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Solving several function argument validation/typehinting issues in PHP:

Primitive typehints:

function foo(string $foo) {}

Mixed / advanced typehints:

function foo(array|string|null $foo, int/*between 3-10*/ $bar) {}

"array of X" typehints:

function foo(Array_of_strings $foo) {}

Validating / typehinting "pseudo named function paramters" through array members:

 * @param array $params
 *  - 'foo' => string
 *  - 'bar' => int
function foo(array $params) {}

Declaring required constants in classes (interface-style function):

class Foo {
    /* const BAR required */
    /* const BAZ required */



    "require": {
        "heartsentwined/arg-validator": "1.*"


Simple argument validation

Validates that $foo is an integer, throwing an InvalidArgumentException if validation failed.

use Heartsentwined\ArgValidator\ArgValidator;

function foo($foo)
    ArgValidator::assert($foo, 'int');
    // throw InvalidArgumentException if $foo is not int
    // do something

Validates that $foo is an integer, return boolean.

use Heartsentwined\ArgValidator\ArgValidator;

function foo($foo)
    $result = ArgValidator::assert($foo, 'int', false);
    // $result = false if invalid
    // do something

Full function signature:

public static function assert($arg, $checks, $exception = true)

Valid argument types are specified through the $checks parameter. A string, or an array of the following accepted. $arg will be considered valid if it satisfies any one of the specified checks.

  • Flags
    • arrayof: will check for an array of remaining specified types, instead of plain types, e.g. array('arrayOf', 'string', 'int') = an array of string, or an array of int. Note: Empty array will be considered valid
    • min, max
      • combine with int, float: min and max value
      • combine with string: min and max length
      • combine with array: min and max count
  • Types
    • int
    • float
    • numeric
    • string
    • array
    • null
    • callable
    • notEmpty: equivalent to !empty()
    • (an array of scalars for in_array check), e.g. array('foo', 'bar') will check for in_array($arg, array('foo', 'bar')). Note: ArgValidator::assert($arg, array('foo', 'bar')) will be interpreted as instanceof checks against foo and bar. To specify an in_array check, wrap it in another array: ArgValidator::assert($arg, array(array('foo', 'bar'))).
    • (a string): assumed to be an instanceof check, should be a fully-qualified name of Class/Interface

"Named parameters" validation

use Heartsentwined\ArgValidator\ArgValidator;

function foo(array $params)
    ArgValidator::arrayAssert($params, array(
        'foo' => 'float',
        'bar' => array('string', 'notSet'),
        'baz' => array('int', 'string', 'min' => 2),
    // $params['foo'] should be a float
    // $params['bar'] should be a string, if set, or not set at all
    // $params['baz'] can be either an int (>=2), or a string (strlen >= 2)

Full function signature:

public static function arrayAssert(array $arg, array $checks, $exception = true)

Valid argument types are same as above, except with the addition of a notSet type.

Check class constants

namespace Foo;

use Heartsentwined\ArgValidator\ArgValidator;

class FooClass {
    const FOO = 'foo';
    const BAR = 2;

ArgValidator::assertClassConstant('Foo\FooClass', array('FOO', 'BAR'));
// \Foo\FooClass must have the constants 'FOO' and 'BAR' set

Full function signature:

public static function assertClassConstant($className, $constants, $exception = true)

$className should be a fully-qualified class name; $constants should be an array of strings, each member being the constant name.

ArgValidator::assertClassConstant() will check for:

  1. the class $className exists
  2. the class has declared the required constants specified in $constants


To centralize exception handling on argument validations, ArgValidator also provides two helper functions:

Assert that a class exists, throw InvalidArgumentException otherwise:

public static function assertClass($className, $exception = true)

Throw an InvalidArgumentException about the given variable name is not set:

public static function throwIssetException($argName)

Note: this function doesn't actually perform the isset check. I can't find a way to abstract the isset check away, without the variable being set in the first place (in order to act as argument to call this function with).

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