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Symfony2 compiler pass with tags and custom attributes

It passed about half year since I scrat­ched Symfony2 Frame­work surface. Basics are behind me, now it’s time for middle-level stuff. I’m exci­ted to start a whole new Symfony rela­ted blog post series. I didn’t wanted to copy typi­cal tuto­rial topics. It would be waste of your time and my work. I thought it would be nice to show some code rela­ted to Symfony Depen­dency Injec­tion Conta­iner.

Tuto­rials usually show typi­cal conta­iner servi­ces defi­ni­tion. Boring stuff. I’m going to show you dyna­mic collec­tion of servi­ces passed into proces­sor service. The idea is that collec­tion doesn’t know its elements, so every bundle can define its own servi­ces to be added to collec­tion. The secret is tags. To add some spice, tagged service can be defi­ned with prio­rity. And we can specify that this proces­sor should be run at the begin­ning, and that at the end.

We’ll start with defi­ning common proces­sor inter­face and some basic imple­men­ta­tions.

Now it’s time for a service that proces­ses given argu­ment with all the proces­sors one by one.

We could define typi­cal conta­iner defi­ni­tions and pass proces­sors right into proces­sing service, but remem­ber about requ­ire­ment that exter­nal bundles can define their own proces­sors. We’ll use tags.

Now the key part: compi­ler pass defi­ni­tion.


At the first sight you may think that it’s a lot of logic to run to define stupid proces­sor. What about perfor­mance? No worries. Remem­ber, the compi­la­tion outcome is dumped into cache file on prod envi­ron­ment. All these fore­ach loops and prio­rity queues are being run only once.

Solu­tion is pretty gene­ric, you can easily adapt to your own needs. Of course code is on MIT license, so grab it and use in your own (even commer­cial) projects!

Happy PHP conta­iner compiling :-)


New Composer version constraints

Topic is not 0 day news. First commits adding new version constra­ints were added on decem­ber 2014. I’ll only mention what’s new:

  • when defi­ning logi­cal AND you can use space just like you use comma, so >1.0 <=1.5 is the same as >1.0,<=1.5
  • when defi­ning logi­cal OR you should (must?) use double pipe || instead of single pipe |
  • I’m sure you know tilde opera­tor ~1.5 (which means you’re inte­re­sted in versions >=1.5,<2), new caret opera­tor ^ was intro­du­ced, ^1.2.3 defi­ni­tion means >=1.2.3,<2, so the change is you can more preci­sely define star­ting version; if you would like to define the same constra­int without caret opera­tor you would need to write ~1.2,>=1.2.3, so new opera­tor is more concise
  • the last one, hyphen opera­tor - is inclu­sive set of versions, it’s a kind of myste­rious to me, 1.0 - 2.0 is equiva­lent to >=1.0.0 <2.1 and 1.0.0 - 2.1.0 is equiva­lent to >=1.0.0 <=2.1.0 (take a look at compo­ser doc and then matcher source code)

SPL iterators with closure context switching

Some time ago I redi­sco­ve­red PHP SPL library. After reading Joshua Thijssen’s Maste­ring the SPL Library I found out that some­ti­mes I was reinven­ting the wheel in my code, sorry (employ­ers and custo­mers). Itera­tors are one of the SPL library compo­nents. To add more spice to code I’ll show some kind of Java­Script magic using closures.

Simplest and best itera­tor definition:

Itera­tors are PHP’s way of dealing with abstrac­ting away the traver­sal logic from the busi­ness logic. This, in one sentence, sums up what an itera­tor is. [J. Thijs­sen : Maste­ring…, p. 68]

My goal for today is to show you how to use Itera­to­rAg­gre­gate with Call­back­Fil­te­rI­te­ra­tors to filter out files not meeting our requ­ire­ments.

Feel free to use this class in your own projects.