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The Autoloader

Zend_Loader_Autoloader introduces a comprehensive autoloading solution for Zend Framework. It has been designed with several goals in mind:

  • Provide a true namespace autoloader. (Previous incarnations intercepted all userland namespaces.)

  • Allow registering arbitrary callbacks as autoloaders, and manage them as a stack. (At the time of this writing, this overcomes some issues with spl_autoload, which does not allow re-registering a callback that utilizes an instance method.)

  • Allow optimistic matching of namespaces to provide faster class resolution.

Zend_Loader_Autoloader implements a singleton, making it unversally accessible. This provides the ability to register additional autoloaders from anywhere in your code as necessary.

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