Dependency Injection and Containers

I realized I haven’t explained dependency injection or containers on here but I reference them in places (Controllers as Service) with little regard to the reads level of understanding.

Dependency Injection itself isn’t a complex subject. Here is an example:


class A{
    protected $dependencyOne;
    public function __construct($b) {
         $this->dependencyOne = $b;

class B{
    public function __construct(){
        echo 'hey';

$b = new B();
$a = new A($b);

So instead of A creating B since it needs it, you pass in B. That is dependency injection. Nothing more. Nothing to be scared about.

So a container is something this was built to help this process and do a little bit more.

Using or example above here is what it looks like using Pimple\Container.

$container = new Pimple\Container();

$container['b'] = function($c){
    return new B();

$container['a'] = function($c){
    return new A($c['b']);

So that seems like a lot of work to get a simple object into another but image a more complex tree. A->B->C->D,E,F,G,H->I. That would be a lot to type every time you needed A in your project. So instead you pass the container around or pass in A into the utility, controller or any other other class that might require A and the container takes care of the rest.

Like the Controllers as Service article, you can do some more complex requires without having to do it over and over again.

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Building an MVC while Refactoring – Part 2 – Controllers as a Service

I found hints of this while working on refactoring a project into using MVC.

Framework Independent Controllers by Matthias Noback

Pimple Container with Yaml by Gonzalo

Symfony post about Controllers as a service

Controllers as a Service.

Using Symfony’s Routing and Resolvers, it seems like a simple move.

Well it was(n’t). I tried this tutorials, Messing Around with Silex Pimple, one issue I found was that the Silex is still using v1 of Pimple which now has changed to Pimple\Container, removed the ->share method and just over all matured. So I needed find a way to do this outside of Silex and using a new version of Pimple’s Container.

The second part was fairly easy since ->share is now just = function($c) since its now the default.

The first part was the issue. How do I get Symfony’s Controller Resolver to work with Pimple outside of the Symfony Framework and not in Silex.

The hunt began.

I found this file that depended on the file below it:


It also depended on the symfony ControllerResolver but that was easy to add.

<?php use Symfony\Component\ClassLoader\MapClassLoader as MapClassLoader; use Symfony\Component\ClassLoader\UniversalClassLoader; use Pimple\Container; //temporary till mvc is setup use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request; use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Response; use Symfony\Component\Config\FileLocator; use Symfony\Component\Routing\Loader\YamlFileLoader; use Symfony\Component\Routing\RouteCollection; use Symfony\Component\Routing; use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel; use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\Controller\ControllerResolverInterface; $container['callback_resolver'] = function ($c) { return new \App\Component\CallbackResolver($c); }; $container['request'] = function($c) { return Request::createFromGlobals(); }; $container['resolver'] = function($c) { return new \App\Component\HttpKernel\Controller\ServiceControllerResolver(new HttpKernel\Controller\ControllerResolver(), $c['callback_resolver']); }; $container['routes'] = function($c) { return new RouteCollection(); }; $container['routes'] = $container->extend('routes', function(RouteCollection $routes) { $loader = new YamlFileLoader(new FileLocator(APP_DIR . '/Resource/config')); $collection = $loader->load('routes.yml'); $routes->addCollection($collection); return $routes; }); $container['context'] = function($c) { return new Routing\RequestContext(); }; $container['matcher'] = function($c) { return new Routing\Matcher\UrlMatcher($c['routes'], $c['context']); }; //Controller Service $container['index_controller'] = function($c) { return new \App\Controller\IndexController($c['database']); }; $container['config'] = function($c) { return; }; $container['kernel'] = function($c) { return new \App\Kernel($c['matcher'], $c['resolver']); }; $container['context']->fromRequest($container['request']); $response = $container['kernel']->handle($container['request']); $response->send();

Modified ServiceControllerResolver File from Silex Framework

Modified CallbackResolver File From Silex Framework

There are still somethings to work out with these files so that error handling / logging is taken care of. The services will soon be loaded by a yaml file but in all it was a great fix to make the controller have dependencies and not require being built to meet the Silex/Symfony only needs.

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