Declaring Attribute Classes

While not strictly required it is recommended to create an actual class for every attribute. In the most simple case only an empty class is needed with the #[Attribute] attribute declared that can be imported from the global namespace with a use statement.

Beispiel #1 Simple Attribute Class

<?php

namespace Example;

use 
Attribute;

#[Attribute]
class MyAttribute
{
}

To restrict the type of declaration an attribute can be assigned to, a bitmask can be passed as the first argument to the #[Attribute] declaration.

Beispiel #2 Using target specification to restrict where attributes can be used

<?php

namespace Example;

use 
Attribute;

#[Attribute(Attribute::TARGET_METHOD | Attribute::TARGET_FUNCTION)]
class MyAttribute
{
}

Declaring MyAttribute on another type will now throw an exception during the call to ReflectionAttribute::newInstance()

The following targets can be specified:

  • Attribute::TARGET_CLASS
  • Attribute::TARGET_FUNCTION
  • Attribute::TARGET_METHOD
  • Attribute::TARGET_PROPERTY
  • Attribute::TARGET_CLASS_CONSTANT
  • Attribute::TARGET_PARAMETER
  • Attribute::TARGET_ALL

By default an attribute can only be used once per declaration. If the attribute should be repeatable on declarations it must be specified as part of the bitmask to the #[Attribute] declaration.

Beispiel #3 Using IS_REPEATABLE to allow attribute on a declaration multiple times

<?php

namespace Example;

use 
Attribute;

#[Attribute(Attribute::TARGET_METHOD | Attribute::TARGET_FUNCTION | Attribute::IS_REPEATABLE)]
class MyAttribute
{
}
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