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Element is a Glowie generic object instance used to store and handle data. Basically everything data-related in Glowie will use an object of type Element. Here you'll find more about this class and how to work with it.

Creating an Element

To start an Element object, create a new instance of the Glowie\Core\Element class.


use Glowie\Core\Element;
$element = new Element();

Optionally, you can pass as the first argument of the constructor an associative array of data. By doing so, the Element object will fill its properties using the keys and values from this array.

Storing data

To store data in the Element, use $element->set(). The first parameter is the key for the data you are storing, and the second parameter its value. Values can be any type of variable.


$element->set('name', 'Glowie'); # Stores "Glowie" value into "name" key

You can also use magic setters to store data as properties of the Element object.


$element->name = 'Glowie';

Retrieving data

To retrieve data from the Element, use $element->get() passing the key for the data you are getting.

The second parameter is an optional default value. If the key you provide does not exist, this function returns the default value you've set.


$name = $element->get('name'); # Returns "Glowie"
$page = $element->get('page', 1); # Returns "1"

The same way as in $element->set(), you can also use magic getters to retrieve data as properties from the Element object.


$name = $element->name;

Converting data
To retrieve the whole Element data as an associative array, use $element->toArray().

You can also convert the Element data to a JSON string with $element->toJson().

Checking for data

If you want to check if some property is stored, use $element->has() along with the key you want to check.


$check = $element->has('name'); # Returns true

You can also use isset() function and the magic getter for the key you want to check.


$check = isset($element->name);

Removing data

You can remove data from the Element by using $element->remove() along with the key for the data you want to remove.


$element->remove('name'); # Removes "name" key and its data

You can also remove data using unset() function and the magic getter for the key you want to remove.



To delete all data from an Element at once, use $element->flush().