A collection of PHP utilities to unlock various functionality in your applications

v1.0.3 2020-08-17 19:43 UTC

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Last update: 2021-04-17 21:16:03 UTC


A collection of PHP utilities to "unlock" various capabilities in your applications. pickset is comprised of several classes:

  • DatabaseConnection - a PDO connection wrapper, implemented as a singleton

  • DateUtils - methods for converting and working with dates and epoch values

  • Exception\LoggedException - an Exception that uses Logger to write a log entry even if it's caught

  • Logger - a text file logging facility, implemented as a singleton

  • TextUtils - methods for parsing and manipulating text strings


  • PHP 7.1 or better; some functions now have nullable return type declarations which aren't supported in older PHP versions.


You can install pickset either with or without Composer.

With Composer

Use Composer to require pickset into your project.

[user@host]$ composer require parseword/pickset

Require Composer's autoloader, alias whichever classes you want with the use statement for convenience, and go to town.

require_once(__DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php');

use parseword\pickset\{

echo 'The first second of today was ' . DateUtils::firstSecondOfDay() . PHP_EOL;

Without Composer

Use git to clone pickset into a subdirectory of your project.

[user@host]$ git clone pickset

In your code, you'll need to import the manual autoloader before you can use any of the classes, e.g.

require_once 'pickset/autoload-surrogate.php';

use parseword\pickset\{

echo '3409873325 bytes is ' . TextUtils::bytesToHuman(3409873325) . PHP_EOL;


There's no thorough documentation yet outside of the code comments. I needed to get this onto packagist quickly to import it from some other projects.

I'll add more documentation as time permits.