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Data transfer library that helps you to deal with unknown data

v0.0.1 2020-05-04 10:04 UTC

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No need to read the details regarding the motivation behind the DTO?

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We tried to solve this conundrum:

$user = $client->getUser();

// How do we access user's name?
// Like this?
echo $user['name'];

// Or is it more like this?
echo $user['first_name'];

// I don't remember, it's been while...
// Is it something like this?
echo $user['full_name'];

// Or was it camelCased?!
echo $user['fullName'];

And now, with the Data Transfer Library:


use \Litea\DataTransfer\DataObject;

class User extends DataObject
     * @var string
     * @dto-property first_name
     * So it was snake_case after all...
    public $fistName;

     * @var string
     * @dto-property LastName
     * And last name is PascalCased? What?
     * It's weird API we're dealing with, indeed.
     * Fortunately we can easily rename it for our purposes.
    public $lastName;

$response = $client->getUser();
$user = User::create($response);

// There we go!
// Now, we've got an auto-completion and everything.
echo $user->firstName;
echo $user->lastName;

📖 Documentation

Bellow you will find the basic usage of this library. For more details see the documentation located in the docs directory of this repository.

Table of contents


When dealing with an external data, it usually comes in very generic and dynamic form which is hard to reason about when returning to your code after a while.

This can be solved by so-called Data Transfer Objects (DTOs), which provide object wrapper with static and hopefully typed properties through which you can access the underlying values.

These objects get repetitive very quickly and after second or third DTO you reach for good old CTRL+C, CTRL+V which can be very error prone and hard to maintain.

This is a real-life example of DTO object that helps you to give you better control over the incoming data:


class InitCallResponse
    public const REDIRECT_URL = 'redirectURL';
    public const REQUEST_ID = 'requestID';

     * @var string
    public $redirectUrl;

     * @var string
    public $requestId;

     * InitCallResponse constructor.
     * @param string $redirectUrl
     * @param string $requestId
    public function __construct(string $redirectUrl, string $requestId)
        $this->redirectUrl = $redirectUrl;
        $this->requestId = $requestId;

     * @param array $data
     * @return self
     * @throws MissingDataTransferPropertyException
    public static function create(array $data): self
        $required = [

        foreach ($required as $field) {
            if (!array_key_exists($field, $data)) {
                throw new MissingDataTransferPropertyException(sprintf(
                    'Mandatory field %s is missing in response data',

        return new self(

As you can see when you need to maintain dozens of those it becomes very self-evident that there is a place for improvement. That's why we decided to extract some of the common DTO features and provide them in the form of this package.


The easiest way to install this library is using composer:

composer require litea/dto

Basic usage

Without DTO


// Include composer's auto-loading features
require_once __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

$client = new \GuzzleHttp\Client();
$response = $client->request('GET', '');
$post = json_decode((string)$response->getBody(), true);

// Now we access the data:
$postId = $post['id'];
$authorId = $post['authorId'];
$title = $post['tilte'];

// And the result:
// Notice: Undefined index: authorId in index.php on line 18
// Notice: Undefined index: tilte in index.php on line 19
// What?!
// We need to refer to the API documentation or run the code and
// debug it to find out what does the response body actually look like.
// As you can see, this is very error prone. First we find out, that 
// the field for accessing author's id is actually named `userId`.
// Then we might discover the typo we made and correct `tilte` to `title`.

Now imagine you use this service multiple times across your application. You need to pay extra attention to not to make mistakes or typos regarding the field namings. Your IDE can't help you here.

With DTO

First of all we need an object, that will represent the data:

namespace MyApp\DTO;

class Post extends \Litea\DataTransfer\DataObject
    public string $id;
    public int $userId;

Then we fetch the data as usual:


// ...
// first lines are the same
// then we get the post:
$postRaw = json_decode((string)$response->getBody(), true);

// Now we wrap it up with the DTO magic:
$post = MyApp\DTO\Post::create($postRaw);

// Now we know the structure we are dealing with:
$postId = $post->id;
$authorId = $post->userId; 

// And then, they lived happily ever after...
// The end

That's it. As you can see, in the simplest form using the DTO object is the matter of defining one class that extends Litea\DataTransfer\DataObject and then calling MyObject::create.

To learn more about available configuration options see the documentation or the working examples.