Lambda Expressions für PHP
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This project tries to implement C# .NET lambda expressions in PHP.

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In development, semi-stable API.



composer require perryflynn/perrys-lambda


  • Implements many C# .NET like lambda expressions
  • Support for auto conversion of records in custom objects
  • Support for iteation and foreach
  • Support for generator (helps with call-by-reference in loops)
  • Helper classes for filesystem access
  • Helper classes for CSV file parsing

Lambda methods

Method Description
*OrDefault Define return value if expression has no hit, available for many methods
first Get the first record
last Get the last record
single Get the single record, if count!=0, throw exception
take Get the first X records
skip Skip the first X records
where Filter records by callable expression
whereFirst Get first record matching the callable expression
groupby Group records by callable expression
distrinct Eliminate duplicate records bei callable expression
intersect Returns the intersection of two ArrayList's
except Returns the bidirectional diffrence of two ArrayList's
any Returns true if callable expression returns at least one record true
all Returns true if callable expression returns for all records true
select Get an array of the values returned by callable expression
selectMany Get an array of all values, arrays will be merged
joinString Join a string from values returned by callable expression
each Execute callable expression on each record
sum Get the sum of numberic return values from callable expression
min Get the smallest of numberic return values from callable expression
max Get the biggest of numberic return values from callable expression
avg Get the average of numberic return values from callable expression
order Start sorting, begin ascending, more possible by thenBy / thenByDesc
orderDesc Start sorting, begin descending, more possible by thenBy / thenByDesc

Basic usage

$basic = new \PerrysLambda\ArrayList(array(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9));

$basic->where(function($n) { return $n<=3; }); // Returns ArrayList of [1,2,3]
$basic->where(function($n) { return $n<=3; })->sum(); // Returns 6

Basic usage with ObjectArray and Strings instead of callables

$data = array(
    array('name'=>'Frank', age=>12),
    array('name'=>'Gene', age=>42),
    array('name'=>'Jessie', age=>31),
    array('name'=>'Carl', age=>55),

$list = \PerrysLambda\ArrayList::asObjectArray($data);
$list->select('age')->sum(); // Returns 140
$list->where(function($v) { return $v->age > 40; })->select('age')->sum(); // Returns 97

Deserialize / Serialize

  • Deserialize json data
  • Modify data
  • Serialize again into json data
  • Display modified json data
// examples/serialize.php

use PerrysLambda\ArrayList;
use PerrysLambda\ObjectArray;
use PerrysLambda\IArrayable;
use PerrysLambda\Converter\ItemConverter;
use PerrysLambda\Serializer\Serializer;
use PerrysLambda\Serializer\DateTimeSerializer;
use PerrysLambda\Serializer\BooleanSerializer;
use PerrysLambda\Converter\ListConverter;

// Testdata
$rawstring = <<<HEREDOC

// Split into lines
$rawlines = explode("\n", $rawstring);

// Parse lines to one array with fields per line
$deserializer = function(&$row, &$key)
        $data = json_decode($row, true);
            $row = new ObjectArray($data);
            return false;
    return true;

$serializer = function(&$row, &$key)
    if($row instanceof IArrayable)
        $row = $row->toArray();

        $row = json_encode($row);
            return true;
    return false;

// Row serializer
$fieldconverter = new ItemConverter();
$fieldconverter->setSerializer(new Serializer($serializer, $deserializer));

// Field serializer
    "barfoo" => DateTimeSerializer::fromIsoFormat(),
    "foobar" => new BooleanSerializer(),

// Create converter
$conv = new ListConverter();

// Load raw data into ArrayList
$list = new ArrayList($conv);

// Modify data
    ->where(function($v) { return $v->foobar===true; })
    ->each(function($v) { $v->foo = $v->foo+1; });

// Serialize modified data
$serlines = $list->serialize();

More examples

See the unit tests