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Non-persistent way to use arrays as database.


Package is available on Packagist, you can install it using Composer.

composer require phpfluent/arraystorage


The examples below are using the following use statement at the beginning of the file:

use PHPFluent\ArrayStorage\Storage;

Creating and returning a collection

$storage = new Storage();
$storage->users; // This is a collection

Inserting records to a collection

You can use a single array:

$storage = new Storage();
$storage->users->insert(['name' => 'Henrique Moody']);

But you also can use a Record object:

use PHPFluent\ArrayStorage\Record;

$storage = new Storage();
$record = new Record();
$record->name = 'Henrique Moody';


You can create a Record object from Storage object:

$storage = new Storage();

$record = $storage->users->record(); // You also can provide default data, like an array or stdClass
$record->name = 'Henrique Moody';


An important point to note is that, after you insert the record to the collection object it gives to the record an unique (incremental integer) id property.

Removing records from a collection

$storage = new Storage();
$storage->users->delete(['name' => 'Henrique Moody']);

Removing all records from a collection

$storage = new Storage();

Finding multiple records into a collection

$storage->users->findAll(['status !=' => false]); // Return an Collection object with the partial result (if any)

Finding single record into a collection

$storage->users->find(['priority >=' => 4]); // Return an Record object with the first matched result (if any) or NULL

Using Criteria object

$criteria = $storage->users->criteria();
         ->bar->in([1, 2, 3])
         ->qux->like('This _s spart%')
         ->quux->iLike('tHiS _S sPaRt%')
         ->corge->between(array(1, 42))


Transforming data into other formats

Sometimes you want to convert data into other formats, for that cases we have the converters.

The converters accept any object that implements Traversable interface and since Record, Collection and Storage classes implements this interface you are able to convert any of them into other formats.

For the examples below we assume you have the follow use statements:

use PHPFluent\ArrayStorage\Converter;


Converts data into an array.

$converter = new Converter\Arr();
$converter->convert($storage->collectionName); // Returns an array with the records as array too

If you do not want to convert the children of the object (values that also implement Traversable interface) you just have to define a flag on the constructor of this converter, like:

$converter = new Converter\Arr(false);
$converter->convert($storage->collectionName); // Returns an array of Record objects


Converts data into JSON format.

$converter = new Converter\Json();
$converter->convert($storage->collectionName); // Returns an string with the JSON

You also can define json_encode() options on the constructor of this converter, like:

$converter = new Converter\Json(JSON_NUMERIC_CHECK);
$converter->convert($storage->collectionName); // Returns the JSON but encodes numeric strings as numbers

We use JSON_PRETTY_PRINT as default option.


Converts data into XML format.

$converter = new Converter\Xml();
$converter->convert($storage->collectionName); // Returns an string with the XML