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My FTP Wrapper Class for PHP

In this article Mitchell shares his FTP wrapper class which he has written in PHP. It includes error checking and many useful functions.

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By: Mitchell Harper
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February 21, 2003
  1. · My FTP Wrapper Class for PHP
  2. · Wrapping? Huh?
  3. · Functions, Functions and More Functions!
  4. · The Functions (contd.)
  5. · The Functions (contd.)
  6. · Examples of Using the MY_FTP Class
  7. · Conclusion

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My FTP Wrapper Class for PHP - Wrapping? Huh?
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Don’t be put off by the term wrapping. Wrapping just means that you are providing indirect access to a function. For example, here’s a wrapper for the echo function in PHP:

function outputText($TheText)
/* Could perform some error checking or formatting here */

// Output the text
echo $TheText;

If you don’t like the term “wrapper”, then you can also use “masking function” to name the process of wrapping a function.

“What’s the point of the example that you’ve just shown me?” I hear you ask. Yes, there isn’t much point wrapping a function like this, but let’s think about another situation. Let’s say that you want to use PHP’s ftp_connect, ftp_login, and ftp_chdir commands to connect to an FTP server, login with your credentials and then change into a specific directory, all from one class function...

Our First Wrapper Function
Instead of calling all 3 functions separately, you could just wrap them into one function, which would handle each function and also the errors that each might produce, like this:

define("FT_DIRECTORY", 0);
define("FT_FILE", 1);

class MY_FTP


function Connect($Server, $User, $Password, $Directory, &$Err)
// Connect to the remote FTP server and then attempt
// to change into a remote directory. Returns false
// as well as a string in the $err reference if failed

$this->__server = $Server;
$this->__user = $User;
$this->__password = $Password;
$this->__directory = $Directory;

// Attempt to connect to the remote server
$this->__conn = @ftp_connect($Server);

$Err = "Couldn't connect to server $Server";
return false;

// Attempt to login to the remote server
$this->__login = @ftp_login($this->__conn, $User, $Password);

$Err = "Couldn't login as user $User to $Server";
return false;

// Attempt to change into the working directory
$chDir = @ftp_chdir($this->__conn, $Directory);

$Err = "Couldn't change into the $Directory directory";
return false;

// Everything worked OK, return true
return true;

As you can see, this is much easier than handling the FTP functions manually. This is the first wrapper function in our FTP class, called MY_FTP. Basically, if anything fails, the Connect function returns false, and sets the value of the $Err variable to the reason why a connection couldn’t be made.

The $Err variable is passed to the Connect function as a reference. This is denoted by the preceding ampersand in the function header:

function Connect($Server, $User, $Password, $Directory, &$Err)

Instead of passing the value of a variable, a reference passes the address of the variable. For example:


$x = 10;

function doIt(&$Var)

// This will output 11 because x is incremented by reference
// in the doIt function
echo $x;


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