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ICanBoogie is a high-performance micro framework for PHP 5.4+. It is written with speed, flexibility and lightness in mind. ICanBoogie doesn't try to be an all-in-one do-it-all solution but provides the essential features to quickly and easily build web applications.

ICanBoogie packages offers the following features: Prototypes, ActiveRecords, Internationalization, Modules, a RESTful API, Request/Dispatch/Rescue/Response, Operations, Events, Sessions, Routing, Caching and more.

Together with Brickrouge and Patron, ICanBoogie is one of the components that make the CMS Icybee. You might want to check these projects too.


MooTools, Ruby on Rails, Yii, and of course Bacara.

Working with ICanBoogie

ICanBoogie tries to leverage the magic features of PHP as much as possible: getters/setters, invokable objects, array access, stringifiable objects, closures… with the goal of creating a coherent framework which requires less typing and most of all less guessing.

Applications created with ICanBoogie often have a very concise code, and a fluid flow.

Getters and setters

Magic properties are used in favour of getter and setter methods (e.g. getXxx() or setXxx()). For instance, DateTime instances provide a minute magic property instead of getMinute() and setMinute() methods:


use ICanBoogie\DateTime;

$time = new DateTime('2013-05-17 12:30:45', 'utc');
echo $time;         // 2013-05-17T12:30:45Z
echo $time->minute; // 30

$time->minute += 120;
echo $time;         // 2013-05-17T14:30:45Z

The getter/setter feature provided by the Prototype package allows you to create read-only or write-only properties, type control, properties façades, fallbacks to generate default values, forwarding properties, lazy loading…

Type control

Getters and setters are often used to control a property type. For instance, the timezone property of the Core instance always returns a TimeZone instance no matter what it is set to:


$core->timezone = 3600;
echo get_class($core->timezone); // ICanBoogie\TimeZone
echo $core->timezone;            // Europe/Paris

$core->timezone = 'Europe/Madrid';
echo get_class($core->timezone); // ICanBoogie\TimeZone
echo $core->timezone;            // Europe/Madrid

Invokable objects

Objects performing a main action are simply invoked to perform that action. For instance, a prepared database statement whose main purpose is to query the database doesn't have an execute() method, it is invoked to perform its purpose:


# DB statements

$statement = $core->models['nodes']->prepare('UPDATE {self} SET title = ? WHERE nid = ?');
$statement("Title 1", 1);
$statement("Title 2", 2);
$statement("Title 3", 3);

This applies to database connections, models, requests, responses, translators… and many more.


$pages = $core->models['pages'];
$pages('SELECT * FROM {self_and_related} WHERE YEAR(created_on) = 2013')->all;


use ICanBoogie\HTTP\Request;

$request = Request::from($_SERVER);
$response = $request();

# I18n translator

use ICanBoogie\I18n\Locale;

$translator = Locale::get('fr')->translator;
echo $translator('I can Boogie'); // Je sais danser le Boogie 

Collections as arrays

Collections of objects are always managed as arrays, whether they are records in the database, models, modules, database connections…


$core->models['nodes'][123];   // fetch record with key 123 in nodes
$core->modules['nodes'];       // obtain the Nodes module
$core->connections['primary']; // obtain the primary database connection

$request['param1'];            // fetch param of the request named `param1`, returns `null` if it doesn't exists

$response->headers['Cache-Control'] = 'no-cache';
$response->headers['Content-Type'] = 'text/html; charset=utf-8'; 

Objects as strings

A lot of objects in ICanBoogie can be used as strings:


$time = new DateTime('2013-05-17 12:30:45', 'Europe/Paris');

echo $time;                           // 2013-05-17T12:30:45+0200
echo $time->minute;                   // 30
echo $time->zone;                     // Europe/Paris
echo $time->zone->offset;             // 7200
echo $time->zone->location;           // FR,48.86667,2.3333348.86667
echo $time->zone->location->latitude; // 48.86667

use ICanBoogie\HTTP\Headers;

$headers = new Headers;
$headers['Cache-Control'] = 'no-cache';
echo $headers['Cache-Control'];       // no-cache

$headers['Cache-Control']->cacheable = 'public';
$headers['Cache-Control']->no_transform = true;
$headers['Cache-Control']->must_revalidate = false;
$headers['Cache-Control']->max_age = 3600;
echo $headers['Cache-Control'];       // public, max-age=3600, no-transform

use ICanBoogie\HTTP\Response;

$response = new Response('ok', 200);
echo $response;                       // HTTP/1.0 200 OK\r\nDate: Fri, 17 May 2013 15:08:21 GMT\r\n\r\nok

echo $core->models['pages']->own->visible->filter_by_nid(12)->order('created_on DESC')->limit(5);
// SELECT * FROM `pages` `page` INNER JOIN `nodes` `node` USING(`nid`)  WHERE (`constructor` = ?) AND (`is_online` = ?) AND (siteid = 0 OR siteid = ?) AND (language = "" OR language = ?) AND (`nid` = ?) ORDER BY created_on DESC LIMIT 5

Creating an instance from data

Most classes provide a from() static method that can be used to create an instance of that class from various data type. This is especially true for sub-classes of the Object class, which can create instances from arrays of properties. ActiveRecords are a perfect example of this feature:


use Icybee\Modules\Nodes\Node;

$node = new Node;
$node->uid = 1;
$node->title = "Title";


$node = Node::from([ 'uid' => 1, 'title' => "Title" ]);

Some classes don't even provide a public constructor and rely solely on the from() method. For instance, Request instances can only by created using the from() method:


use ICanBoogie\HTTP\Request;

# Creating the initial request from the $_SERVER array

$initial_request = Request::from($_SERVER);

# Creating a local XHR post request with some parameters

$custom_request = Request::from([

    'path' => '/path/to/controller',
    'is_post' => true,
    'is_local' => true,
    'is_xhr' => true,

    'request_params' => [

        'param1' => 'value1',
        'param2' => 'value2'




Auto-config is a feature of ICanBoogie that automatically generate a configuration file from the low-level components available. Currently, it defines configuration constructors; paths to component configurations; paths to locale message catalogs; and paths to modules.

