Work with PHP files in Active Record way


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Work with PHP files in an Yii Active Record way.

Whenever there is a bunch of PHP array files that need to be maintained through a web interface, one could do CRUD operations by extending the AbstractArrayModel class.


Supposing we need to manage the following config files:




 return array(
     'name' => 'site',
     'theme' => 'bootstrap',
     'components' => array(
         'bill' => array(
             'siteId' => 11,
             'packages' => array(
     'params' => array(
         'mainCssUrl' => '/css/app/site.css',
         'prefix' => 'M',

We define our model by extending the AbstractArrayModel class and overriding the following methods:

class Config extends AbstractArrayModel

     * Base path definition
     * @return string base path
    public function getBasePath(){
        return '/path/to/config/';

     * File pattern matching
     * @return string pattern
    public function getPattern(){
        return '*.php';

     * @return array validation rules for model attributes.
    public function rules()
        // NOTE: you should only define rules for those attributes that
        // will receive user inputs.
        return array(
            // The following rule is used by search().
            // Please remove those attributes that should not be searched.
            array('name, theme, components, params', 'safe'),

     * Returns the list of all attribute names of the model.
     * @return array list of attribute names.
    public function attributeNames()
        return array('name', 'theme', 'components', 'params');

Following methods are now available:

$model = Config::model()->findByPk('config1');
$model->theme = 'foundation'; 
$model->components['bill']['siteId'] = 99; 
$model->save(); //save the file

$model->delete(); //remove the file

$models = Config::model()->findAll(); // returns all files as models

//We can also pattern match the name. Internally uses the PHP [glob] (http://php.net/manual/en/function.glob.php) method 
$model = Config::model()->findA('old-*');
$models = Config::model()->findAll('config*');

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