Splint Loader

splint() function

The splint loader function is accessed by

$this->load->splint();

Loading a Splint Object

$this->load->splint($splint);

This will return a Splint Object.

$bootstrap = $this->load->splint("zoey/bootstrap");
$data = array("title" => "My Website");
$bootstrap->load->view("responsive_header", $data);
$bootstrap->load->view("footer");

Parameters For Libraries

$this->load->splint($splint, $autoload, $params, $alias);
Parameter Description Required Examples
splint (string) The name of the splint package to load or search from. If only this argument is supplied, the function will return a Splint Object instead. Yes denver/github, cynobit/blogger
autoload (string)/(array) The autoload parameter specifies the class or resource to be loaded if supplied as a string (see Auto-load Prefixes for more about this). To load multiple libraries or resources, supply an array of associative arrays of arrays. See an Example. Yes
$this->load->splint(
"francis94c/ci-prefeence", 
"+CIPreference",
null, "alias");
params (array) an associative array of parameters. these are usually defined in the README file of any package you want to use No
$params = array("key" => "value");
alias (string) The name of the resulting object from which features of the library are accessed. No
$this->alias->someMethod();

Parameters for Models

$this->load->splint($splint, $model, $alias);
Parameter Description Examples
splint (string) The name of the splint package to load or search from. denver/github, cynobit/blogger
model (string)/(array) The model parameter specifies the model class to be loaded. It must be prefixed with a * character to load the specified model. see Auto-load Prefixes for more about this).
$this->load->splint("francis94c/ci-preference", 
"*CIModel", "ci_model");
alias (string) The name of the resulting object from which features of the model are accessed.
$this->alias->someMethod();

Parameters For Configs

$this->load->splint($splint, $config);
Parameter Description Examples
splint (string) The name of the splint package to load or search from. denver/github, cynobit/blogger
config (string) The name of the config file to load. “server_config”

Parameters For Views

$this->load->splint($splint, $view);
Parameter Description Examples
splint (string) The name of the splint package to load or search from. denver/github, cynobit/blogger
config (string) The name of the view to load. “server_config”

Parameters For Helpers

$this->load->splint($splint, $helper);
Parameter Description Examples
splint (string) The name of the splint package to load or search from. denver/github, cynobit/blogger
config (string) The name of the helper to load. “server_config”

bind() function

An alternative to creating a Splint Object is the bind() function.

Ideally, a Splint object is meant to be used in a situation where you need to load multiple resources from one package (where supplying the full range of arguments to the splint() function could be strenuous). The Splint object is a representation the package, that lets you load resources as you wish by specifying the package once.

$this->load->bind($splint, $bind);

Parameters

Parameter Description Required Examples
$splint(string) The splint package to load. Yes zoey/bootstrap
$bind (null object) The object that the specified $splint should be bound to. you do not need to declare this argument prior to calling the function. If omitted, the function will return the Splint object instead. No $this→load→bind(zoey/bootstrap, $bootstrap)

For example, the zoey/bootstrap package could be loaded with then bind function and used as follows.

$this->load->bind("zoey/bootstrap", $bootstrap);
$data = array("title" => "My Website");
$bootstrap->load->view("responsive_header", $data);
$bootstrap->load->view("footer");
 
// OR
 
$bootstrap = $this->load->bind("zoey/bootstrap");
$data = array("title" => "My Website");
$bootstrap->load->view("responsive_header", $data);
$bootstrap->load->view("footer");

package() function

This function allows you to specify a package name only that allows Splint to load resources specified automatically by the vendor of the Splint package.

$this->load->package($splint);

For instance, if a package's splint.json descriptor file contains the below autoload key defined along side other keys as follows.

{
  "....": "............",
  "autoload": {
    "libraries" : [
      ["Class", "alias"]
    ]
  }
}

If the name of the package is for instance, zoey/bootstrap, a call to the package() function with the package name passed as an argument will automatically load the class with the alias as defined in the descriptor. See the below example.

$this->load->package("zoey/bootstrap");
$this->alias->someMethod();

The resources that could be auto-loaded by vendors include:

  • Libraries
  • Models
  • Helpers
  • Configs

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