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Support for Repositories as a Services (Symfony) #67

Kocal opened this issue Jul 10, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Jul 10, 2019

Hi, this feature request follows #65 (comment) and #65 (comment).

Since Symfony 4.0, it is possible to define Repositories as as Service by extending from ServiceEntityRepository like this:


namespace App\Repository\User;

use App\Entity\User;
use Doctrine\Bundle\DoctrineBundle\Repository\ServiceEntityRepository;
use Symfony\Bridge\Doctrine\RegistryInterface;

 * @method User|null find($id, $lockMode = null, $lockVersion = null)
 * @method User|null findOneBy(array $criteria, array $orderBy = null)
 * @method User[]    findAll()
 * @method User[]    findBy(array $criteria, array $orderBy = null, $limit = null, $offset = null)
class UserRepository extends ServiceEntityRepository
    public function __construct(RegistryInterface $registry)
        parent::__construct($registry, User::class);

And we can accessing it directly from services constructor or constroller's actions with type hinting:


namespace App\Controller;

use App\Repository\User\UserRepository;
use Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\Controller\AbstractController;
use Symfony\Component\Routing\Annotation\Route;

class HomeController extends AbstractController
     * @Route("/", name="home")
    public function index(UserRepository $userRepository)
        $user = $userRepository->find(123);

But there are some issues.

If we use this phpstan extension, calling whatever method on $user that does not exist on App\Entity\User will not fails.

If we don't use it, $userRepository->find* methods will works correctly (due to @method annotations, but they are needed for PHPStorm too) and we will see the error Cannot call method getFooBar() on App\Entity\User|null.

As said in the issue, we can use /** @var App\Repository\UserRepository<App\Entity\User> */ to make phpstan works, but:

  • this is verbose, we have to add it everytime we inject a repository as service dependency
  • this is non sense, since the type is UserRepository, phpstan should be able to works with it

To make it work, this extension (or the Symfony extension?) should:

  • Find classes that extends from ServiceEntityRepository
  • Get the entity type from constructor 2nd parameter
  • And do some magic

In fact, I think it would be better if the repositories detection is part of Symfony extension. Since the Symfony extension can access the Symfony container, we can find services tagged with doctrine.repository_service and then use them:
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What do you think?

Thanks! :)

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