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Persistence in PHP with Doctrine ORM

By : Kevin Dunglas
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Persistence in PHP with Doctrine ORM

By: Kevin Dunglas

Overview of this book

Doctrine 2 has become the most popular modern persistence system for PHP. It can either be used as a standalone system or can be distributed with Symfony 2, and it also integrates very well with popular frameworks. It allows you to easily retrieve PHP object graphs, provides a powerful object-oriented query language called DQL, a database schema generator tool, and supports database migration. It is efficient, abstracts popular DBMS, and supports PHP 5.3 features. Doctrine is a must-have for modern PHP applications. Persistence in PHP with Doctrine ORM is a practical, hands-on guide that describes the full creation process of a web application powered by Doctrine. Core features of the ORM are explained in depth and illustrated by useful, explicit, and reusable code samples. Persistence in PHP with Doctrine ORM explains everything you need to know to get started with Doctrine in a clear and detailed manner. From installing the ORM through Composer to mastering advanced features such as native queries, this book is a full overview of the power of Doctrine. You will also learn a bunch of mapping annotations, create associations, and generate database schemas from PHP classes. You will also see how to write data fixtures, create custom entity repositories, and issue advanced DQL queries. Finally it will teach you to play with inheritance, write native queries, and use built-in lifecycle events. If you want to use a powerful persistence system for your PHP application, Persistence in PHP with Doctrine ORM is the book you.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Installing Composer

As with most modern PHP libraries, Doctrine is available through Composer, a powerful dependency manager. A PEAR channel is also available.


For more information on Composer and Pear packages, please refer to the respective links as follows: and

The following steps should be performed to install Composer:

  1. The first step to install Doctrine ORM is to grab a copy of the latest Composer version.

  2. Open your preferred terminal, go to the blog/ directory (the root of our project), and type the following command to install Composer:

      curl -sS | php

    A new file called composer.phar has been downloaded in the directory. This is a self-contained archive of Composer.

  3. Now type the following command:

      php composer.phar

    If everything is OK, all available commands are listed. Your Composer installation is up and running!