Store Zend Framework Options in the Registry

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So, since I want to save some keystrokes, I rarely will go back to the Front Controller and Bootstrap to get resources. I also like to store them in the registry in a fashion that I see fit.

So, when you create a default Zend Application, the bootstrapper will read in your config.ini file that you specify and handle that in the bootstrap parent class. You can get these options by calling the $this->getOptions() method. I prefer to work with these as a Zend_Config object as well (by default, they are just a plain array.) Since I want to always have this available in the Registry, I’ve made the following method part of my Bootstrap class in all my applications:

class Bootstrap extends Zend_Application_Bootstrap_Bootstrap
  protected function _initOptionsRegistry()
    Zend_Registry::set('options', new Zend_Config($this->getOptions());
    return Zend_Registry::get('options');
  // ...

First, the method is named that way on purpose. This way, later on in the bootstrap, if I really wanted to get the output of the registry version of the options, I could call $this->getOptionsRegistry(). It’s much more clear that I’m getting that version than just the array version from $this->getOptions(). This is the reason why there is a return statement at the end as well. That return statement tests my input as well. If it doesn’t return the right result, I know there was a problem storing it in the registry.

Next, a new Zend_Config item is made using the multidimensional array gained from the bootstrap, and then it’s set in the ‘options’ key of the Registry.

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