Posts Tagged ‘oop’

8 August, 2013 — Development, Snippets

Top 10 Useful PHP Classes

Having recently got into PHP5’s Object Orientated Programming I have found some amazing ready-made PHP classes. Below is a list of the top 10 classes I have found:

  1. Email – PHPMailer
  2. Membeship – PHP User Class
  3. Fetch RSS Feed – MagPie RSS
  4. mySQL Class – ThatBlogger
  5. Simple Template Class – ThatBlogger
  6. Trackback – PHP Trackback
  7. Template – Smarty
  8. BBCode Parser – BBCodes for PHP
  9. PayPal IPN Integration – Micah Carrick
  10. PDF Generation – dompdf

If you find any more funky PHP classes please post them in the comments I’d love to see them.

6 August, 2013 — Development, Snippets

Simple PHP Template Class

Update: Now available on GitHub here. Please commit improvements.

For a recent project of mine (newsletter system) I needed a simple but effective PHP class that would allow me to send a string of data and find every word with the curly bracket around it and replace it with a word or string.

For example in my newsletter system, I needed the email’s to be customized to the person it would be sending it to such as Dear Daniel… Dear James…. but during the loop to send the email I would need to get the script to switch {name} to be Daniel. To do this I found this amazing little PHP class that does just the job.


Click here to download Simple PHP Template Class.

The Usage

This class is very simple. You pass 3 variables into the function Replace.

  1. An array of keys and variables – the key will be what the script will look for in your template such as {name}. The value will be what {name} will be replaced with.
  2. The template string where the data will be replaced.
  3. If the template is case sensitive. Eg {Name} wouldn’t work in the below example where as {name} would.
// Array of variables to change, template string, case sensitive true/false
echo CurlyVariables::Replace(array('name' => $name, 'email' => $email), $string, true);

Any trouble please let me know in the comments below.

Photo by: Travis Isaacs

24 July, 2013 — Development, Snippets

Simple PHP MySQL Database Class

Update: Now available on GitHub here. Please commit improvements.

A while back now I decided to dive into OOP (Object-oriented programming) in PHP. Until then I had not really had any experience with OOP as functional PHP did the job just fine for me at the time. Now I have had some time getting to know OOP I realised why so many people now use it!

The first thing I wanted to learn was the basics and like with 90% of my projects this would involve a mySQL database connection and queries. That was where I began. Reading about the PDO class (a database package included in PHP) I quickly understood that using the class command “extends” I could write my own class to simplify my database interaction process.


Click here to download my mySQL database class. (Note: this class can be adjusted for other database types)

The Usage

Like with any class we need to initialize the class and assign it to a variable.

$database = new Database();

Then we can do any of the following…

Simple Insert Query
Simply insert records to a table.

// Simple Insert Query
$database->query('INSERT INTO mytable (FName, LName, Age, Gender) VALUES (:fname, :lname, :age, :gender)');

// Bind the data
$database->bind(':fname', 'John');
$database->bind(':lname', 'Smith');
$database->bind(':age', '24');
$database->bind(':gender', 'male');


Insert Multiple Records using a Transaction
You can insert multiple records using the transaction function. This allows you to run 1 query and multiple binds to insert a lot of rows at once.

// Begin the Transaction.

// Query
$database->query('INSERT INTO mytable (FName, LName, Age, Gender) VALUES (:fname, :lname, :age, :gender)');

// Bind the Data
$database->bind(':fname', 'Jenny');
$database->bind(':lname', 'Smith');
$database->bind(':age', '23');
$database->bind(':gender', 'female');

// Execute that data

// Bind the next set of data
$database->bind(':fname', 'Jilly');
$database->bind(':lname', 'Smith');
$database->bind(':age', '25');
$database->bind(':gender', 'female');

// Execute that data

// End the transaction

Get Last Insert ID
Simple – Get the ID of the last record inserted.

echo $database->lastInsertId();

Select a Single Row
Select just a single row of data from a table.

// Query
$database->query('SELECT FName, LName, Age, Gender FROM mytable WHERE FName = :fname');

// Bind data
$database->bind(':fname', 'Jenny');

// Next we run the single method and save it into the variable $row.
$row = $database->single();

echo "
echo "

Select Multiple Rows
Get a selection of rows from a table and add them to an array ready to be processed using foreach().

// Query
$database->query('SELECT FName, LName, Age, Gender FROM mytable WHERE LName = :lname');

// Bind data
$database->bind(':lname', 'Smith');

// Run the resultSet method and save it into the $rows variable.
$rows = $database->resultset();

echo "
echo "

Count Rows

// Display the number of records returned
echo $database->rowCount();

I hope you find this script useful. Please comment if you have any questions or found this useful.

Photo by: Chris Hsia