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DotKernel component used to create services through Laminas Service Manager and inject them with dependencies just using method annotations. It can also create services without the need to write factories. Annotation parsing can be cached, to improve performance.

This package can clean up your code, by getting rid of all the factories you write, sometimes just to inject a dependency or two.

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Run the following command in your project directory

$ composer require dotkernel/dot-annotated-services

After installing, add the ConfigProvider class to your configuration aggregate.


Using the AnnotatedServiceFactory

You can register services in the service manager using the AnnotatedServiceFactory as below

return [
    'factories' => [
        ServiceClass::class => AnnotatedServiceFactory::class,

Please note, you can use only the fully qualified class name as the service key

The next step is to annotate the service constructor or setters with the service names to inject

use Dot\AnnotatedServices\Annotation\Service;
use Dot\AnnotatedServices\Annotation\Inject;

 * Service constructor
 * @param Dependency1 $dep1
 * ...
 * @Inject({Dependency1::class, Dependency2::class, ...})
public function __construct(Dependency1 $dep1, Dependency2 $dep2, ...)
    $this->dep1 = $dep1;

The annotation @Inject is telling the factory to inject the services between curly braces. Valid service names should be provided, as registerd in the service manager.

To inject an array value from the service manager, you can use dot notation as below

 * @Inject({"config.debug"})

which will inject $container->get('config')['debug'];

Even if using dot notation, the annotated factory will check first if a service name exists with that name

You can use the inject annotation on setters too, they will be called at creation time and injected with the configured dependencies.

Using the abstract factory

Using this approach, no service manager configuration is required. It uses the registered abstract factory to create annotated services.

In order to tell the abstract factory which services are to be created, you need to annotate the service class with the @Service annotation.

use Dot\AnnotatedServices\Annotation\Service;
use Dot\AnnotatedServices\Annotation\Inject;

 * @Service
class ServiceClass
    // configure injections as described in the previous section

And that's it, you don't need to configure the service manager with this class, creation will happen automatically.

Cache annotations

This package is built on top of doctrine/annotation and doctrine/cache. In order to cache annotations, you should register a service factory at key AbstractAnnotatedFactory::CACHE_SERVICE that should return a valid Doctrine\Common\Cache\Cache cache driver. See Cache Drivers for available implementations offered by doctrine.

Below, we give an example, as defined in our frontend and admin starter applications

return [
    'annotations_cache_dir' => __DIR__ . '/../../data/cache/annotations',
    'dependencies' => [
        'factories' => [
            // used by dot-annotated-services to cache annotations
            // needs to return a cache instance from Doctrine\Common\Cache
            AbstractAnnotatedFactory::CACHE_SERVICE => AnnotationsCacheFactory::class,
namespace Frontend\App\Factory;

use Doctrine\Common\Cache\FilesystemCache;
use Psr\Container\ContainerInterface;

class AnnotationsCacheFactory
    public function __invoke(ContainerInterface $container)
        //change this to suite your caching needs
        return new FilesystemCache($container->get('config')['annotations_cache_dir']);


DotKernel service creation component through zend-servicemanager and annotations







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