Upgrade your ZF1 classes to PSR-0 Autoload

As a Zend Framework 1 user I loved the simplicity of the class naming convention, being Folder_Subfolder_ClassName. However as you probably know, these class names get really quite long! The latest PHP as you already know uses namespaces and allows for shorter classnames that wont clash with each other. Now I have added an API to my website using the incredible Apigility (http://apigility.org) which was built in Zend Framework 2, I thought it would be nice to upgrade my existing classes to autoload PSR-0 style, so I can eventually migrate easily across.

First thing then, you need composer installed. If you’ve been following my blog, or using any other vendors packages, you’ll already have it in your project.

In ZF1, the library folder was where you would keep your different modules/packages/classes. I have a library called TTB. So in the TTB folder, create an src folder, and another TTB folder in there (this is a quirk of PSR-0, but trust me). In that folder, recreate your classes. Changes aren’t very difficult:

<?php
namespace TTB\Form;
use TTB\Form\Element;

class Contact extends \Zend_Form
{
    //etc
}

The line TTB_Form_Contact extends Zend_Form is shortened by way of the namespace line at the top to just become Contact, and the Zend_Form gets a backslash in front of it as it is in the global namespace. You also specify use  to import any other classes into the namespace. Now we can call Textbox instead of Element\Textbox or TTB\Form\Element\Textbox.

You probably know all this stuff anyway! The point is, to get it autoloading in your project!

So in your index file of your ZF1 project, require once vendor/autoload.php. And in your composer.json, add the following:

"autoload": {
     "psr-0": {
         "TTB" : "application/library/TTB/src/"
     }
 }

Finally, run composer dump-autoload in the terminal from your site root, and this will generate the classmap. You are now ready for PSR-0 compliance! Now you just need to spend all day refactoring! It’ll be worth it when you take your old project to a new framework!  😉

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