Help me "get" Object Orientated PHP

Posted on 2011-03-10
Last Modified: 2016-02-14
I'm a reasonably decent PHP programmer but I just don't "get" the object orientated side and it's high time I sorted it out. This may not be worth 500 points but I thought I'd try anyway.

In the code snippet I have some code I've written to pull some info from a mongoDB. I realised I've used some classes in there but I haven't constructed any - they're just what the MongoDB driver provides.
In the foreach loop I have some variables that are printed out from the MongoDB. I'd like to make that foreach loop a class so that I can call something like:


which makes it nice and clean and simple. I figure if someone can help me create a class from something I've already written it might help me "get" classes and objects. All help gratefully considered.
try {
  // open connection to MongoDB server
  $conn = new Mongo('cbb-cs03-bt26-17');

  // access database
  $db = $conn->factdb;


  // access collection
  $collection = $db->hosts;

  // define what to find
  $host = array(
        'host' => $gethost
  // disconnect from server
} catch (MongoConnectionException $e) {
  die('Error connecting to MongoDB server');
} catch (MongoException $e) {
  die('Error: ' . $e->getMessage());

 $cursor = $collection->find($host);
  foreach ($cursor as $value) {
          echo '<tr><td><b>Environment</b></td><td>'.$value['facter']['environment']['value'].'</td><td>'.date("M j Y",$value['facter']['environment']['created_at']).'</td><td>'.date("M j Y",$value['facter']['environment']['updated_at']).'</td></tr>';
  echo '<tr><td><b>FQDN</b></td><td>'.$value['facter']['fqdn']['value'].'</td><td>'.date("M j Y",$value['facter']['fqdn']['created_at']).'</td><td>'.date("M j Y",$value['facter']['fqdn']['updated_at']).'</td></tr>';
  echo '<tr><td><b>Model</b></td><td>'.$value['allocations']['model']['value'].'</td><td>'.date("M j Y",$value['allocations']['model']['created_at']).'</td><td>'.date("M j Y",$value['allocations']['model']['updated_at']).'</td></tr>';


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Beverley Portlock earned 500 total points
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Have a read of this It illustrates a use of OOP that is often unregarded.

The key to OOP is to consider the operations you want to carry out and the data needed to support those operations, so in the example you want to consider, what are the functions you need to have? What information to you need to store? What are these


supposed to do or produce? Answer that and we can make a start.

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ID: 35096753
I'd like print-> Architecture to take a variable defined by

$value['facter']['environment']['value'] from the foreach loop and print it inside <td> tags essentially.

$value is defined by
$cursor = $collection->find($host);
  foreach ($cursor as $value) {

essentially I want a "print" class that has functions within that gets the values of array $value['factor']['environment']['value'] (replace environment with array values where necessary

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ID: 35096788
Just ftr bportlock, I'm going to read that article because it looks brilliant, exactly what I need to do but my brain is a bit frazzled today so will take a look tomorrow.
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by:Beverley Portlock
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"I'd like print-> Architecture to take a variable defined by

$value['facter']['environment']['value'] from the foreach loop and print it inside <td> tags essentially.

$value is defined by
$cursor = $collection->find($host);
  foreach ($cursor as $value) {

Hmmm.... a class for this already exists - its instance is called $collection. Is there a reason why you're Mongo as opposed to MySQLi or PDO?

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It'll do
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I wrote two different articles on OOP programming in PHP:

...and I just realized that the timestamp on this question is from 5 years ago. Strange that it just showed up in my feed...

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