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Standard library for php.

php is not my primary language, but when I use it occasionally, I always miss a consistent standard library. Therefore I've created this one for my needs.

stdphp provides a set of basic classes and utility functions. It's mostly modeled after python, with some additions from javascript and ruby.

###Show Me What You Got

Some examples of what stdphp looks like.

#####Sort words in a string

print str('foo bar baz')->split()->map('strtoupper')->sort()->join(','); /// BAR,BAZ,FOO

#####Unicode fun

$str = str('Gänsefüßchen');
print count($str);           /// 12
print $str['5:8'];           /// 'füß'
print $str->upper();         /// 'GÄNSEFÜßCHEN'

#####Remove duplicates from a list

$dupes = [4,1,3,2,4,1,4,2,3,3,1,2];
print set($dupes); /// [4,1,3,2]

#####Sum every second number

$numbers = a(0,11,22,33,44,55,66,77,88,99);
print $numbers['::2']->reduce(operator('+')); /// 220


$x = lst(xrange(31));

$x['::3']  = repeat('Fizz');
$x['::5']  = repeat('Buzz');
$x['::15'] = repeat('FizzBuzz');

print $x['1:']; /// [1,2,"Fizz",4,"Buzz","Fizz",7,8,"Fizz","Buzz",11,"Fizz",13,14,"FizzBuzz",16,17,"Fizz",19,"Buzz","Fizz",22,23,"Fizz","Buzz",26,"Fizz",28,29,"FizzBuzz"]

#####Chunkify a list

If you know python, this is zip(*[iter(xs)]*n):

$a = [1,2,3,11,22,33,101,102,103];
print lst(zipargs(repeat(iter($a), 3))); /// [[1,2,3],[11,22,33],[101,102,103]]


The whole library is one single php file, std.php:

include 'std.php';

$someList = lst("abc");

There's also a "local" version stdl.php, which keeps stdphp functions namespaced:

include 'stdl.php';

$someList = std\lst("abc");

stdphp requires php 5.4+


####Constructor functions

Objects, like strings or lists, are created using "constructor functions" rather than new + class name:

$someList   = lst([1,2,3]);
$someString = str("abc");

This has two advantages: conciseness and ability to override default classes with inherited ones:

class MyList extends std\Lst
    function myNewMethod() { return $this->join(' me '); }

std\_setclass('Lst', 'MyList');

// now, all library functions that return a list, will return MyList:

print str('foo bar')->split()->myNewMethod(); /// foo me bar

####Iterables and iterators

stdphp follows the pythonic concept of "iterables". Functions that iterate through their arguments don't enforce a particular type. Therefore you can pass any "iterable", including stdphp objects, native php arrays and strings, and generic Traversable objects:

$a = a(0,1,2,3);
$b = "abcd";
$c = array(9,8,7,6);

print lst(zip($a, $b, $c)); /// [[0,"a",9],[1,"b",8],[2,"c",7],[3,"d",6]]

There are several built-in iterator constructors for different purposes:

  • filter
  • map
  • repeat
  • xrange
  • zip

The following creates a "lazy" list of palindromic numbers. Since filter, map and xrange are iterators, this list uses constant memory:

$xs = filter(
    function($s) { return $s == $s['::-1']; },

Another example is an "endless" repeat iterator that plays nicely with zip:

print lst(zip('abcd', repeat('-'))); /// [["a","-"],["b","-"],["c","-"],["d","-"]]

####Mapping and higher-order functions

The higher-order function getter returns a closure that picks an item from a string or associative array.

// fetch the 2nd char from each string:

print a('ab','cd','ef')->map(getter(1)); /// ["b","d","f"]

getter (alias by) is especially useful with sort, which, like in python, uses a functional key argument to extract a comparison key.

$popularNames = [
     ['name' => 'Alfie'   ,'rank' => 7],
     ['name' => 'Charlie' ,'rank' => 4],
     ['name' => 'Harry'   ,'rank' => 1],
     ['name' => 'Jack'    ,'rank' => 3],
     ['name' => 'Jacob'   ,'rank' => 5],
     ['name' => 'Oliver'  ,'rank' => 2],
     ['name' => 'Riley'   ,'rank' => 8],
     ['name' => 'Thomas'  ,'rank' => 6],
     ['name' => 'William' ,'rank' => 9]

// print top 3 names by rank

print lst($popularNames)->sort(by('rank'))->map(getter('name'))->get(':3'); /// ["Harry","Oliver","Jack"]

Similarly, attr picks an attribute from an object argument:

class User {
    function __construct($name) {
        $this->name = $name;

$a = [new User("Harry"), new User("Oliver"), new User("Jack")];
print lst($a)->map(attr('name'))->join(','); /// Harry,Oliver,Jack

method creates a closure that calls a specific method on the argument:

// call `String::reverse` on each element:

print s("Hello Foo Bar")->split()->map(method('reverse')); /// ["olleH","ooF","raB"]

###stdphp classes

Here's a brief overview, for a complete list of methods refer to the API documentation.


Lists are created using constructors a() or lst() and provide the usual repertoire of methods:

print a('foo', 'bar', 'baz')->map('strtoupper')->join('-'); /// FOO-BAR-BAZ

Lists support python-alike slicing:

$a = a(0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7);
print $a[-3];     /// 5
print $a['1::3']; /// [1,4,7]

and slice assignments:

$a = a(0,1,2,3,4,5);
$a['2:4'] = 'abcd';
print $a; /// [0,1,"a","b","c","d",4,5]


Strings are unicode-aware (source encoding is assumed to be utf8, unless specified otherwise):

$a = s('fuß');
print count($a); /// 3

$b = s("fu\xDF", 'latin1');
$a == $b; /// true

Slicing works too, but not slice assignments: strings are immutable! Note: mb extension is required for encoding and case conversions.


Dicts are associative arrays. There are several dict constructors:

print d('a', 1, 'b', 2);            /// {"a":1,"b":2}
print dict(['a' => 1, 'b' => 2]);   /// {"a":1,"b":2}
print pairdict([['a',1], ['b',2]]); /// {"a":1,"b":2}
print keydict('abc', 42);           /// {"a":42,"b":42,"c":42}

In addition to standard pythonic methods, dicts can be also mapped and filtered:

$a = dict(['a'=>'foo', 'b'=>'bar']);
print $a->map('strtoupper'); /// {"a":"FOO","b":"BAR"}


Sets are just like python sets:

$a = set([1,2,3,4,5]);
print $a->intersection([5,3,9,1]); /// [1,3,5]


re creates a regular expression object. Unlike php, delimiters are not required, and flags can be passed as a second argument:

$r = re('[a-z]+', 'i');
print $r->sub('*', 'a1B2c3'); /// *1*2*3

find and findall return strings:

print re('[a-z]+')->findall('ab cd ef'); /// ["ab","cd","ef"]

match and matchall return "match objects":

print re('([a-z]+)(\d+)')->match('abc123')->group(2); /// 123

###Build system

std.php is generated from the src directory using small c-alike preprocessor CPP (in tools dir). doxytest runs tests which are embedded in the code and enclosed in @code...@endcode or @test...@endtest.


  • wrappers for all php array/string functions
  • iterable files and streams, as in foreach (textfile('foo.txt', 'utf8')) as $line)...
  • itertools methods like product or combinations
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