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Request #54019 synthesize class property setter/getter feature request
Submitted: 2011-02-14 18:40 UTC Modified: 2015-03-20 15:11 UTC
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From: monte at ohrt dot com Assigned:
Status: Duplicate Package: *General Issues
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: n/a
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 [2011-02-14 18:40 UTC] monte at ohrt dot com
This is a take from the objective-c language, and may prove useful in future 
releases of PHP.

Currently, to generate generic setters/getters for class properties, this must 
be done manually in the class declaration:

class Foo {

  public $bar

  function bar() {
     return $this->bar;

  function setBar($val) {
     $this->bar = $val;

This can be a tedious task when there are many properties, and clutter up the 
class. Using the __call() magic function for manual pseudo-synthesized functions 
is a complexity and extra wrapper call that could be avoided.

Feature request: the ability to have PHP automatically synthesize generic 
setters/getters for properties. You would specify which properties are 
synthesized. Syntax idea:

class Foo {
  synthesize public $bar;
  // bar() and setBar() are now automatically synthesized by PHP

Manual overrides to these synthesized methods are permissible, in case a non-
generic method is required. This feature would greatly simplify boiler-plate 
setter/getter setup, and avoid the overhead of using __call() as a wrapper to 
create a manual psuedo-synthesize functionality. PHP IDE's would be able to 
identify synthesized properties for auto-completion of available setter/getter 


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 [2011-02-14 19:09 UTC] monte at ohrt dot com
This could also speed up the access to stub setters/getters (?), as manually 
created methods are much slower than direct property access.
 [2015-03-20 15:11 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Duplicate -Package: Unknown/Other Function +Package: *General Issues
 [2015-03-20 15:11 UTC]
In principle this is a duplicate of bug #49526.
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