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A simple php library which contains assertions and guard methods for input validation (not filtering!) in business-model, libraries and application low-level code. The library can be used to implement pre-/post-conditions on input data.

Idea is to reduce the amount of code for implementing assertions in your model and also simplify the code paths to implement assertions. When assertions fail, an exception is thrown, removing the necessity for if-clauses in your code.

The library is not using Symfony or Zend Validators for a reason: The checks have to be low-level, fast, non-object-oriented code to be used everywhere necessary. Using any of the two libraries requires instantiation of several objects, using a locale component, translations, you name it. Its too much bloat.


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NullOr helper

A helper method (Assertion::nullOr*) is provided to check if a value is null OR holds for the assertion:

All helper

The Assertion::all* method checks if all provided values hold for the assertion. It will throw an exception of the assertion does not hold for one of the values:

Assert::that() Chaining

Using the static API on values is very verbose when checking values against multiple assertions. Starting with 2.6.7 of Assert the Assert class provides a much nicer fluent API for assertions, starting with Assert::that($value) and then receiving the assertions you want to call on the fluent interface. You only have to specify the $value once.

There are also two shortcut function Assert::thatNullOr() and Assert::thatAll() enabling the "nullOr" or "all" helper respectively.

Lazy Assertions

There are many cases in web development, especially when involving forms, you want to collect several errors instead of aborting directly on the first error. This is what lazy assertions are for. Their API works exactly like the fluent Assert::that() API, but instead of throwing an Exception directly, they collect all errors and only trigger the exception when the method verifyNow() is called on the Assert\SoftAssertion object.

The method that($value, $propertyPath) requires a property path (name), so that you know how to differentiate the errors afterwards.

On failure verifyNow() will throw an exception Assert\\LazyAssertionException with a combined message:

The following 3 assertions failed:
1) foo: Value "10" expected to be string, type integer given.
2) bar: Value "<NULL>" is empty, but non empty value was expected.
3) baz: Value "string" is not an array.

You can also retrieve all the AssertionFailedExceptions by calling getErrorExceptions(). This can be useful for example to build a failure response for the user.

For those looking to capture multiple errors on a single value when using a lazy assertion chain, you may follow your call to that with tryAll to run all assertions against the value, and capture all of the resulting failed assertion error messages. Here's an example:

The above shows how to use this functionality to finely tune the behavior of reporting failures, but to make catching all failures even easier, you may also call tryAll before making any assertions like below. This helps to reduce method calls, and has the same behavior as above.

Functional Constructors

The following functions exist as aliases to Assert static constructors:

Using the functional or static constructors is entirely personal preference.

Note: The functional constructors will not work with an Assertion extension. However it is trivial to recreate these functions in a way that point to the extended class.

List of assertions

Remember: When a configuration parameter is necessary, it is always passed AFTER the value. The value is always the first parameter.

Exception & Error Handling

If any of the assertions fails a Assert\AssertionFailedException is thrown. You can pass an argument called to any assertion to control the exception message. Every exception contains a default message and unique message code by default.

Assert\AssertionFailedException is just an interface and the default implementation is Assert\InvalidArgumentException which extends the SPL InvalidArgumentException. You can change the exception being used on a package based level.

Customised exception messages

You can pass a callback as the message parameter, allowing you to construct your own message only if an assertion fails, rather than every time you run the test.

The callback will be supplied with an array of parameters that are for the assertion.

As some assertions call other assertions, your callback will need to example the array to determine what assertion failed.

The array will contain a key called ::assertion that indicates which assertion failed.

The callback should return the string that will be used as the exception message.

Your own Assertion class

To shield your library from possible bugs, misinterpretations or BC breaks inside Assert you should introduce a library/project based assertion subclass, where you can override the exception thrown as well.

In addition, you can override the Assert\Assertion::stringify() method to provide your own interpretations of the types during error handling.

As of V2.9.2, Lazy Assertions now have access to any additional assertions present in your own assertion classes.


Please see CONTRIBUTING for more details.

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