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Tired of handcrafting configuration file manipulation tools for your Web application? Save yourself some time with patConfiguration, a PHP class designed to assist developers with reading, writing and maintaining application configuration files.
Normally, patConfiguration parses your XML configuration file every time you need to load configuration data; this is expensive, in terms of both time and processor cycles. In these situations, you can obtain a performance improvement by using patConfiguration's built-in cache, which uses a serialized representation of the XML data to speed up load time.
Using a cache is pretty easy - consider the following example, which demonstrates how:
// include class
// create patConfiguration
$conf = new patConfiguration;
// set config file locations
set cache locations
// read config file
get configuration values
Using the cache is thus simply a matter of setting a cache directory and using the loadCachedConfig() method instead of the parseConfigFile() method. If the file does not already exist in the cache, patConfiguration will locate it, read and serialize it, and use the serialized version in all subsequent calls. When the data in the original file changes, this change is detected by patConfiguration and the cache is updated with the new data.
Finally, patConfiguration also comes with a number of extensions to simplify integration with, and configuration of, other pat classes - extensions are currently available for the patTemplate, patUser and patDbc classes, and the source distribution comes with numerous examples of how they may be used. I'm not going to get into the details here, but you should certainly take a look at this once you're comfortable with the basics of using patConfiguration.