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Converts one resource to another (XML, JSON, Object, Array, Serialization).

2.0.0 2012-11-21 04:16 UTC

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A class that handles the detection and conversion of certain resource formats / content types into other formats. The current formats are supported: XML, JSON, Array, Object, Serialized



The class is pretty straight forward. If you want to convert something to another format, use the "to" methods.

$object = TypeConverter::toObject($resource);
$array = TypeConverter::toArray($resource);
$json = TypeConverter::toJson($resource);
$xml = TypeConverter::toXml($resource);
$ser = TypeConverter::toSerialize($resource);

If you want to detect what resource type it is, use the "is" methods. If you use the "to" methods above, it does automatic "is" detection.


If you want a string representation of what a resource is, use the default is() method.

$resource = array();
TypeConverter::is($resource); // array

Finally, you can convert an XML document into an array (must have SimpleXML).

$array = TypeConverter::xmlToArray($xml, TypeConverter::XML_MERGE);

When using xmlToArray(), you can define the format in which the node attributes and values are presented. The following constants are available.

XML_NONE  - Disregard XML attributes and only return the value.
XML_MERGE - Merge attributes and the value into a single dimension; the values key will be "value".
XML_GROUP - Group the attributes into a key of "attributes" and the value into a key of "value".
XML_OVERWRITE - Attributes will only be returned.

Be sure to set the content type when supporting UTF-8.

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">