State Class




State class is one of the core classes of Wave Framework. State holds a lot of information about the server, configuration as well as current request. State class can be used separately from Wave Framework, but is generally not recommended, since it is tailored for use with Wave Framework.

State object is also used by Wave Framework to load configuration - from '/config.ini' file - to State data variable, so that it can be used and accessed by Wave Framework MVC classes. By default State class has a number of data variables loaded by default, to make sure that State can work even when no configuration file is loaded.

State carries additional functionality: it includes a State Messenger as well as wrappers for creating and destroying sessions and cookies, returning translations and sitemap information and more. To learn more about specific functionality of State when used through MVC objects of Wave Framework, you should look into "State and Configuration" feature guide

The rest of this document details the use of Logger class in general, often outside the scope of how Wave Framework itself uses the class. This information is useful only to developers who intend to develop core of Wave Framework or use the class independently in another project.

Using State class

While it is unlikely that State class can be of use outside Wave Framework, below is an example of how to create a new State object. State object is created with a Configuration array and some of these Configuration keys can affect the functionality of PHP (State will attempt to change PHP settings accordingly).

	// Configuration should be an array
	$state=new WWW_State($config);

State class is automatically used by WWW_API objects. When creating a new WWW_API object, then you can send the State class like this:

	$api=new WWW_API($state);

State defines it's own default data and then loads the $config on top of that data. Most of State data variables are directly related to data loaded from /config.ini file and it is recommended to read more about these settings from Configuration documentation.

To change a state value, you can do this:

	// Change a single setting
	// Change multiple settings at the same time with array of key and value pairs

State Settings with Additional Functionality


This also changes PHP's default timezone through date_default_timezone_set() function.


This value can be set to 'deflate' or 'gzip'. But if the request making user agent does not notify the server that it supports gzip or deflate, then State automatically keeps this value set to false.

Rest of the functionality of State class is too specific to Wave Framework API and it will be covered more in the feature guides.

State Class Parameters

public $data=array()

This is the primary variable of State class and it carries representation of the system configuration, both loaded from /config.ini file as well as initialized from environmental server variables.

Overview of variables set in $data array:

public $databaseConnection=false

This should hold Database class and connection data, if used.

private $sessionHandler=false

This holds the session handler for session management. This is a WWW_Sessions class from '/engine/class.www-sessions.php' file.

private $sessionStarted=false

This is an internal variable that State uses to check if it has already validated sessions or not.

private $messenger=false

This holds the 'keyword' or 'passkey' of currently used State Messenger .

private $messengerData=array()

This holds State Messenger data as an array.

private $tools=false

This holds system Tool Class object, if it exists.

State Class Methods

The methods of State class are considered 'final' mainly due to them being core and expected by Wave Framework API and Factory classes.

final public function __construct($config=array()){

Construction of State object initializes the defaults for $data variable. A lot of the data is either loaded from /config.ini file or initialized based on server environment variables. Fingerprint string is also created during construction as well as input data loaded from XML or JSON strings, if sent with POST directly.

final public function __destruct()

When State class is not used anymore, then State Messenger data - if set - is written to Filesystem based on the State Messenger key. This method also calls the commit-session method, if it has not been called yet.

final public function getState($input)

This is the basic call to return a State variable from the object. If this method is called without any variables, then the entire State array is returned. You can send one or more key variables to this method to return a specific key from State. If you send multiple parameters then this method attempts to find keys of a key in case the State variable is an array itself. $input variable is only used within State class itself. Method returns null for keys that have not been set.

final public function setState($input)

This method is used to set a variables in the State object. If an array is passed as the first parameter, then multiple State variables are set at the same time. You can also send multiple parameters with this method to set values of multidimensional arrays stored in State, such as sending two different keys and a value as the third parameter. $input variable is only used within State class itself.

final private function stateChanged($variable,$value=true)

This is a private method used internally whenever configuration is changed. It has checks for cases when a variable is changed that carries additional functionality such as when changing the timezone or output compression. For example, if output compression is set, but not supported by user agent that is making the request, then output suppression is turned off.

final public function commitHeaders()

This function is called before output is pushed to browser by the API or when State object is not used anymore. This method is not accessible to Factory class, but it is not private.

final public function getTranslations($language=false,$keyword=false,$subkeyword=false)

This method returns an array of currently active translations, or for a language set with $language variable. If $keyword is also set, then it returns a specific translation with that keyword from $language translations. If $keyword is an array, then $subkeyword can be used to return specific translation from that keyword.

final public function getContent($name,$language=false)

This method includes or reads in a file from '/resources/content/' folder $name is the modified filename that can also include subfolders, but without the language prefix and without extension in the filename itself. If $language is not defined then currently active language is used.

