Using native Php with haXe Php

Recently I had some time to dig more with haXe Php. The major question was how does it integrate with existing native Php ? I’m glad to say that it works fine!
Let’s start a quick overview of our native Php file test (Simple.class.php) :

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<?php
function makeSimple($text) {
    return new Simple($text);
}
 
function affichText($text) {
    echo $text;
}
 
class Simple {
 
    public $text;
    public $tab;
 
    public function __construct($text) {
        $this->text = $text;
        $this->tab[0] = "index 0";
        $this->tab[1] = "index 1";
    }
 
    public function doPrint() {
        echo $this->text;
    }
 
    protected function changeText($text) {
        $this->text = $text;
    }
}
 
class Simple2 extends Simple {
 
    public function __construct($text) {
        parent::__construct($text);
    }
 
    public function makeChange($text) {
        $this->changeText($text);
    }
 
    public function associativeArray() {
 
        $tab["num1"] = "number 1";
        $tab["num2"] = "number 2";
        return $tab;
    }
}
?>

There are a simple function, some inheritance stuff and an associative array which is very common in Php.

Now the haXe part :

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package;
 
import php.Lib;
 
class Test {
 
    static function main() {
 
    	new Test();
    }
 
    public function new() {
 
        // import php file
    	untyped __call__("require_once", "Simple.class.php");
 
        // call a php function with an arg
    	untyped __call__("affichText", "first msg </br>");
 
        // create a php object with an arg
    	var myPhpObject:Dynamic = untyped __call__('new Simple2', 'second msg </br>');
 
        // manipulate the object
    	myPhpObject.doPrint();
    	myPhpObject.makeChange("some new text </br>");
    	myPhpObject.doPrint();
 
        // print an array
        Lib.print(myPhpObject.tab);
 
        // trace the index 0 value
        trace(myPhpObject.tab[0]);
 
        // make some native php
        untyped __php__("echo '</br>php native from haXe !</br>'");
 
        // we need a Hashtable to parse an associative array from php :
        var phpAssociativeArray:Hash<String> = Lib.hashOfAssociativeArray(myPhpObject.associativeArray());
 
        // trace the key value num2
        trace(phpAssociativeArray.get("num2"));
    }
 
}

The output log :

first msg
second msg
some new text
["index 0", "index 1"]Test.hx:32: index 0
php native from haXe !
Test.hx:41: number 2

If you are using everyday libraries/tools written in Php, you may wrap them with haXe for more comfort. Take a look there : Wrapping External PHP Libraries & the haXe Magic.

Unfortunately, there isn’t lots of ressources/tutorials for haXe Php on the website, I will update this post if I go deeper in haXe Php development. It is very pleasant to write Php this way. Give it a try!
haXe API.

And because memes are fashion :

5 thoughts on “Using native Php with haXe Php

  1. Hello!

    Awhile ago I started wrapping some native php methods but never got around to finishing it, but NativeArray should be complete and working. The only down side is you cant do the following


    var myArray:NativeArray = [];
    </code

    as [] gets translated into a haxe/php's custom array. Instead you have to do the following


    var myArray:NativeArray<String = NativeArray.create();

    which is ugly, but works. There is also NativeString, NativeMath and NativeVariable. NativeVariable and NativeMath are incomplete.

    I didn't get around to trying to get Lib.hashOfAssociativeArray() or Lib.toPhpArray() to work with these.

  2. Hi all. Glad to see some other people getting into the PHP target. Funnily, or strangely, the guy who wrote the target (Franco) doesn’t actually use it as he does all his stuff in Node JS, so we (Touch My Pixel) were the people using it the most for a while.

    I’m currently I’m using my Poko haxe framework in a Silicon Valley startup (fanplayr.com – at least the dashboard/backend, not the front-end site) and it works great. Have heaps of extern classes for FB wrappers, Shopify etc.

    Anyway, good luck with it!

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