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Prototype Design Pattern in PHP

<?php

class SubObject
{
    static $instances = 0;
    public $instance;
    public function __construct() {
        $this->instance = ++self::$instances;
    }
    public function __clone() {
        $this->instance = ++self::$instances;
    }
}

class MyCloneable
{
    public $object1;
    public $object2;
    function __clone() {
        // Force a copy of this->object, otherwise it will point to same object.
        $this->object1 = clone $this->object1;
    }
}

$obj = new MyCloneable();

$obj->object1 = new SubObject();
$obj->object2 = new SubObject();

$obj2 = clone $obj;

print("Original Object:\n");
print_r($obj);

print("Cloned Object:\n");
print_r($obj2);

?>

Output

Original Object:
MyCloneable Object
(
    [object1] => SubObject Object
        (
            [instance] => 1
        )

    [object2] => SubObject Object
        (
            [instance] => 2
        )

)
Cloned Object:
MyCloneable Object
(
    [object1] => SubObject Object
        (
            [instance] => 3
        )

    [object2] => SubObject Object
        (
            [instance] => 2
        )

)

Code examples

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