Silex replacement

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Originally, Silex was used to integrate Symfony Components with Spryker using Service Providers. Also, there were other Service Providers added by Spryker and customer projects to bootstrap the application. Such providers implemented Symfony components and other entities by adding them to the Pimple container. Since Silex project is abandoned and the Pimple version is outdated, we replace them with a Spryker solution.

What did we replace?

We replaced silex/silex and pimple/pimple.

To be able to replace Silex, we removed all the dependencies in Spryker version 1.3.6.

We added a new Spryker application to replace Silex and a container to replace Pimple.

Is Silex replacement backward compatible?

To avoid forcing an immediate update of the majority of modules, we introduced several small changes, which are backward compatible.

As Silex was an instance of Pimple with all services attached to, we introduced our own Container that implemented the ContainerInterface from PSR-11. Additionally, we added a mock class for Pimple that further extended the Container. The mock class allows us to keep using the \Pimple; USE statement without the pimple/pimple package. In this case, we don’t have to refactor the code that has Pimple dependencies and all the changes are backward compatible.

We moved the dependency to spryker/silex to require-dev in all Spryker modules. When you update a module partially, you might have to add spryker/silex to your root composer.json.

What changed?

This section describes the changes caused by the Silex replacement.

Application plugins

Since ServiceProviderInterface is not provided anymore, any code that implements it has to be migrated to the new model.

To provide a proper replacement for each Service Provider, we introduced Application plugins. An Application plugin is a plugin that integrates a service like Twig, Form, Security, or Routing into the application. Each plugin is added to the corresponding ApplicationDependencyProvider.

If you use ServiceProviderInterface, make sure to include spryker/silex as a require dependecy on the project level.

Extending services

Each service added as an Application plugin has an extension interface. To extend a service, use the extension interface of the respective service. For example, The Twig module contains TwigApplicationPlugin. The TwigExtension module brings at least one interface that can be used to extend Twig. To extend it, add TwigApplicationPlugin to ApplicationDependencyProvider. To extend Twig further, add a plugin to TwigDependencyProvider.

You can still extend services via Service providers.

Existing service providers

Existing Service Providers remain unchanged. New services are added as Application plugins.

Migrating away from Silex

Since the migration was implemented in two steps, the migration instructions for each project depend on when it was created. If the services in your project are implemented via Service Providers, start the migration from Replacing Silex. If one or more services are implemented as Application Plugins, start from Removing Silex.

Replacing Silex

To replace Silex, follow the instructions below,

Update modules using Composer

Update the following modules using Composer:

  • spryker/application >= 3.13.2
  • spryker/container >= 1.1.0
  • spryker/silex >= 2.1.0
  • spryker/symfony >= 3.2.2
  • spryker-shop/shop-application >= 1.4.1

The versions above are the minimum requirements. We recommend updating all the modules to the latest versions.

In older Spryker Commerce OS or Spryker Demoshop versions, there can be dependencies in the composer.json. If your project is based on such a version, make sure that the mentioned modules do not appear as project dependencies, and that there are no constraint points to silex/silex, spryker/pimple, or pimple/pimple.

An update might not contain the latest versions of the required modules. To find out why they are not installed, use the why and why-not Composer commands. They will help you to update the dependencies.

Update modules manually

We refactored the modules below to use Application plugins, and the update requires additional steps.

Update the following modules using the provided migration guides:

ErrorHandler Migration guide - ErrorHandler
EventDispatcher Migration guide - EventDispatcher
Form Migration guide - Form
Http Migration guide - Http
Locale Migration guide - Locale
Propel Migration guide - Propel
Messenger Migration guide - Messenger
Router Migration guide - Router
Security Migration guide -Security
Session Migration guide - Session
Store Migration guide - Store
Translator Migration guide - Translator
Twig Migration guide -Twig
Validator Migration guide - Validator
WebProfiler Migration guide - WebProfiler

You’ve replaced Silex.

Removing Silex

To remove Silex:

  1. Update the modules from Make Silex optional.
  2. In public/Glue/index.php replace Pyz\Glue\GlueApplication\Bootstrap\GlueBootstrap with Spryker\Glue\GlueApplication\Bootstrap\GlueBootstrap.
  3. Add Spryker\Shared\Http\Plugin\EventDispatcher\ResponseListenerEventDispatcherPlugin to \Pyz\Glue\EventDispatcher\EventDispatcherDependencyProvider::getEventDispatcherPlugins().
  4. Add Spryker\Glue\Http\Plugin\Application\HttpApplicationPlugin to \Pyz\Glue\GlueApplication\GlueApplicationDependencyProvider::getApplicationPlugins().
  5. Remove the Pimple plugin everywhere. To access an Application service, use $container->getApplicationService('service id'); in the DependencyProvider. Then, you can retrieve it within the modules Factory with $this->getProvidedDependency().
  6. Add Spryker\Shared\Http\Plugin\EventDispatcher\ResponseListenerEventDispatcherPlugin to \Pyz\Yves\EventDispatcher\EventDispatcherDependencyProvider::getEventDispatcherPlugins().
  7. Replace each ServiceProvider with the annotated replacement of the ApplicationPlugins defined in \Pyz\Yves\Console\ConsoleDependencyProvider::getServiceProviders() and add the ApplicationPlugins to \Pyz\Yves\Console\ConsoleDependencyProvider::getApplicationPlugins().
  8. Replace each ServiceProvider with the annotated replacement of the ApplicationPlugins defined in \Pyz\Yves\ShopApplication\YvesBootstrap::getServiceProviders() and add the ApplicationPlugins to \Pyz\Yves\ShopApplication\ShopApplicationDependencyProvider::getApplicationPlugins().

You’ve removed Silex.