A library for manipulating collections the lazy way

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Lazy Collection

A library for manipulating collections the lazy way

composer require voltra/lazy-collection

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Using the library

use LazyCollection\Stream;

There are two ways you can use this library :

  • using the factory functions (in the LazyCollection namespace)
  • using the factory static methods


There are a few functions predefined for you :

  • collect(...$args) which creates a stream from the series of arguments
  • stream($iterable) which creates a stream wrapping the given iterable
  • infiniteRange($start, $step) which creates an infinite stream of numbers starting from $start incremented by $step
  • range($start = 0, $end = null, $step = 1) which creates an kind of numbers range
  • splitBy($str, $separator, $removeEmptyStrings = true) which creates a stream of strings by splitting $str into parts using $separator
  • splitByRegex($str, $re, $removeEmptyStrings = true) which creates a stream of strings by splitting $str into parts using the regular expression $re (cf. [preg_split](Make a stream by splitting a string in parts using a regular expression))


  • Stream::fromIterable($iterable)
  • Stream::range($start = 0, $end = null, $step = 1)
  • Stream::splitBy($str, $separator, $removeEmptyStrings = true
  • splitByRegex($str, $re, $removeEmptyStrings = true)

Extend the library

Stream provides utilities to add methods and factories :

  • Stream::registerMethod($name, $method) which can return an instance of Stream or something else
  • Stream::registerFactory($name, $factory) which should return an instance of Stream
use LazyCollection\Stream;

Stream::registerMethod("mapTo42", static function(){
     * @var Stream $this
    return $this->map(static function(){ return 42; });

Stream::fromIterable([1, 2, 3])
    ->toArray(); //-> [42, 42, 42]

Stream::registerFactory("answerToLife", function(){
    $gen = (static function(){
        yield 42;
    return new static($gen, false); // new static($generator, $isAssociative)
    return static:fromIterable([42]);

Stream::answerToLife()->toArray(); //-> [42]

Why use this library

Its goal is to provide a standalone library for collection manipulation with an elegant and fluent syntax and performance.

Because of its design, the following pieces are strictly equivalent in terms of complexity :

$items = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6];
$results = [];

foreach($items as $item){
    $mapped = 3 * $item - 2; // models 3x-2
    if($mapped % 2 === 0)
        $results[] = $mapped;

$streamResults = Stream::fromIterable($items)
    ->map(function($x){ return 3 * $x - 2; })
    ->filter(function($x){ return $x % 2 === 0; })

// $results is the same as $streamResults

No matter how much operations you use, it will always be O(n). The equivalent of a single for-loop.

Note that some operations like reverse or the likes of unique and sort are considered eager operations (or stateful) as they need to iterate over the entire stream once before emitting values themselves.

The point is, any operation you do cost, in the worst case scenario, as much as what you could write by hand.


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