Constants & Functions

QuikcAppsCMS features a number of global convenience functions that may come in handy. Most of this functions are used by QuickAppsCMS’s core classes, but many others make working with arrays or strings a little easier.

We’ll also cover some of the constants available in QuickAppsCMS’s core. Using these constants will help make upgrades more smooth, but are also convenient ways to point to certain files or directories in your QuickAppsCMS website.

Global Functions

Here are QuickAppsCMS’s globally available functions. Most of them are just convenience wrappers for other core plugin functionalities, or shortcuts for commonly used pieces of logic.


Stores some bootstrap-handy information into a persistent file.

Information is stored in TMP/snapshot.php file, it contains useful information such as installed languages, content types slugs, etc. You can read this information using Configure::read() as follow:


Or using the quickapps() global function:

normalizePath(string $path, string $ds = DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR)

Normalizes the given file system path, makes sure that all DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR are the same, so you won’t get a mix of “/” and “\” in your paths:

// output: /some/path/to/some/thing/

You can indicate which “directory separator” symbol to use using the second argument:

normalizePath('/some/path\to//some\thing\', '\\');
// output:

By defaults uses DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR as symbol.

quickapps(string $key = null)

Shortcut for reading QuickApps’s snapshot configuration.

For example, quickapps('variables'); maps to Configure::read('QuickApps.variables');. If this function is used with no arguments, quickapps(), the entire snapshot will be returned.

option(string $name, mixed $default = false)

Shortcut for getting an option value from “options” DB table.

The second arguments, $default, is used as default value to return if no value is found. If not value is found and not default values was given this function will return false:

plugin(string $plugin = null)

Shortcut for “Plugin::get()”:

$specialSetting = plugin('MyPlugin')->settings['special_setting'];
theme(string $name = null)

Gets the given (or in use) theme as a package object:

// current theme
$bgColor = theme()->settings['background_color'];

// specific theme
$bgColor = theme('BlueTheme')->settings['background_color'];

Returns a list of all registered event listeners in the system.

packageSplit(string $name, bool $camelize)

Splits a composer package syntax into its vendor and package name. Commonly used like list($vendor, $package) = packageSplit($name);. Example:

list($vsendor, $package) = packageSplit('some-vendor/this-package', true);
echo "{$vendor} : {$package}";
// prints: SomeVendor : ThisPackage
array_move(array $list, integer $index, string $direction)

Moves up or down the given element by index from a list array of elements.

If item could not be moved, the original list will be returned. Valid values for $direction are up or down:

array_move(['a', 'b', 'c'], 1, 'up');
// returns: ['a', 'c', 'b']
php_eval(string $code, array $args =[])

Evaluate a string of PHP code.

This is a wrapper around PHP’s eval(). It uses output buffering to capture both returned and printed text. Unlike eval(), we require code to be surrounded by tags; in other words, we evaluate the code as if it were a stand-alone PHP file.

Using this wrapper also ensures that the PHP code which is evaluated can not overwrite any variables in the calling code, unlike a regular eval() call:

echo php_eval('<?php return "Hello {$world}!"; ?>', ['world' => 'WORLD']);
// output: Hello WORLD
get_this_class_methods(string $class)

Return only the methods for the given object. It will strip out inherited methods.

str_replace_once(string $search, string $replace, string $subject)

Replace the first occurrence only:

echo str_replace_once('A', 'a', 'AAABBBCCC');
// out: aAABBBCCC
str_replace_last(string $search, string $replace, string $subject)

Replace the last occurrence only:

echo str_replace_once('A', 'a', 'AAABBBCCC');
// out: AAaBBBCCC
str_starts_with(string $haystack, string $needle)

Check if $haystack string starts with $needle string:

str_starts_with('lorem ipsum', 'lo'); // true
str_starts_with('lorem ipsum', 'ipsum'); // false
str_ends_with(string $haystack, string $needle)

Check if $haystack string ends with $needle string:

str_ends_with('lorem ipsum', 'm'); // true
str_ends_with('dolorem sit amet', 'at'); // false
language(string $key = null)

Retrieves information for current language.

Useful when you need to read current language’s code, direction, etc. It will return all the information if no $key is given:

// may return: en-us

// may return:
    'name' => 'English',
    'code' => 'en-us',
    'iso' => 'en',
    'country' => 'US',
    'direction' => 'ltr',
    'icon' => 'us.gif',

Accepted keys are:

  • name: Language’s name, e.g. English, Spanish, etc.

  • code: Localized language’s code, e.g. en-us, es, etc.

  • iso: Language’s ISO 639-1 code, e.g. en, es, fr, etc.

  • country: Language’s country code, e.g. US, ES, FR, etc.

  • direction: Language writing direction, possible values are “ltr” or “rtl”.

  • icon: Flag icon (it may be empty) e.g. es.gif, en.gif, icons files are located in Locale plugin’s /webroot/img/flags/ directory, to render an icon using HtmlHelper you should do as follow:

    echo $this->Html->image('Locale.flags/' . language('icon'));

Retrieves current user’s information (logged in or not) as an entity object:

$user = user();
echo user()->name;
// prints "Anonymous" if not logged in

Core Definition Constants

In addition to CakePHP’s constants, QuickAppsCMS’s provides some commonly used constants. Most of the following constants refer to paths in your application.


Absolute path to composer’s “vendor” directory where quickapps & cakephp can be found. Includes trailing slash.

constant SITE_ROOT

Path to site’s root directory, where “webroot” directory can be found. No trailing slash.


Path to QuickAppsCMS’s core directory, where “src” directory can be found. Includes trailing slash.


Time in seconds for how long user’s token are valid. Defaults to DAY (24 hours).


ID for “administrator” role, must match the ID stored in DB. You should never change this value on production site.


ID for “authenticated” role, must match the ID stored in DB. You should never change this value on production site.


ID for “anonymous” role, must match the ID stored in DB. You should never change this value on production site.

constant CORE_LOCALE

Language in which QuickAppsCMS’s core was written. This value is commonly used as fallback language and should NEVER be changed!. Defaults to en_US