The cooker is a tool to turn arrays (forms, XML, JSON) into beans. An array has to contain a key named 'type' containing the type of bean it represents. Further more an array can contain own-lists and shared-lists as nested arrays.
$bandMemberArr = array(
'type' => 'bandmember',
'name' => 'Duke',
'ownInstrument' => array(
$bandMemberBean = R::graph($bandMemberArr);
In this example we convert the array 'bandMemberArr' to a bean of type 'bandmember'. The bean can now be stored in the database.
If an array has a field with key 'id', the Cooker will try to load the bean instead of dispensing a fresh bean. This means you can also update parts of beans.
The fact that the Cooker also automatically loads beans can become a security issue if
you don't verify ID integrity. From RedBeanPHP 3.4 on the Cooker will have an extra
safety setting; if you want to enable bean loading you need to invoke:
first. Otherwise the Cooker will not load and/or update existing beans.
R::graph($array,TRUE) will ignore all beans that appear to be empty (You can use this if you build forms; it makes it possible to add an empty form entry to add a new entity of something).
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