To participate in the auto-config process, packages define a "icanboogie.json" file matching the icanboogie-schema.json schema. A "icanboogie.json" file can also be defined at the root of the application, beside the "composer.json" file.

The auto-config file is generated after the autoloader is dumped, during the post-autoload-dump emitted by Composer. Thus, in order for the auto-config feature to work, a script for the event is required in the root package of the application:

    "scripts": {
        "post-autoload-dump": "ICanBoogie\\AutoConfig\\Generator::on_autoload_dump"

Using the auto-config to instantiate the Core

Using the auto-config feature, the Core instance can be created very easily:


$core = new ICanBoogie\Core(require ICanBoogie\AUTOCONFIG_PATHNAME);


The core is running

The ICanBoogie\Core::run event of class ICanBoogie\Core\RunEvent is fired when the core is running.

Third parties may use this event to alter various states of the application, starting with the initial request.

The following code illustrate how the event can be used to retrieve the website corresponding to the request and select the locale and time zone that should be used by the framework. Also, the code patches the contextualize() and decontextualize() routing helpers to alter the paths according to the website's path.


namespace Icybee\Modules\Sites;

use ICanBoogie\Routing;

$core->events->attach(function(\ICanBoogie\Core\RunEvent $event, \ICanBoogie\Core $target) {

    $target->site = $site = Model::find_by_request($event->request);
    $target->locale = $site->language;

    if ($site->timezone)
        $target->timezone = $site->timezone;

    $path = $site->path;

    if ($path)
        Routing\Helpers::patch('contextualize', function ($str) use ($path)
            return $path . $str;

        Routing\Helpers::patch('decontextualize', function ($str) use ($path)
            if (strpos($str, $path . '/') === 0)
                $str = substr($str, strlen($path));

            return $str;

Request dispatchers are collected

The ICanBoogie\HTTP\Dispatcher::collect event of class ICanBoogie\HTTP\Dispatcher\CollectEvent is fired when dispatchers are collected, just before the main dispatcher is instantiated.

Third parties may use this event to register dispatchers or alter dispatchers.

The following code illustrate how a hello dispatcher, that returns "Hello world!" when the request matches the path "/hello", can be registered.


use ICanBoogie\HTTP\Dispatcher;
use ICanBoogie\HTTP\Request;
use ICanBoogie\HTTP\Response;

$core->events->attach(function(Dispatcher\CollectEvent $event, Dispatcher $target) {

    $event->dispatchers['hello'] = function(Request $request) {

        if ($request->path === '/hello')
            return new Response('Hello world!');


Getting started


Low-level components of the framework are configured using configuration files. The default configuration files are available in the /config/ folder. To override the configuration or part of it, you can provide the path or paths to your own configuration files.

For instance, defining the primary database connection:

1. Edit your core configuration file e.g. /protected/all/config/core.php with the following lines:


// protected/all/config/core.php

return [

    'connections' => [

        'primary' => [

            'dsn' => 'mysql:dbname=<databasename>;host=<hostname>',
            'username' => '<username>',
            'password' => '<password>'



2. Define the config folder of your application in the icanboogie.json file:

    "config-path": "protected/all/config/"

3. Create the core object:


$core = new ICanBoogie\Core( ICanBoogie\get_autoconfig() );

Running the Core and returning a response

Before we can process requests we need to run the framework, which indexes modules and select the context for the application.

Although they are usually defined in configuration fragments, once the framework is running we can just as easily add routes or attach events.

Finally we can execute the initial HTTP request and return its response.


// index.php

# Running the core returns the initial request.

$request = $core();

# Here we could add routes or attach events but we'll just execute the
# initial request, obtain a response from it and return that response.

$response = $request();


The minimum requirement is PHP 5.4.

ICanBoogie has been tested with Apache HTTP server on Linux, MacOS and Windows operating systems. The Apache server must support URL rewriting.


The recommended way to install this package is through Composer. Create a composer.json file and run php composer.phar install command to install it:

    "minimum-stability": "dev",

        "icanboogie/icanboogie": "2.x"

    "scripts": {
        "post-autoload-dump": "ICanBoogie\\AutoConfig\\Generator::on_autoload_dump"

The script section is required in the root package to enable the auto-config feature.

The following packages are required, you might want to check them out:

The following packages can also be installed for additionnal features:

Cloning the repository

The package is available on GitHub, its repository can be cloned with the following command line:

$ git clone git://


The documentation for the package and its dependencies can be generated with the make doc command. The documentation is generated in the docs directory using ApiGen. The package directory can later by cleaned with the make clean command.

The documentation for the complete framework is also available online:


The test suite is ran with the make test command. Composer is automatically installed as well as all dependencies required to run the suite. You can later clean the directory with the make clean command.

The package is continuously tested by Travis CI.

Build Status


ICanBoogie is licensed under the New BSD License - See the LICENSE file for details.

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