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Would like some thoughts about this autoloader for namespaces.  Its loosely based on Zend Framework 2 using Composer.  I wanted a simple loader for including my custom classes(ie DB connection, list and forms generations etc) in application modules. Autoloader works as expected so no error to debug, but looking more for improvements or gotcha's I'm not aware of.

This is pseudo code, but the machinery is what's important.



/* initializes Autoload with an array of namespace strings */
include 'init_autoloader.php';

/* from testspaces.php */
echo Testspaces\Autoload\Tsclass::printSomething(); // outputs This is a simple string.

/* from globalspaces.php */
echo Globalspaces\Autoload\Omnipresent::imEverywhere(); //outputs This is a good hand.


 * initialize the autoloader for namespaces under the lib directory.
 * this script would be placed in each module where global classes
 * were required, ie DB connections, UI output(lists and forms)
/* namespaces array, namespace file name matches first part before first backslash */
$nsarray = array(
/* initialize the AutoloaderInit class */
$apath = __DIR__ . "/lib/autoload.php";
if (file_exists($apath)) {
    include $apath;
    $loaderObj = new AutoloaderInit($nsarray);
} else {
   echo "Missing autoload.php script, check file path: ".$apath."<br>";


class AutoloaderInit {
   private static $loader;
   private static $nsnames; // indexed array of namespace strings defined in init_autoloader
   public function __construct($nsarray) {
      self::$nsnames = $nsarray;
   * callback function called by spl_autoload_register
   * $class passed by reference
   public static function loadClassLoader($class) {
     if ($class) {
       $nameparts = explode('\\', $class);
       $filename = strtolower($nameparts[0]).".php";
       require __DIR__ . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $filename;
     } else {
       throw new Exception("loadClassLoader failed to include ".$filename);
   * interface method called from initializer
   * $params array $nsnames, array of namespace strings
   * $return void
   public static function getLoader() {
     //error_log("getLoader nsnames: ".var_dump(self::$nsnames));
     if (self::$nsnames) {
        $cnt = count(self::$nsnames);
	for($i=0;$i<=$cnt;$i++) {
          if (null !== self::$loader) return self::$loader;
	  spl_autoload_register(array('AutoloaderInit', 'loadClassLoader'), true, true);
	  self::$loader = $loader = new self::$nsnames[$i]; // new instance of class
        } // close for loop
	spl_autoload_unregister(array('AutoloaderInit', 'loadClassLoader'));
        return $loader;
      } else {
	error_log("No namespaces provided to getLoader");


namespace Testspaces\Autoload;

/* a class defined in namespace */
class Tsclass {

   static function printSomething() {
      echo "This is a simple string.<br>";


namespace Globalspaces\Autoload;

/* another class defined in namespace */
class Omnipresent {
   static function imEverywhere() {
	echo "This is a good hand.<br>";
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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks for the reply.  Been busy.  I do use Composer for some projects, mainly ZendFramework projects.  But wanted something light weight and simple to configure for my own projects.  Appreciate the feedback, thanks.

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