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New in Symfony 5.4: Misc. features (part 3)

Symfony 5.4 is backed by Private Packagist. Private Packagist is a fast, reliable, and secure Composer repository for your private packages. It mirrors all your open-source dependencies for better availability and monitors them for security vulnerabilities.

This is the last blog post of the blog series that shows the new features of Symfony 5.4 and 6.0. We hope you enjoyed it and now want to upgrade your Symfony applications to these new versions.

Longer RateLimiter Intervals

Contributed by
Alexandre Daubois
in #43060.

The RateLimiter component provides a Token Bucket implementation to rate limit input and output in your application. It's commonly used in features like login throttling (e.g. allow up to 5 failed login attempts every hour) and API constraints (e.g. allow up to 1,000 requests per hour).

However, some applications need longer intervals to only allow a certain number of evens per month or even per year. That's why in Symfony 5.4 we're adding the perMonth() and perYear() methods to the RateLimiter component.

Simpler Way of Creating Constraint Errors

Contributed by
Grégoire Pineau
in #41154.

When using the Validator component, if some validation fails, you get a non-empty list of errors in the form of a ConstraintViolationList class. You need to do the same when creating validation errors yourself. This is cumbersome when you only have one error:

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$violations = new ConstraintViolationList();
$violations->add(new ConstraintViolation('A publish is already running.', '', [], null, '', null));

// e.g. when using ApiPlatform\Core\Bridge\Symfony\Validator\Exception\ValidationException
throw new ValidationException($violations);

In Symfony 5.4 we've added a new createSingleConstraint() method so simplify the creation of single-error validation errors:

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$violations = ConstraintViolationList::createSingleConstraint('A publish is already running.');

throw new ValidationException($violations);

Lock Files When Appending To Them

Contributed by
fwolfsjaeger
in #43796.

The Filesystem component provides OS-independent features related to the file system. One of those utilities is the appendToFile() method, which adds some content at the end of some file.

In Symfony 5.4 we've improved it with a third optional boolean argument. If set to true, Symfony will acquire an exclusive lock on the file while proceeding to the writing (it's the same as the \LOCK_EX flag in PHP).

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$filesystem->appendToFile('logs.txt', 'Email sent to [email protected]');

// the third argument tells whether the file should be locked when writing to it
$filesystem->appendToFile('logs.txt', 'Email sent to [email protected]', true);

PhpStan Extractor for PropertyInfo

Contributed by
Baptiste Leduc
in #40457.

The PropertyInfo component extracts information about the properties of PHP classes using metadata of popular sources (Doctrine, PHP Reflection, PHPdoc, etc.) In Symfony 5.4 we're adding support to extract information based on the metadata defined for PHPStan, a popular PHP static analysis tool.

This will allow you to extract information from metadata like the following:

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class SomeClass
{
    /** @var string|int */
    public $property1;

    /** @var (string|int)[] */
    public $property2;

    /** @var array<string|int> */
    public $property3;

    /** @var array<string|int, array<string>> */
    public $property4;

    /** @var (Dummy<array<mixed, string>, (int | (string<DefaultValue>)[])> | ParentDummy | null) */
    public $property5;
}

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