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Proxies in PHP

Note: This article was originally published at phly, boy, phly on 7 July 2011.

A number of programming design patterns look very similar. One of these is the Proxy pattern, which, at first glance, can look like a number of others: Decorator, Flyweight, even plain old object extension. However, it has its own niche, and it can provide some incredible flexibility for a number of programming scenarios.