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PHP Integrated Query

PINQ short for PHP Integrated Query, is a library for working with collections. Coming from a C# background, LINQ, being by far my most widely used tool, provided terse and readable list comprehensions. Not only this, but also the ability to integrate seamlessly with external data sources via C#'s native expression trees.

Coming to PHP, it was quite a change to lose the ability to cleanly handle collections. So I created PINQ which aimed to provide a similar set of tools and functionality.

The library currently V3, provides a solid implementation of in-memory list comprehensions as well as the infrastructure required to integrate the API with external data sources.

Some sample code using PINQ:

$youngPeopleDetails = $people
        ->where(function ($row) { return $row['age'] <= 50; })
        ->orderByAscending(function ($row) { return $row['firstName']; })
        ->thenByAscending(function ($row) { return $row['lastName']; })
        ->indexBy(function ($row) { return $row['phoneNumber']; })
        ->select(function ($row) {
            return [
                'fullName'     => $row['firstName'] . ' ' . $row['lastName'],
                'address'       => $row['address'],
                'dateOfBirth' => $row['dateOfBirth'],

Sadly this does not maintain the same readability aspect as in C# due to the verbosity of closures. If Hack's lambda expressions were adopted the above would become:

$youngPeopleDetails = $people
        ->where($row ==> $row['age'] <= 50)
        ->orderByAscending($row ==> $row['firstName'])
        ->thenByAscending($row ==> $row['lastName'])
        ->indexBy($row ==> $row['phoneNumber'])
        ->select($row ==> [
            'fullName'     => $row['firstName'] . ' ' . $row['lastName'],
            'address'       => $row['address'],
            'dateOfBirth' => $row['dateOfBirth'],

You can view the repository here

You can view the project site here

Here is a demo implementation of the query provider mapping to SQL