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Specifications for PHP5
September 30, 2008 @ 11:17:47

In a recent entry to his blog Sean shows off a new specifications library he's created to replace common comparison functionality with a series of specs.

I thought I'd share a PHP library implementing this idea by Evans and Fowler. Written for PHP5, it's a library for defining custom specifications using composition and inheritance.

He gives the example of "Person" objects with name and age properties. A search might involve looking directly at the properties to location one that's, say, younger than 35 and has a last name of Johnson. His specification class replaces this and makes it more reusable by applying things like GreaterOrEqualSpecifications and EqualSpecifications to standardize the evaluation. Then its just a quick call to the isSatisfiedBy method to check for correctness.

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