Often, when developing an application, it's either difficult to package classes in the 1:1 classname:filename standard Zend Framework recommends, or it's advantageous for purposes of packaging not to do so. However, this means you class files will not be found by the autoloader.
If you read through the design goals for
the autoloader, the last point in that section indicated that the solution should cover this
situation. Zend Framework does so with
A resource is just a name that corresponds to a component namespace (which is appended to the autoloader's namespace) and a path (which is relative to the autoloader's base path). In action, you'd do something like this:
$loader = new Zend_Application_Module_Autoloader(array(
'namespace' => 'Blog',
'basePath' => APPLICATION_PATH . '/modules/blog',
Once you have the loader in place, you then need to inform it of the various resource types it's aware of. These resource types are simply pairs of subtree and prefix.
As an example, consider the following tree:
| `-- Guestbook.php // Foo_Form_Guestbook
| |-- DbTable/
| | `-- Guestbook.php // Foo_Model_DbTable_Guestbook
| |-- Guestbook.php // Foo_Model_Guestbook
| `-- GuestbookMapper.php // Foo_Model_GuestbookMapper
Our first step is creating the resource loader:
$loader = new Zend_Loader_Autoloader_Resource(array(
'basePath' => 'path/to/some/resources/',
'namespace' => 'Foo',
Next, we need to define some resource types.
Zend_Loader_Autoloader_Resourse::addResourceType() has three
arguments: the "type" of resource (an arbitrary string), the path under the base path in
which the resource type may be found, and the component prefix to use for the resource type.
In the above tree, we have three resource types: form (in the subdirectory "forms", with a
component prefix of "Form"), model (in the subdirectory "models", with a component prefix of
"Model"), and dbtable (in the subdirectory "
with a component prefix of "
Model_DbTable"). We'd define them as
$loader->addResourceType('form', 'forms', 'Form')
->addResourceType('model', 'models', 'Model')
->addResourceType('dbtable', 'models/DbTable', 'Model_DbTable');
Once defined, we can simply use these classes:
$form = new Foo_Form_Guestbook();
$guestbook = new Foo_Model_Guestbook();
|Module Resource Autoloading|
Zend Framework's MVC layer encourages the use of "modules", which
are self-contained applications within your site. Modules typically have a number of
resource types by default, and Zend Framework even
recommends a standard directory layout
for modules. Resource autoloaders are therefore
quite useful in this paradigm -- so useful that they are enabled by default when you
create a bootstrap class for your module that extends