RFC on developer interface of new PHP client

I've been working on a PHP client for ElasticSearch and would like to get
some comments/opinions on the library interface. The client is not in a
workable state yet, but the developer API is starting to come together. I
figure this is a good time to get some feedback before it becomes too
entrenched. If you are a PHP developer, I'd love your thoughts! Please
check the "Usage" section of the readme:

https://github.com/polyfractal/elasticsearch-sherlock/tree/release/v0.1.0

My main goal is to provide a library interface that focuses on simplicity
and brevity. I dislike needing to know the internal classes of a library
(e.g. to instantiate a QueryString class or whatever). Instead, Sherlock
relies on the main library class to build requests through method calls. I
also use method chaining liberally so that the developer can flow through
various ES settings quickly.

That's the goal at least. But I've been staring at the code for a while,
so outside opinion is greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
-Zach

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Quick update: I've added the ability to compose most library functions out
of associative arrays or raw JSON instead of using the ORM interface
(thanks for the suggestion Clinton / Joe), as well as refactoring various
helper methods into static function. Finally, I've put up a basic
quickstart guide to show a more extended example of the syntax:

http://sherlockphp.org/quickstart.html

I want to add filters and a bit more test coverage before releasing a
version, but I'm hoping to have v0.1 out the door (and onto Packagist) by
the end of the week.

Any comments, critique or hate mail welcome!
-Zach

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:30:56 PM UTC-5, Zachary Tong wrote:

I've been working on a PHP client for ElasticSearch and would like to get
some comments/opinions on the library interface. The client is not in a
workable state yet, but the developer API is starting to come together. I
figure this is a good time to get some feedback before it becomes too
entrenched. If you are a PHP developer, I'd love your thoughts! Please
check the "Usage" section of the readme:

https://github.com/polyfractal/elasticsearch-sherlock/tree/release/v0.1.0

My main goal is to provide a library interface that focuses on simplicity
and brevity. I dislike needing to know the internal classes of a library
(e.g. to instantiate a QueryString class or whatever). Instead, Sherlock
relies on the main library class to build requests through method calls. I
also use method chaining liberally so that the developer can flow through
various ES settings quickly.

That's the goal at least. But I've been staring at the code for a while,
so outside opinion is greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
-Zach

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