sfDecoratorPlugin - 1.0.2

A plugin to easy apply the decorator pattern to (core) classes in Symfony

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sfDecorator plugin

This plugin provides a tool to easily create decorator classes in Symfony.


Decorator classes (see wikipedia about the decorator pattern) are a way to extend functionality at realtime. It's powerful when you want to slightly alter a core class of symfony.

The problem with decorator classes is that you have to 'mirror' all public methods. Most classes inherit a lot of methods, most you don't even know about. With an api change your decorator might break, this plugin ensures all decorators do work.

This plugin registers an autoloader. You can just write something like this (actually completely useless) example:

class divForm extends sfFormDecorator
  public function render($attributes = array())
    return '<div class="myform">'.$this->object->render($attributes)."</div>;

The main point in here is that the plugin will detect sfFormDecorator as a non existent class. By the name it knows you want to decorate the sfForm class. So the plugin creates an abstract sfFormDecorator in your cache directory.


  • Install the plugin

    > php symfony plugin:install sfDecoratorPlugin
  • Enable the plugin in your config/ProjectConfiguration.class.php

    class ProjectConfiguration extends sfProjectConfiguration
      public function setup()
  • Clear the cache

    > php symfony cc


You can either:

  • Tell a class to extend [yourClassToDecorate]Decorator. The following code will work:

    class inputLabeledWidget extends sfWidgetFormDecorator
      public function getLabel()
        $widget = new sfWidgetFormInputText();
        return $object->getLabel();

    The plugin will automatically generate the sfWidgetFormDecorator in your cache

  • Use the symfony generate:decorator task from the cli. Usage is very easy:

    > php symfony generate:decorator sfWidgetForm

    The above command will generate the sfWidgetFormDecorator class in your lib dir. The task has more options, use symfony help plugin:decorator to discover them.


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TODO / Ideas

  • Add support for chaining. Check if a function returns the decorator object, then return the decorator.
  • Please let them know!


2009-12-15 | 1.0.2 stable

  • added support for method chaining

2009-12-12 | 1.0.1 stable

  • Removed conditionally enabling autoloading

2009-12-11 | 1.0.0 stable

  • Initial release