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Old June 22nd, 2005, 10:23 AM
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Default Reflecting within a class

I'm trying to write some generic code for setting the values of an object taking values from a passed-in array.

The Reflection API appeared ideal for this, and I wrote this function:
  private function _loader($array)
        $rc = new ReflectionClass(get_class($this));
      $properties = $rc->getProperties();
      foreach ($properties as $property)
          $key = $property->getName();
          // check for the property in the passed-in array...
            if (array_key_exists($key, $array) && !is_null($array[$key]))
              echo("setting value of $key");
              // element found...
              $property->setValue($this, $array[$key]);
however, I get an error on the $property->setValue($this, $array[$key]), being that you cannot set private/protected variables using the Reflection API. However, I am just trying to set private values from within the class - hence me passing in $this. Is there any way of doing this with the reflection API, or do I have to use eval (which I don't want to do, because it's not very elegant at all).

Old July 7th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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You could try to pass $this by reference. e.g. $property->setValue(&$this, $array[$key]);


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Old July 9th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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Got what I needed using the ReflectionMethod class, but thanks very much for the reply

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