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Decorator pattern in PHP

Decorate an existing object

I wanted to build an object and keep the properties set during the process. Another class will extends the main application object without losing all previous properties.


abstract class application {
private $config;
private $channel, $controller;

public function getConfig()
return $this->config;


class app extends application {
public function setUpDatabase()

// The config decorator will set the value of the final app class
class configDecorator {
private $_app;

// passing the app object...
public function __construct(application $app)
$this->_app = $app;

// Decorate the app property
public function setConfig($config)
$this->_app->config = $config;

/*** Usage ***/
$app = new app();

$configDecorator = new configDecorator($app);
$configDecorator->setConfig('this is config');

echo "<pre>".print_r($app, 1)."</pre>";

It's very simple. The abstract application object is the container of all properties. The class app extends application and the configDecorator decorate the config property. We have a dependency but it's ok, if we want to isolate all actions for  $config, we'll create a new class or we let there's no dependency between the main application and the config. I hope this will be useful  to build your own application using only OOP. No global variables are used :)