Introducing the Symfony Maker Bundle

If you’ve been around the Symfony community for some time, odds are you know and
have used the SensioGeneratorBundle. It’s a popular bundle (+20 million
downloads) that provides console commands to generate boilerplate code, like
controllers and entities. It also includes a basic CRUD generator.

Given that SensioGeneratorBundle is starting to show its age and considering the
massive simplifications introduced by Symfony 4, we decided to stop evolving
that bundle and we’ve created a new bundle called SymfonyMakerBundle.

SymfonyMakerBundle helps you creating empty commands, controllers, form classes,
tests and more so you can forget about the required boilerplate code. It’s an
alternative to SensioGeneratorBundle for modern Symfony applications and
requires using Symfony 3.4 or newer and Symfony Flex.

Of course the end goal is to not have boilerplate code at all in Symfony
applications. Symfony 4 made a lot of improvements towards that goal, but you
will always have to bootstrap some code, so having a modern, simple and
lightweight bundle to do that is nice.

Generating Code with Makers

The usage of the bundle is similar to SensioGeneratorBundle, but the commands
now use the make: prefix instead of generate:. In this first version of
the bundle we’ve implemented the following makers:

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$ php bin/console list make

  make:command
  make:controller
  make:entity
  make:form
  make:functional-test
  make:subscriber
  make:twig-extension
  make:unit-test
  make:validator
  make:voter

Later we’ll add more commands, including some interactive makers to generate a
Doctrine entity asking for its properties, to generate a form based on a
Doctrine entity, etc.

How Can You Help Us

The best way to help us is to test it in your own applications and report any
issue or uncovered edge case. You can also review the code to improve it using
any of the modern PHP 7.1 features.

If you have ideas for new features or maker commands, please open an issue to
discuss about them instead of sending a pull request.

Finally, it’d be great if you could give this project a GitHub Star because
that motivates us a lot.


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