final public function getSitemapRaw($language=false,$keyword=false)

This method returns an array of currently active sitemap, or a sitemap for a language set with $language variable. If $keyword is also set, then it returns a specific sitemap node with that keyword from $language sitemap file. This method returns the original, non-modified sitemap that has not been parsed for use with URL Controller.

final public function getSitemap($language=false,$keyword=false)

This returns sitemap array that is modified for use with View Controller and other parts of the system. It returns sitemap for current language or a language set with $language variable and can return a specific sitemap node based on $keyword.

final public function stateMessenger($address,$overwrite=false)

This method initializes State Messenger by giving it an address and assigning the file that State Messenger will be stored under. If the file already exists and $overwrite is not turned on, then it automatically loads contents of that file from Filesystem.

final public function setMessengerData($data,$value=false)

This writes data to State Messenger . $data is the key and $value is the value of the key. $data can also be an array of keys and values, in which case multiple values are set at the same time.

final public function unsetMessengerData($key=false)

This method removes key from State Messenger based on value of $key. If $key is not set, then the entire State Messenger data is cleared.

final public function getMessengerData($key=false,$remove=true)

This method returns data from State messenger. It either returns all the data from initialized state messenger, or just a $key from it. If $remove is set, then data is also set for deletion after it has been accessed.

final public function setUser($data)

This method sets user data array in session. This is a simple helper function used for holding user-specific data for a web service. $data is an array of user data.

final public function getUser($key=false)

This either returns the entire user data array or just a specific $key of user data from the session.

final public function unsetUser()

This unsets user data and removes the session of user data.

final public function setPermissions($permissions)

This method sets an array of $permissions or a comma-separated string of permissions for the current user permissions session.

final public function getPermissions()

This method returns an array of currently set user permissions from the session.

final public function checkPermissions($permission)

This checks for an existence of permissions in the user permissions session array or in the API profile permissions setting. $permissions is either a comma-separated string of permissions to be checked, or an array. This method returns false when one of those permission keys is not set in the permissions session. Method returns true, if $permissions exist in the permissions session array.

final public function unsetPermissions()

This unsets permissions data from session similarly to how unsetUser() method unsets user data from session.

final public function getPublicToken($regenerate=false,$forced=false)

This method returns the currently active public token that is used to increase security against cross-site-request-forgery attacks. This method returns false if user session is not populated, in which case public token is not needed. $regenerate sets if the token should be regenerated if it already exists, this invalidates forms when Back button is used after submitting data, but is more secure. $forced is used to force token generation even if no user session is active.

final public function checkPublicToken()

This method is useful when 'api-public-token' setting is off in configuration, but you still want to protect your API method from public API requests from XSS and other attacks. This returns false if the provided public API token is incorrect.

final public function startSession($configuration=false)

This method validates current session data and checks for lifetime as well as session fingerprint. It notifies session handler if any changes have to be made. Custom session configuration can be sent with a variable. Parameters are as follows:

final public function regenerateSession($deleteOld=true)

This method regenerates ongoing session with a new ID. $deleteOld, if set, deletes the previous session.

final public function setSession($key=false,$value=false)

This method sets a session variable $key with a value $value. If $key is an array of keys and values, then multiple session variables are set at once.

final public function getSession($key=false)

This method returns $key value from session data. If $key is an array of keys, then it can return multiple variables from session at once. If $key is not set, then entire session array is returned. Method returns null for keys that have not been set.

final public function unsetSession($key=false)

This method unsets $key value from current session. If $key is an array of keys, then multiple variables can be unset at once. If $key is not set at all, then this simply destroys the entire session.

final public function setCookie($key,$value,$configuration=array())

This method sets a cookie with $key and a $value. $configuration is an array of cookie parameters that can be set. Parameters are as follows:

final public function getCookie($key)

This method returns a cookie value with the set $key. $key can also be an array of keys, in which case multiple cookie values are returned in an array. Method returns null for keys that have not been set.

final public function unsetCookie($key)

This method unsets a cookie with the set key of $key. If $key is an array, then it can remove multiple cookies at once.

final public function setHeader($header,$replace=true)

This is a simple wrapper function for setting a header. $header is the header string to be sent and $replace is a true-false flag about whether previous similar header should be replaced or not.

final public function unsetHeader($header)

This method is a wrapper function for simply removing a previously set header. $header is the header that should be removed.

final public function callTool($type,$arg1=false,$arg2=false)

This method loads tools object if it doesn't exist yet and then allows to call various methods of the tool. You can call filesystem cleaner, indexer or a file-size calculator (and each work recursively) and counter.

final public function terminal($command)

This method is wrapper function for making terminal calls. It attempts to detect what terminal is available on the system, if any, and then execute the call and return the results of the call.