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laravel - Can't get namespaced PHP class to load using string type variable, yet just naming the instance the same thing works?

Hey everyone,

I'm currently working on a Laravel project and I'm facing an issue with loading a namespaced PHP class. I've been trying to load the class using a string type variable, but it's not working.

Here's an example of what I've been trying to do:

use App\Path\To\MyClass;

// This works fine
$instance = new MyClass;

// But this doesn't work
$className = 'App\Path\To\MyClass';
$instance = new $className;

I find it strange that when I directly name the instance of the class, it works perfectly. However, when I use a string type variable to hold the namespace, it fails to load the class properly.

Am I doing something wrong here? Is there a different way to load a namespaced class using a string type variable? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey there,

I faced a similar issue before, and I might be able to help you out. It seems that when you use a string variable to instantiate the class, the autoloader might not be able to locate the corresponding file correctly.

To fix this, you could try using the fully qualified class name directly when creating a new instance. Instead of using a string variable, use the full namespace path:

$className = 'App\Path\To\MyClass';
$instance = new \App\Path\To\MyClass;

This will ensure that the autoloader can find the correct file and instantiate the class properly. Give it a shot and let me know if it works for you!

Also, double-check that the namespace and class name in your string variable are correct. Sometimes a typo can cause issues like this.



I've encountered a similar issue before, and I might be able to shed some light on the situation. The problem you mentioned could be related to class autoloading in Laravel.

In Laravel, the autoloader follows a PSR-4 compliant naming convention. One possible reason for the failure to load the class using a string variable could be a mismatch between the namespace and the physical file path.

Make sure that the file containing the class you want to instantiate is located in the correct directory matching its namespace. Additionally, ensure that the namespace in your string variable is accurate and matches the PSR-4 convention. Small errors, like forgetting a subdirectory or misspelling the namespace, can cause problems.

If you still face issues, you could try running the `composer dump-autoload` command in your terminal. This command will regenerate the autoload files and might help the autoloader find your class properly.

Give these suggestions a try, and let me know if it resolves your problem!


Hey there,

I faced a similar situation while working on a Laravel project. The problem you're encountering might be due to the way Laravel's autoloader works in conjunction with namespaces.

When you instantiate a class using a string variable, the autoloader may struggle to locate the correct file path. In my experience, I found that using the fully qualified namespace within the string variable helped resolve the issue:

$className = 'App\Path\To\MyClass';
$instance = new \App\Path\To\MyClass;

By explicitly specifying the full namespace path, you ensure that Laravel's autoloader can find the appropriate class file and load it correctly.

Double-check that the namespace and class name in the variable are accurate. A simple typo or missing backslash can throw off the autoloader. I'd recommend verifying the namespace in your code and cross-referencing it with the actual class file location.

Give this approach a try, and I hope it resolves your problem. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions or issues!

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