and functional programming.


composer require improved/function




mixed function_call_named(callable $callable, array $namedArgs)

Do a function call with named parameters.

use Improved as i;

function greet(string $greeting, string $planet, string $exclamation = '') {
    return $greeting . ' ' . $planet . $exclamation;

i\function_call_named('greet', ['planet' => 'world', 'exclamation' => '!', 'greeting' => 'hello']);

If one or more required arguments aren't supplied, an ArgumentCountError is thrown.

i\function_call_named('greet', ['planet' => 'world']);
// ArgumentCountError: To few arguments to function {closure}(): missing greeting


callable function_pipe(callable ...$functions)

Combine all functions, piping the output from one function to the input of the other.

Each callable should only require one argument, use short closures fn() if needed.

use Improved as i;

$slugify = i\function_pipe(
    fn($str) => i\string_case_convert($str, i\STRING_LOWERCASE),
    fn($str) => preg_replace('/\W+/', '-', $str)

$slugify("Bonjour du monde / Français "); // "bonjour-du-monde-francais" 


callable function_all(callable ...$functions)

Call all functions sequentially. The arguments are passed to each function. The first argument is typically an accumulator.

Functions are expected to not return anything (void). If anything is returned, it's ignored.

use Improved as i;

$make = i\function_all(
    static function(ArrayObject $acc, array $opts): void {
        if (in_array('skip-prepare', $opts, true)) return;
        $acc[] = 'prepare';
    new Compiler(), // Invokable object
    static function(ArrayObject $acc, array $opts): void {
        $acc[] = 'finish';

$acc = new ArrayObject();
$opts = [/* ... */];

$make($acc, $opts);


callable function_tail_recursion(callable $callable)

Return an new function that decorates given function with tail recursion optimization.

In traditional recursion, the typical model is that you perform your recursive calls first, and then you take the return value of the recursive call and calculate the result. In this manner, you don't get the result of your calculation until you have returned from every recursive call.

The problem with traditional recursion is that it builds up a call stack, limiting the amount of recusion you should allow.

Warning: Uncaught Error: Maximum function nesting level of '256' reached, aborting!

In tail recursion, you perform your calculations first, and then you execute the recursive call, passing the results of your current step to the next recursive step. This results in the last statement being in the form of return recursive_function(params, accumulator).

The result is calculated via the accumulator, so the return value of any given recursive step is the same as the return value of the next recursive call.

$sum_of_range = i\function_tail_recursion(function ($from, $to, $acc = 0) use (&$sum_of_range) {
    if ($from > $to) {
        return $acc;
    return $sum_of_range($from + 1, $to, $acc + $from);

$sum_of_range(1, 10000); // 50005000;

Tail recursion optimization can automatically detect such a pattern and apply this as a consecutive call rather than nesting. Unfortunately this isn't implemented by PHP, so wrapping it in function_tail_recursion() is required.

Use function_tail_recursion in case of deep recursion (10+ levels).

Notes to reader

Instead of function_exists use is_callable().

The functions to get arguments (func_get_args, etc) or to pass args as array can't easily be included because they depend on the current call stack. The ...$args syntax is preferred anyway.

// Don't do this
function ($bar) {
    $rest = array_slice(func_get_args(), 1);
    // ...

// Do this instead
function ($bar, ...$rest) {
    // ...
// Don't do this
call_user_func_array('some_function', $myArgs);

// Do this instead