Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   22 times

I need to be able to set my object like this:

$obj->foo = 'bar';

then I need to use it as an array like that:

if($obj['foo'] == 'bar'){
  //more code here



Try extending ArrayObject

You'll also need to implement a __get Magic Method as Valentin Golev mentioned.

Your class will need to looks something like this:

Class myClass extends ArrayObject {
    // class property definitions...
    public function __construct()
        //Do Stuff

    public function __get($n) { return $this[$n]; }

    // Other methods
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

On the PHP side, I've used something similar to your first example:


$handle = fopen("php://input", "rb");
$http_raw_post_data = '';
while (!feof($handle)) {
    $http_raw_post_data .= fread($handle, 8192);

// do what you want with it
// For diagnostic purposes, I'm just going to decode, make sure I got an array, 
// and respond with JSON that includes status, code, and the original request

$post_data = json_decode($http_raw_post_data,true);

if (is_array($post_data))
    $response = array("status" => "ok", "code" => 0, "original request" => $post_data);
    $response = array("status" => "error", "code" => -1, "original_request" => $post_data);

$processed = json_encode($response);
echo $processed;


And then on the iOS side, I use:

// create the dictionary (or array)

NSDictionary *dictionary = @{@"a": @"One", @"b": @"Two", @"c": @"Three"};
NSError *error = nil;
NSData *data = [NSJSONSerialization dataWithJSONObject:dictionary options:0 error:&error];
if (error)
    NSLog(@"%s: JSON encode error: %@", __FUNCTION__, error);

// create the request

NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@""];
NSMutableURLRequest *request = [NSMutableURLRequest requestWithURL:url];
[request setHTTPMethod:@"POST"];
[request setValue:@"application/json; charset=utf-8" forHTTPHeaderField:@"Content-Type"];
[request setHTTPBody:data];

// issue the request

NSURLResponse *response = nil;
NSData *returnData = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:request returningResponse:&response error:&error];
if (error)
    NSLog(@"%s: NSURLConnection error: %@", __FUNCTION__, error);

// examine the response

NSString *responseString = [[NSString alloc] initWithData:returnData encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
NSLog(@"responseString: %@",responseString);

I just tested this round trip, and it works fine.

If you are determined to use the _POST technique, what works for me is to set the the data to be json=%@, such as:

NSDictionary *dictionary = ...
NSData *data = [NSJSONSerialization dataWithJSONObject:dictionary options:0 error:&error];
NSString *string = [[NSString alloc] initWithData:data encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
if (error)
    NSLog(@"%s: JSON encode error: %@", __FUNCTION__, error);

NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@""];
NSMutableURLRequest *request = [NSMutableURLRequest requestWithURL:url];

[request setHTTPMethod:@"POST"];
NSString *params = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"json=%@",
                    [string stringByAddingPercentEscapesUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding]];
NSData *paramsData = [params dataUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding];
[request addValue:@"8bit" forHTTPHeaderField:@"Content-Transfer-Encoding"];
[request addValue:@"application/x-www-form-urlencoded" forHTTPHeaderField:@"Content-Type"];
[request setHTTPBody:paramsData];

// now send the request, like before

And the PHP to parse it is much like you had:

$http_raw_post_data = $_POST['json'];

$post_data = json_decode(stripslashes($http_raw_post_data),true);

if (is_array($post_data))
    $response = array("status" => "ok", "code" => 0, "original request" => $post_data);
    $response = array("status" => "error", "code" => -1, "original_request" => $post_data);

$processed = json_encode($response);
echo $processed;
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

When you set cell values individually, you have the option of setting the datatype explicitly, but when you use the fromArray() method, you don't have this option.

However, by default, PHP uses a default value binder to identify datatypes from the values passed, and set the cell datatype accordingly. This default behaviour is defined in a class /PHPExcel/Cell/DefaultValueBinder.php.

So you can create your own value binder, as described in the PHPExcel Documentation, that would set every value as a string datatype.

Something like:

class PHPExcel_Cell_MyColumnValueBinder extends PHPExcel_Cell_DefaultValueBinder implements PHPExcel_Cell_IValueBinder
    protected $stringColumns = [];

    public function __construct(array $stringColumnList = []) {
        // Accept a list of columns that will always be set as strings
        $this->stringColumns = $stringColumnList;

    public function bindValue(PHPExcel_Cell $cell, $value = null)
        // If the cell is one of our columns to set as a string...
        if (in_array($cell->getColumn(), $this->stringColumns)) {
            // ... then we cast it to a string and explicitly set it as a string
            $cell->setValueExplicit((string) $value, PHPExcel_Cell_DataType::TYPE_STRING);
            return true;
        // Otherwise, use the default behaviour
        return parent::bindValue($cell, $value);

// Instantiate our custom binder, with a list of columns, and tell PHPExcel to use it
PHPExcel_Cell::setValueBinder(new PHPExcel_Cell_MyColumnValueBinder(['A', 'B', 'C', 'E', 'F']));

$objPHPExcel = new PHPExcel();
Friday, May 28, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

There's a lot been written about PHPExcel and memory use, and I'm not going to repeat it all here.

Try reading some of the threads on the PHPExcel discussion board discussing the issue, such as this one; or previous answers here on SO such as this one or this one

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
answered 4 Months ago

As far as I can tell, there is no prebuilt solution for this, so you can just roll your own:

function array_to_object($array) {
  $obj = new stdClass;
  foreach($array as $k => $v) {
     if(strlen($k)) {
        if(is_array($v)) {
           $obj->{$k} = array_to_object($v); //RECURSION
        } else {
           $obj->{$k} = $v;
  return $obj;
Monday, August 2, 2021
answered 3 Months ago
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