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DevArticles.com: Singletons in PHP

Note: This article was originally published at PHPDeveloper on 7 December 2011.
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On DevArticles.com today there's a new tutorial posted talking about one of the more popular design patterns, the Singleton, and how it can be implemented in PHP.

Though in the past they enjoyed both popularity and a certain amount of prestige, without a doubt Singletons have progressively become one of the most evil and despicable villains in object-oriented design. Singletons earned their bad reputation for a reason: bringing them to life requires the programmer to deal at least with a static method. This is simply an elegant masquerade for creating a global access point (which in most cases is mutable as well) throughout an entire application. And we all know that global, mutable access is unquestionably a bad thing that must be avoided at all costs.

In this first part (of two) of the series they introduce the Singleton pattern and show how, via an example of using a database adapter interface to work with a MySQL database, in a tightly coupled example. In the second part of the series, they'll show how to break these apart using dependency injection.