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ClassLoader Component

ClassLoader loads your project classes automatically if they follow some standard PHP conventions.

The ClassLoader object is able to autoload classes that implement the PSR-0 standard or the PEAR naming convention.

First, register the autoloader:

require_once __DIR__.'/src/Symfony/Component/ClassLoader/ClassLoader.php';

use Symfony\Component\ClassLoader\ClassLoader;

$loader = new ClassLoader();

Then, register some namespaces with the addPrefix() method:

$loader->addPrefix('Symfony', __DIR__.'/src');
$loader->addPrefix('Monolog', __DIR__.'/vendor/monolog/src');

The addPrefix() method takes a namespace prefix and a path where to look for the classes as arguments.

You can also register a sub-namespaces:

$loader->addPrefix('Doctrine\\Common', __DIR__.'/vendor/doctrine-common/lib');

The order of registration is significant and the first registered namespace takes precedence over later registered one.

You can also register more than one path for a given namespace:

$loader->addPrefix('Symfony', array(__DIR__.'/src', __DIR__.'/symfony/src'));

Alternatively, you can use the addPrefixes() method to register more than one namespace at once:

    'Symfony' => array(__DIR__.'/src', __DIR__.'/symfony/src'),
    'Doctrine\\Common' => __DIR__.'/vendor/doctrine-common/lib',
    'Doctrine' => __DIR__.'/vendor/doctrine/lib',
    'Monolog' => __DIR__.'/vendor/monolog/src',

For better performance, you can use the APC class loader:

require_once __DIR__.'/src/Symfony/Component/ClassLoader/ClassLoader.php';
require_once __DIR__.'/src/Symfony/Component/ClassLoader/ApcClassLoader.php';

use Symfony\Component\ClassLoader\ClassLoader;
use Symfony\Component\ClassLoader\ApcClassLoader;

$loader = new ClassLoader();
$loader->addPrefix('Symfony', __DIR__.'/src');

$loader = new ApcClassLoader('apc.prefix.', $loader);

Furthermore, the component provides tools to aggregate classes into a single file, which is especially useful to improve performance on servers that do not provide byte caches.


You can run the unit tests with the following command:

$ cd path/to/Symfony/Component/ClassLoader/
$ composer install
$ phpunit
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