We are moving our forum in GitHub Discussions. For questions about Phalcon v3/v4 you can visit here and for Phalcon v5 here.

Solved thread

This post is marked as solved. If you think the information contained on this thread must be part of the official documentation, please contribute submitting a pull request to its repository.

MongoDB: how to access or to create a collection within xollectoin or an aray within a collection

Hi All,

As you may know, mongodb does contain documents onto a collection.

A document is a key/value pair

the value can be an array, another document, an array of document or a single value.

Now i want to create and edit a document with the following structure :

(of courses services is

 $service       = new Services();
        $service->type = "server";
        $service->name = "OOO";
        $service->start = 01012013;
        //$service->specs = array();
        $service->specs = new stdClass();

Another way t do it is as well to create a $service->specs = array ( "cpu" => "386" , "ram" =>"64G")

the following object is created then :

{ "_id" : ObjectId("5291cb1d620d13bb390e9677"), "type" : "server", "name" : "OOO", "start" : 267275, "specs" : { "cpu" : "386", "RAM" : "64G" } }

my problem is the following:

if I need to manipulate the specs key/value, it is not an object but an array.

something like that :

$services = Services::find();

returns an array for the specs (and not an object)

so if I want to update the array, i need to update the whole array, if not i will lose the information.

I was expecting to have the specs to be an object with the mongodb "ODM",

so for exemple:


will update my object by keeping the cpu parts (but in reality it is not).

If i want to add another document within the documents, how do i do that.

if we need to manipulate the whole array each time we need to update a single information, ODM is not very useful in that case.

So what are the best practices?




Objects are always returned as associative arrays. It's something related to a difference between the way PHP and JavaScript implement objects.


array(2) {
    'cpu' => 
    string(3) "386"
    'RAM' => 
    string(4) "128G"

This works and updates a single array element without overwriting whole array:



Thanks for your reply,

yes that kind of things is working, ans i am able to update only the part i am interested in, but that really seems weird that we end up with an associated array and not an object.