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A minimalistic, flexible and powerful dependency injector

eve is a small (~250 lines of executable code), self contained dependency injector choosing a configuration approach over reflection, annotations or similar meta-programming techniques.

Dependencies are defined in code alongside their classes offering a high level of control over object creation, sharing and caching.


You can use composer to install eve.

Command line

$ php composer.phar install chkt/eve


  "require" : {
    "chkt/eve" : "<version>"

Alternatively you can clone the github repository to a place of your liking.

$ git clone

Basic usage

The injector depends on a couple of helpers to resolve and inject dependencies. All of these are combined into the InjectorDriver.

use \eve\common\factory\BaseFactory;
use \eve\driver\InjectorDriverFactory;

$base = new BaseFactory();
$factory = $base->produce(InjectorDriverFactory::class, [ $base ]);
$driver = $factory->produce([...]);

The first line creates the BaseFactory, which supplies the basic means of instantiating objects. In the second line the BaseFactory is used to create the InjectorDriverFactory, which in line three creates the InjectorDriver.

The types of injectable objects depend on the configuration of the driver. The options for configuring the driver are listed in the driver folder.

Using the injector is straightforwand.

$injector = $driver->getInjector();

$object = $injector->produce(\namespace\ClassName::class, [...]);

The optional second argument allows additional configuration options to be passed to the injector.

Since eve is not using reflection or other meta-programming techniques, it depends on injectable objects implementing \eve\inject\IInjectable, which defines the single static method getDependencyConfig.

use eve\access\ITraverableAccessor;
use eve\inject\IInjectable;
use eve\inject\IInjector;

class ExampleClass
implements IInjectable
  static public function getDependencyConfig(ITraversableAccessor $config) {
    return [
        'type' => 'argument',
        'data' => $config->hasItem('options') ? $config->getItem('options') : []
  public function __construct(IInjector $injector, ProvidableObject $object, array $options) {

The getDependencyConfig method defines what kind of arguments new instances of the class are to be created with.

Dependencies can either be arrays with a 'type' and one or more additional keys, or be defined using entity syntax, referring to dependencies through url formatted strings.

In the example above the injector will inject itself as the first constructor argument. The second argument is an object registered as 'providableObject' at the provider named 'providerName' and configured with key=value.

If the injector was supplied with an array containing a property named 'options', as its second argument, it is supplied as the third argument.

$injector->produce(\exampleNamespace\ExampleClass::class, [ 'options' => [...] ]);

If no second argument was supplied to the injector or it did not contain an 'options' property, getDependencyConfig returns an empty array as the third argument.

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