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Advanced usage

Custom data source adapters

At some point you may run across a data type that is not covered by the packaged adapters. In this case, you will need to write your own.

To do so, you must implement Zend\Paginator\Adapter\AdapterInterface. There are two methods required to do this:

  • count()
  • getItems($offset, $itemCountPerPage)

Additionally, you'll want to implement a constructor that takes your data source as a parameter and stores it as a protected or private property. How you wish to go about doing this specifically is up to you.

If you've ever used the SPL interface Countable, you're familiar with count(). As used with Zend\Paginator, this is the total number of items in the data collection. Additionally, the Zend\Paginator\Paginator instance provides a method countAllItems() that proxies to the adapter count() method.

The getItems() method is only slightly more complicated. For this, your adapter is supplied with an offset and the number of items to display per page. You must return the appropriate slice of data. For an array, that would be:

Take a look at the packaged adapters (all of which implement the Zend\Paginator\Adapter\AdapterInterface) for ideas of how you might go about implementing your own.

Custom scrolling styles

Creating your own scrolling style requires that you implement Zend\Paginator\ScrollingStyle\ScrollingStyleInterface, which defines a single method, getPages(). Specifically,

This method should calculate a lower and upper bound for page numbers within the range of so-called "local" pages (that is, pages that are nearby the current page).

Unless it extends another scrolling style (see Zend\Paginator\ScrollingStyle\Elastic for an example), your custom scrolling style will inevitably end with something similar to the following line of code:

There's nothing special about this call; it's merely a convenience method to check the validity of the lower and upper bound and return an array of the range to the paginator.

When you're ready to use your new scrolling style, you'll need to tell Zend\Paginator\Paginator what directory to look in. To do that, do the following:

Caching features

Zend\Paginator\Paginator can be told to cache the data it has already passed on, preventing the adapter from fetching them each time they are used. To tell paginator to automatically cache the adapter's data, just pass to its setCache() method a pre-configured cache object implementing the Zend\Cache\Storage\StorageInterface interface.

As long as Zend\Paginator\Paginator has been seeded with a cache storage object the data it generates will be cached. Sometimes you would like not to cache data even if you already passed a cache instance. You should then use setCacheEnable() for that.

When a cache is set, data are automatically stored in it and pulled out from it. It then can be useful to empty the cache manually. You can get this done by calling clearPageItemCache($pageNumber). If you don't pass any parameter, the whole cache will be empty. You can optionally pass a parameter representing the page number to empty in the cache:

Changing the item count per page will empty the whole cache as it would have become invalid:

It is also possible to see the data in cache and ask for them directly. getPageItemCache() can be used for that:

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