Automating Controller Factories

Writing a factory class for each and every controller that has dependencies can be tedious, particularly in early development as you are still sorting out dependencies.

As of version 3.0.1, zend-mvc ships with Zend\Mvc\Controller\LazyControllerAbstractFactory, which provides a reflection-based approach to controller instantiation, resolving constructor dependencies to the relevant services. The factory may be used as either an abstract factory, or mapped to specific controller names as a factory:

use Zend\Mvc\Controller\LazyControllerAbstractFactory;

return [
    /* ... */
    'controllers' => [
        'abstract_factories' => [
        'factories' => [
            'MyModule\Controller\FooController' => LazyControllerAbstractFactory::class,
    /* ... */

Mapping controllers to the factory is more explicit and performant.

The factory operates with the following constraints/features:

$options passed to the factory are ignored in all cases, as we cannot make assumptions about which argument(s) they might replace.

Once your dependencies have stabilized, we recommend writing a dedicated factory, as reflection can introduce performance overhead.


This feature was inspired by a blog post by Alexandre Lemaire.