Dependency Injection with PHP
Found this article while looking for an open source Dependency Injection engine for PHP. It is a really good summary of what Dependency Injection is and why programmers should use it.
In ColdFusion we use ColdSpring which is based on the Spring Framework for Java. It actually does a lot more than just DI but I am not concerned about that. What I really want is something that can handle the same kind of DI situations that ColdSpring does for PHP. I am currently working on a WordPress plugin for a freelance client which has turned out to be the most heavily object oriented PHP project I have done so far. I have been trying to translate a lot the best practices I have learned while working with ColdFusion over to PHP and came across a need for DI. What I ended up doing is creating a Factory that handles all of my object creation just like what is mentioned in the article by Ryan on PotStuck. I pass an array with all of my classes, their paths, and their dependencies, like so:
$classes = array ( 'EventBean' => array ( 'path' => 'model/Event.php', 'dependency' => array ( 'Venue' => 'VenueBean' ) ), VenueBean' => array ( 'path' => 'model/Venue.php' ) );
So far it is working pretty well but I am thinking about making a more substantial DI framework that I can use on many projects to come.