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Convert CamelCase to under_score_case in php __autoload()

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Questions:

PHP manual suggests to autoload classes like

function __autoload($class_name){
 require_once("some_dir/".$class_name.".php");
}

and this approach works fine to load class FooClass saved in the file my_dir/FooClass.php like

class FooClass{
  //some implementation
}

Question

How can I make it possible to use _autoload() function and access FooClass saved in the file my_dir/foo_class.php?

Answers:

You could convert the class name like this…

function __autoload($class_name){
    $name = strtolower(preg_replace('/([a-z])([A-Z])/', '$1_$2', $class_name));
    require_once("some_dir/".$name.".php");
}

Questions:
Answers:

This is untested but I have used something similar before to convert the class name. I might add that my function also runs in O(n) and doesn’t rely on slow backreferencing.

// lowercase first letter
$class_name[0] = strtolower($class_name[0]);

$len = strlen($class_name);
for ($i = 0; $i < $len; ++$i) {
    // see if we have an uppercase character and replace
    if (ord($class_name[$i]) > 64 && ord($class_name[$i]) < 91) {
        $class_name[$i] = '_' . strtolower($class_name[$i]);
        // increase length of class and position
        ++$len;
        ++$i;
    }
}

return $class_name;