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Entities in the Session
There are several use-cases to save entities in the session, for example:
- User object
- Multi-step forms
To achieve this with Doctrine you have to pay attention to some details to get this working.
Merging entity into an EntityManager
In Doctrine an entity objects has to be managed by an EntityManager to be
updateable. Entities saved into the session are not managed in the next request
anymore. This means that you have to register these entities with an
EntityManager again if you want to change them or use them as part of
references between other entities. You can achieve this by calling
For a representative User object the code to get turn an instance from the session into a managed Doctrine object looks like this:
A frequent mistake is not to get the merged user object from the return
Serializing entity into the session
Entities that are serialized into the session normally contain references to
other entities as well. Think of the user entity has a reference to his
articles, groups, photos or many other different entities. If you serialize
this object into the session then you don't want to serialize the related
entities as well. This is why you should call
EntityManager#detach() on this
object or implement the __sleep() magic method on your entity.
When you called detach on your objects they get unmanaged with that
entity manager. This means you cannot use them as part of write operations