Super powered collections

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v1.0.0 2017-08-05 08:56 UTC

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This library implements a few helpful collection classes and interfaces.


This class behaves exactly like an array, but only allows items of a specified type:

$monkeys = new \Collection\TypedArray(Monkey::class);

$monkeys->add(new Monkey('Bubbles')); // OK
$monkeys[] = new Monkey('King Kong'); // OK
$monkeys->add(new Snake('Kaa')); // throws CollectionException

// You can iterate over the collection
foreach ($monkeys as $monkey) {
    echo $monkey->getName();

Adding items to a collection

You can add items in the regular array way:

$monkeys[] = new Monkey('King Kong');

Or use the add() method

$monkeys->add(new Monkey('King Kong'));

Identifiable interface

The Identifiable class forces a class to implement the identifier() method. This method should return a key that makes this instance of a class unique. Maybe it's an ID, a key, a name, or an email address, as long as it uniquely identifies the item.

class Monkey implements \Collection\Identifiable
    protected $name;
    public function __construct($name)
        $this->name = $name;

    public function identifier()
        return $this->name;

When adding instances of this class to a collection, the identifier will automatically be used as the key:

$monkeys = new \Collection\TypedArray(Monkey::class);

$m1 = new Monkey('George');
$m2 = new Monkey('Koko');

$monkeys[] = $m1; // array contains 1 item
$monkeys[] = $m2; // array contains 2 item
$monkeys[] = $m2; // array still contains 2 items!
$monkeys->add($m2); // array still contains 2 items!

$monkeys->hasKey('George')); // returns true
$monkeys->hasKey('King Kong')); // returns false
isset($monkeys['George']); // returns true

Using collections in classes

class Zoo
    protected $monkeys;

    public function __construct()
        $this->monkeys = new Collection\TypedArray(Monkey::class);

    public function getMonkeys()
        return $this->monkeys;

$zoo = new Zoo();
$zoo->getMonkeys()->add(new Monkey('Koko');

foreach ($zoo->getMonkeys() as $monkey() {