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Loading Vendor Files in CakePHP 2.0

I'm currently upgrading one of our projects to CakePHP 2.0. Unfortunately the "first line" of code makes problems, and I can't find a solution to that problem.

In CakePHP 1.3 I had an App::import("Vendor", "facebook"); statement right before the AppController class gets defined. The referenced file is located under /app/vendors/facebook/facebook.php (and includes itself the base_facebook.php file).

I tried many different ways to include the file now in CakePHP 2.0 according to the File naming and class loading described here: File naming and class loading changes in CakePHP 2.0

I renamed the path to app/Vendor/Facebook/Facebook.php, or app/Vendor/Facebook/facebook.php, and tried following methods:

App::uses("Facebook", "Vendor/Facebook");
App::uses("Facebook", "Facebook");
App::uses("Facebook", "Vendor/Facebook/Facebook.php");
App::uses("Facebook", "Vendor");

Has anyone find a way to reference a vendor file yet? Because of the lazy loading the methods above do not fire an error/warning, so it's kind of annoying to debug this...

Vendors cannot be loaded using App::uses() in CakePHP, this is because CakePHP cannot expect external libraries to follow the same standards regarding folder and file naming. You can still use App::import('Vendor', ...) as you did in version 1.3 of the framework.

Now, using App::import() for vendors is kind of silly, if you think about it. It is just an expensive, verbose and very silly wrapper for require_once().

In 2.0, we actually encourage people to use require or require_once for their Vendor libraries. You can get the location of the Vendor folder using App::path('Vendor') or just APP . 'Vendor' . DS.

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    • Hi Jose, thx for the quick reply. require_once works just fine - I hadn't thought of that. Nonetheless, the old App::import("Vendor", ...) syntax doesn't work for me.
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    • Btw, the old App::import() usage as you show it will not work, because you need to provide the relative path to the class. import() will not look into the directories recursively anymore for performance reasons. I've heard reports about it, but no tickets opened in the issue tracker. The unit tests for that feature are all passing as expected, though. I will try to write a real-world example to actually validate that it works as expected. Thanks!
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    • Why am I still getting "class 'Facebook' not found" though I have used require_once(APP . 'Vendor' . DS . 'facebook' . DS . 'facebook.php'); ? File is found but it can't somehow load it. I also tried giving more access rights to that folder.. @Jo

Assume you'r vendor file located /app/vendors/facebook/facebook.php here.

The following line should do the same like App:: import() in the older version of CakePHP

 require_once(ROOT . DS . 'app' . DS .'Vendor' . DS  . 'facebook' . DS . 'src' . DS . 'facebook.php');

 $facebookApi = new facebook();
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