Simple Serializer

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Language: PHP

1.1 2014-08-28 12:06 UTC


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Simple-Serializer allows you to serialize your objects into a requested output format such as JSON. The library is written to work with DTO objects in the REST services.

Built-in features include:

  • (de-)serialize object graphs
  • supports boolean, integer, double, DateTime<format>, array, T, array<T>, null types, where "T" - is some PHP object.
  • configurable via YAML
  • three unserialize mode (non-strict, medium strict, strict)

Unserialize mode: Non-Strict mode - serializer does not check incoming parameters Medium Strict - serializer extra check incoming parameters and if they exist throw InvalidArgumentException Strict - serializer extra check incoming parameters completely as expected if there are extra arguments or missing some, it throws an exception.

Some Restrictions:

  • object must have configuration for serialize/unserialize

Possible TODO list:

  • (de-)serialize object graphs of any complexity including circular references
  • configurable via PHP, XML, or annotations
  • custom integrates with Doctrine ORM, et. al.

It should be noted that Simple-Serializer is realy simple library with minimum configuration, but it provides wide opportunity for create REST API.

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To install Simple-Serializer with Composer just add the following to your composer.json file:

    // composer.json
        // ...
        require: {
            // ...
            "opensoft/simple-serializer": "dev-master"

Then, you can install the new dependencies by running Composer's update command from the directory where your composer.json file is located:

$ php composer.phar update


                expose: true
                type: string
                serialized_name: foo
                since_version: 1.0
                until_version: 2.0
                groups: ['get','patch']
  • expose
    • true
    • false (default)
  • type
    • integer
    • boolean
    • double
    • string
    • array
    • T - fully qualified class name
    • array<T>
    • DateTime
    • DateTime<format>
    • format could be name of DateTime constant (COOKIE, ISO8601), string or empty (default format is ISO8601)
  • serialized_name
    • default value is equal name property
  • since_version
    • string
  • until_version
    • string
  • groups
    • array

Serializing Objects

Most common usage is probably to serialize objects. This can be achieved very easily:

    //get Serializer
    $serializer = $this->getSerializer();
    $string = $serializer->serialize($object);
    //Serialize array of the objects
    $string = $serializer->serialize(array($object));
    //Serialize specific groups
    $string = $serializer->serialize($object);
    //Serialize specific version
    $string = $serializer->serialize($object);

Deserializing Objects

You can also unserialize objects from JSON representation. For example, when accepting data via an API.

    //get Fully\Qualified\ClassName
    $object = $this->getClassName();
    //get Serializer
    $serializer = $this->getSerializer();
    $object = $serializer->unserialize($jsonData, $object);
    //Unserialize array of the objects
    $objects = $serializer->unserialize($jsonData, array($object));
    //Unserialize specific groups
    $object = $serializer->unserialize($jsonData, $object);
    //Unserialize specific version
    $object = $serializer->unserialize($jsonData, $object);
    //Strict unserialize mode
    $object = $serializer->unserialize($jsonData, $object);
    //Medium Strict unserialize mode
    $object = $serializer->unserialize($jsonData, $object);
    //Non-Strict unserialize mode
    $object = $serializer->unserialize($jsonData, $object);