Using the Factory Method Pattern in PHP 5, a Quick Example

Place your factory classes & interface inside a directory of your choice, like /api/YOUR-PATH-TO-CLASSES-HERE/. Just make sure to specify that path in the __autoload() method when you use the factory (see the last code example below).

Set up the Interface

interface IApiGrabr
	public function callApi();

Implement the Interface with a Twitter Class

This code assumes there’s a directory named ‘api’ at your server’s public root folder. Also, note, in a live example you might want to have a separate file to store some of your Twitter, etc credentials. The Twitter oAuth library I’m using can be found on github.

class TwitterApiGrabr implements IApiGrabr 
	public function callApi(){

		require_once('/api/twitteroauth.php'); //open source class from github

		$connection = new TwitterOAuth('your-consumer-key', 

		$content = $connection->get('account/rate_limit_status');
		// you can now call all the methods on the twitteroauth/connection object
		$user = $connection->get('account/verify_credentials');

		$favs = $connection->get('favorites',  array(
			  'screen_name'      => 'TechCrunch',
			  'count'            => 11,

		//this is FPO, in real life write some formatted display code:

Implement the Interface with an Instagram Class

The below code uses a handy open source Instagram oAuth class from github.

class InstagramApiGrabr implements IApiGrabr 
	public function callApi(){

		//open source class from github

		$instagram = new Instagram('your-client-id-here', 'your-client-secret-here', 'your-access-token-here');
		//simplified call, in real life, there should be an authentication check (see Instagram.php example on github)		  
	    try {
	        $instafeed = $instagram->get('users/self/media/liked'); 
	    }catch(InstagramApiError $e) {
	    //FPO JSON display, in real life, you'd format this w/ HTML, probably via a for loop	
        echo '<p>&nbsp;</p>'.json_encode($instafeed);

Implement the Interface with a Tumblr Class

class TumblrApiGrabr implements IApiGrabr 
	public function callApi(){
		$pth2 = '';	

		///Tumblr account's posts -
		$pthresult2 = file_get_contents($pth2);
		//FPO to just display raw JSON response, in real life, you'd format it with HTML
		echo $pthresult2;	

Set up your Factory class

class MyFactory
  private static $dictionary;

  public static function init()
      self::$dictionary = array('instagram' => new InstagramApiGrabr(), 
                         'twitter' => new TwitterApiGrabr(), 
                         'tumblr' => new TumblrApiGrabr());

    public static function GetApi($param='instagram')
        return self::$dictionary[$param]; 

Use Your Factory Class Like So

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="utf-8" />
  <title>API Test</title>
  //allow PHP to auto include your individual class files as needed 
  function __autoload($class_name) {
      require_once('/api/YOUR-PATH-TO-CLASSES-HERE/'.$class_name . '.php');

  /// control the below factory method calls via drop down menu, page navigation inside a carousel, etc. 

  //will spit out the Instagram JSON feed
  $a = MyFactory::GetApi('instagram');

  //will spit out the Twitter JSON feed
  $a = MyFactory::GetApi('twitter');

  //will spit out the Tumblr JSON feed
  $a = MyFactory::GetApi('tumblr');

Side Note on the Code Igniter framework and PHP interfaces

The Code Igniter mvc framework for PHP doesn’t seem to support “interface” or “implements” key words as of version 2.1.3.


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