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#Lola A minimalistic application framework using modularization, providers, dependency injection, mvc and services.


$ php composer.phar install chkt/lola


###Initialize your application

The App object is a singleton representing your essential application configuration, as well as references to the module registry, the injector and the locator. You can extend your app object from \lola\app\App or implement \lola\app\IApp.

<?php //App.php

namespace app\app;

final class App
extends \lola\app\App


To do anything useful with the framework, you will have to create an app object, which will do basic bootstrapping and initialization of its elementary facilities.

<?php //index.php

require_once '../vendor/chkt/lola/source/app/AppLoader.php';

If you haven't yet initialized any autoloader, require lola\app\AppLoader. The AppLoader will do essential bootstrapping and provide a reference to the application object.

$app = \lola\app\AppLoader::Init([
	'rootOffset' => '..',

The Apploader will provide your application with elemental configuration data. You can put any config keys that you need and later retrieve them by invoking $app->getProperty('myProperty').

Additionally there are a few keys that will influence the bootstrap process. 'rootOffset' defines the path of your entry point relative to the application root folder

    'composer' => true,

Should we use the composer autoloader. If you already required the composer autoloader yourself, this should be false.

    'exceptionPage' => '/source/server/app/view/error500.html',

Application relative path to the 500 exception page.

    'locator' => [
    	'controller' => '\\lola\\ctrl\\ControllerProvider',
    	'service' => '\\lola\\service\\ServiceProvider'

The qualified names of the providers available to the locator.


	->enterRoutes(filter_input(INPUT_SERVER, 'REQUEST_URI'));

Now you can retrieve your reference to the application object and enter your application (by accessing the router service for example).

###Entity identifiers

Lola uses URI formated identifier strings to identify locateable entities within the application. The string entityType://moduleId/path/to/entityName?entityId will retrieve the entity of type entityType from module moduleId at the path path/to/entityName and the unique id entityId.

entityType can be any type of configured locateable resource type, moduleId is the canonical name of the module, the path represents the path to the class within its local tree - the forward slashes will be converted to backslashes to conform to php naming conventions.

The framework will do its best to aggressively infer attributes of the requested entity. In any place where the type is implicit, specifying entityType is unneccessary. When the moduleId is not specified, the module registry will search for the class within the registered modules. entityId is only required when needed to configure the entity, and the entityName can often be reduced to a simple alphanumeric string.


Lola uses Modules, Dependency Injection and Providers.

To create your own module, create a Module class in to root of your module folder structure.

namespace myModule;

use lola\module\AModule;

use myOtherModule\MyService;

final class Module
extends AModule

For convenience, you can just extend from lola\module\AModule. Alternatively you can implement \lola\module\IModule.

	static public function getDependencyConfig(array $config) {
		return [[
			'type' => Injector::TYPE_SERVICE,
			'id' => 'my'

Define your dependencies inside ::getDependencyConfig(). All defined dependencies will be available inside ->__construct()

	public function __construct(MyService& $mySerivce) {

Inside the constructor you can run arbitrary code, for example add a folder of template files to your view service.

	public function getModuleConfig() {
		return [
			'locator' => [
				'controller' => [
					'path' => 'controller',
					'prefix' => '',
					'postfix' => 'Controller'

Define the locations of your controllers, services and other locateable resources inside ->getModuleConfig(). All defined resources will automatically be available to providers and the injector.

The sample contains a custom configuration for the controllers belonging to the module with all settings reflecting the default settings for controllers.

			'config' => [
				'service:my' => function(MyService& $myService) {

You can also add additional configuration inside your module config. All configuration will be added to the module registry and only invoked once an actual instance of the referenced entity is created.

This way you can avoid creating and configuring services that will not be used later as well as dependency loops when trying to configure an entity that is defined by the current module.


<?php //MyController.php

namespace myModule\controller;

use lola\ctrl\AController;
use lola\inject\Injector;

use lola\route\Route;

class MyController
extends AController

	static public function getDependencyConfig(array $config) {
		return [[
			'type' => Injector::TYPE_INJECTOR
			'type' => Injector::TYPE_SERVICE,
			'id' => '//myOtherModule/my'

All Controllers extend from /lola/ctrl/AController, which itself is an injectable.

	private $myService = null;

	public function __construct(
		Injector& $injector,
		MyService& $myService
	) {
		$this->myService = $myService;

Controllers use request and reply transforms to setup the state of the controller prior to running the requested action. All transforms extend from /lola/ctrl/ControllerTransform. When you first create a controller, its transforms will be empty.

When entering an action on a controller by calling $ctrl->enter(), first the request transform will be executed on the controller, then the action will be invoked and last the reply transform will be executed. Only methods ending in *Action will be enterable.

If your controller is run in reaction to a http request, you could for example set up your reply transform to render the view with the return value of your action, and then use the \lola\http\HttpReply instance of the controller to send the rendered view.

	public function myAction(Route& $route) {

###State Transforms

State transforms are simple statemachines representing certain setup task inside the application, like for example setting up state for a controller before executing an action.

<?php //MyRequestTransform.php

namespace app\ctrl;

use lola\ctrl\ControllerProcessor;
use lola\inject\IInjectable;

class MyRequestTransform
extends ControllerProcessor
implements IInjectable
	static public function getDependencyConfig(array $config) {
		return [];

State transforms are not by default injectable, but you can easily augment them with this ability. The transform will be home to the state graph as well as to the actual code implementing the state transitions.

	public function __construct() {
			'start' => [
				'next' => [
					'success' => 'step1'
			'step1' => [
				'transform' => 'foo',
				'next' => [
					'success' => '',
					'failure' => 'fallback
			'fallback' => [
				'transform' => 'bar',
				'next' => [
					'success' => ''

The state graph defines the order in which the transform should be executed under different scenarios.

It is recommended to have a start state in every transform, since the start state will automatically run if no other state is handed to the instances ->process() method.

If a state contains a transform property, the state transform will try to execute the method with the value of transform concatenated with Step. So for example if the transform property contains the value foo, the state transform will try to enter the instance method named fooStep.

Transform methods can optionally return a return value. The return value will be mapped to the values in next. If the method return nothing or null, its return value will be mapped to success. If the value of the next property for the return value is the empty string, no further states will be entered.

	public function fooStep(MyEntity& myEntity) {
	public function barStep(MyEntity& myEntity) {

The actual transformation functions are members of the class. myEntity can be set using the instances ->setTarget() method. For transforms that are executed as part of the framework defined application flow, this happens automatically.


All services extend lola\service\AService. Services are not singletons, but the default service provider uses \lola\prov\SimpleProviderResolver which will ensure that you will always receive the same service instance when supplying the same service id

<?php //MyService.php

namespace app\service;

use lola\service\AService;

final class MyService
extends AService

	static public function getDependencyConfig(array $config) {
		return [];
	public function doSomething() {

Since Services can range from being a mere collection of related functions to providing models, to exposing complex application logic, no common interface is provided. All your application has to ensure is that all services are injectable.


Micro MVC Framework, Modules, Services, Providers, Dependency Injection






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