# Architecture

# Service Provider

Service providers act as the key method of extending the framework and bootstrapping essential services. Core application functionality will be defined and encapsulated entirely in a service provider. Your own application, as well as all core Mantle services, are bootstrapped via Service Providers.

But, what do we mean by "bootstrapped"? In general, we mean registering things, including registering service container bindings, event listeners, middleware, and even routes. Service providers are the central place to configure your application.

# What would be a service provider?

A good example of what should be a service provider would be a feature in your application. For example, a network of sites have a feature to syndicated content between sites. The feature could be wrapped into a single service provider which would bootstrap and setup all required services. The service provider would be the starting point for that feature.

# Registering a Service Provider

The application stores service providers in the config/app.php file includes with Mantle. There is a providers array of classes in that file that include all providers the application will initialize on each request.

// Inside of config/app.php...
'providers' => [

	// Add provider here...

# Writing a Service Provider

Service providers extend the Mantle\Framework\Service_Provider class and include a register and boot method. The register method is used to register application services with the application container. The boot method is used to boot provider, setup any classes, register any WordPress hooks, etc. The boot method should always call the parent boot method via parent::boot();.

A service provider can be generated for you by running the following command:

wp mantle make:provider <name>

# Service Provider Structure

namespace App;

use Mantle\Framework\Service_Provider;

 * Example_Provider Service Provider
class Example_Provider extends Service_Provider {

	 * Register the service provider.
	public function register() {
		// Register the provider.
			function( $app ) {
				return new Essential_Service( $app );

	 * Boot the service provider.
	public function boot() {

		// Boot the provider.

# Automatic Registration with WordPress Events

The service provider supports magic methods to automatically register provider methods with WordPress actions and filters. The service provider will automatically register hooks for the provider by checking for methods that use the format of on_{hook} and on_{action}_at_{priority} as method names. Both actions and filters are supported using the same method naming convention.

class Example_Provider extends Service_Provider {
	// ...

	public function on_wp_loaded() {
		// Called on wp_loaded at priority 10.

	public function on_admin_screen_at_99() {
		// Called on admin_screen at priority 99.

# Service Container

The service container is a powerful tool for managing class dependencies and performing dependency injection with ease. Most function calls are performed through the service container and support dynamic dependency injection without any need to configure it.

Here is an example of the global instance of Shared_Object being injected into the controller's constructor. The instance is a global singleton the service container dynamically included as a parameter to the controller's constructor.

namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use App\Shared_Object;

class Example_Controller extends \Mantle\Framework\Http\Controller {
	public function __construct( Shared_Object $object ) {
		$this->object = $object;

	public function method( $id ) {
		return $this->object->get( $id );

For more information about the service container and the underlying concept of Dependency Injection, read this document on Understanding Dependency Injection (opens new window).

# Facades

Facades are a static interface to the instances available from the service container. Instead of determining the underlying class or resolving it through the application, a facade will provide a single-line interface to call a singleton object from the container.

use Mantle\Framework\Facade\Config;

echo Config::get( 'app.attribute' );

In this example, the config facade is a wrapper for the config singleton instance of Mantle\Framework\Config\Repository in the application's service container.

# Aliases

Aliases provide a root namespace level way of interfacing with classes in the framework. When combined with facades, they can provide a simple way of interfacing with singleton objects deep in the framework.

Log::info( 'My log message!' );

// Can be rewritten as...
mantle_app()['log']->info( 'My log message!' );