Asked  9 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   103 times

A function in my application does the following:

  • Capture Web Page using Snoopy
  • Load result into DOMDocument
  • Load DOMDocument into Simple XML Object
  • Run XPath to isolate section of document required
  • json_encode the result and save to database for later use.

My problem arises when recovering this block from the database, and decoding it. I can see the @attributes when I var_dump the object, but cannot find a combination of commands that allows me to access them.

Error message is: Fatal error: Cannot use object of type stdClass as array

Below is a sample of my object. I have tried, amongst other what used to work.

echo $obj['class'];

stdClass Object
    [@attributes] => stdClass Object
            [class] => race_idx_hdr

    [img] => stdClass Object
            [@attributes] => stdClass Object
                    [src] => /Images/Icons/i_blue_bullet.gif
                    [alt] => image
                    [title] => United Kingdom


    [a] => Fast Cards



When you decode the json from the database, you get an object of type 'stdClass' instead of the original type 'SimpleXMLElement' returned by the SimpleXMLElement::xpath function.

The stdClass object does not 'know' about the pseudo array syntax used by SimpleXMLElement objects to allow accessing the attributes.

Normally you would use the serialize() and unserialize() functions instead of json_encode/decode to store objects in a database, but unfortunately, SimpleXMLElements are not working with those.

As an alternative, why not just store the actual xml and read it back to SimpleXML after fetching it from the database:

// convert SimpleXMLElement back to plain xml string
$xml = $simpleXML->asXML();

// ... code to store $xml in the database
// ... code to retrieve $xml from database

// recreate SimpleXMLELement
$simpleXML = simplexml_load_string($xml);
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 9 Months ago

As you might see, your Product object has an attribute range_id:

Product Object
    [name] => Simon Test Cup
    [code] => 123456789
    [category_id] => 3
    [range_id] => 26          // <--- here!
    [price] => 10.00

So you should be able to get the ID via:


But probably, the Product and Range classes define methods that allow you to access those information and you should use them instead. You just have to read the documentation how to use them.

Friday, May 28, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

simplexml_load_string() (as the name suggest) load xml from a string and returns an object of SimepleXMLElement. There is no difference between this and using just the usual constructor of the class.


SimpleXML::__construct() has an additional parameter (the third one) bool $data_is_url = false. If this is true the behavior is the same as simplexml_load_file() (in conjunction with the common stream wrappers). Thus both simplexml_load_*()-functions cover the same functionality as SimpleXML::__construct().

Additional the functions simplexml_load_*() has a second parameter string $class_name = "SimpleXMLElement" to specify the class of the object to get returned. Thats not a specific feature of the functions, because you can "use" something very similar with usual instanciation too

class MyXML extends SimpleXMLElement {}
$a = new MyXML($xml);
$b = simplexml_load_string($xml, 'MyXML');

A difference between the OOP- and the procedural approach is, that the functions return false on error, but the constructor throws an Exception.

Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

You need to read the file and decode it into an array, append to that array, and then write the whole array out.

$name =$_POST['n'];
$age = $_POST['a'];
$occ= $_POST['n'];
$country = $_POST['n'];

$old_contents = file_get_contents('somefile');
$jsoninfo = $old_contents ? json_decode($old_contents) : array();
$jsoninfo[] = array('name'=>$name,'age'=>$age,
$generated_json =  json_encode($jsoninfo);

echo $generated_json;

file_put_contents('somefile', $generated_json);
Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Debugging suggestion:

Check the output of json_last_error(). It should give you an exact reason why it doesn't work. Available from PHP 5.3.0 only, though.

The reason:

JSONP is not identical with JSON. It contains extra data that breaks json_decode().


Remove the extra brackets using substr($AVDecode, 1, strlen($AVDecode)-2)

Friday, October 22, 2021
answered 2 Months ago
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