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Using a variable for the class name of a Singeton

Posted on 2008-10-19
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I can use a variable as the class name to create a new instance of the class.  But I can't figure out how to do it to call a function within the class as needed for a singleton.

This works:

$classname='Test';
$classvar=new $classname;
$classvar->setVar("Hello World");
$classvar->echoVar();

This does not:

$classname='Test';
$classvar=$classname::getInstance();
$classvar->setVar("Hello World");
$classvar->echoVar();


How can I use a variable as the name of a class to call a class's function?
Thanks.
<?php
class Test {
	private static $instance;
	private $variable;
	
	public function Test() {
	}
 
	public function getInstance () {
		if(empty(self::$instance)) {
			self::$instance = new Test();
		}
		return self::$instance;
	}
	
	public function setVar($v){
		$this->variable=$v;
	}
 
	public function echoVar(){
		echo $this->variable;
	}
}
?>

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Try this (I came across an example on a site called stackoverflow and adjusted it for you):

$classname='Test';
eval("$classvar = " . $classname . "::getInstance()");
var_dump($classvar);
$classvar->setVar("Hello World");
$classvar->echoVar();

You may be able to remove the eval wrapping the script, but I hope this helps either way.
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It needed a little adjustment, but it did the trick.  Can't believe I've never heard of eval() before!  That function will solve so many of my other gotcha's I run into! Thanks alot!

FYI: The "$" has to be escaped, and the eval'ed statement needs a semicolon:

$classname='Test';
eval("\$classvar = " . $classname . "::getInstance();");
//var_dump($classvar);
$classvar->setVar("Hello World");
$classvar->echoVar();
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No problem. Will be quite handy for me too :)
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