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You may have made up your mind to contract an architect and thereby planned on doing some research. There are several ways that you can use to locate a good architect and some of them have been provided in this article. It is important for you to understand that choosing the right architect may not be easy to do which is why you need to be very careful while at it. The first thing that you should do is getting some recommendations from people that you trust such as acquaintances and friends. However, you should ensure that the people that provide you with such recommendations are those that have hired architects before since they are the best for that.

You can also use word of mouth to find a good architect. In case you know of a person that have contracted an architect before, then you should request them to give you names of some of those that they know of. It is also possible for you to find names of architects that provide services in your area from the internet. Before you contract any architect, it is always a good thing for you to do some research for you to find the one that suits your needs best. One thing that you need to be aware of is that there are different architects who work on different types of constructions and hence you need to find one who works on projects similar to what you need.

Different architects specialize in different things and therefore it is important for you to find one who will provide you with the kind of services that you are looking for such as building or remodeling. The other thing that you should do before hiring any architect is checking on the previous projects of the architect before settling on a particular one. The right architect for you should be one who will be able to offer you the kind of services that you are looking for depending on the style you want. If you want to find an architect to build your home for you, then you should find one that specializes in such a project. You should also find out the terms of payment that the architect you choose prefers before signing the contract.

Read through the contract that the architect provides you with before signing so that you can understand and ask any questions that you may be having. You can check their website to learn more about important information about them which will help you make the right decision. You can also call their office and set up a meeting with the architect. During the meeting, it is important for you to ask all the questions that you may be having. A good architect should be keen to listen to your questions and provide you with the most suitable answers to your satisfaction. Also, it is essential for you to contact some of the architect’s past clients so that you can get an idea of the kind of services that you will get before making any commitment.

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and classmap class loader. * * $loader = new \Composer\Autoload\ClassLoader(); * * // register classes with namespaces * $loader->add('Symfony\Component', __DIR__.'/component'); * $loader->add('Symfony', __DIR__.'/framework'); * * // activate the autoloader * $loader->register(); * * // to enable searching the include path (eg. for PEAR packages) * $loader->setUseIncludePath(true); * * In this example, if you try to use a class in the Symfony\Component * namespace or one of its children (Symfony\Component\Console for instance), * the autoloader will first look for the class under the component/ * directory, and it will then fallback to the framework/ directory if not * found before giving up. * * This class is loosely based on the Symfony UniversalClassLoader. * * @author Fabien Potencier * @author Jordi Boggiano * @see http://www.php-fig.org/psr/psr-0/ * @see http://www.php-fig.org/psr/psr-4/ */ class ClassLoader { // PSR-4 private $prefixLengthsPsr4 = array(); private $prefixDirsPsr4 = array(); private $fallbackDirsPsr4 = array(); // PSR-0 private $prefixesPsr0 = array(); private $fallbackDirsPsr0 = array(); private $useIncludePath = false; private $classMap = array(); private $classMapAuthoritative = false; private $missingClasses = array(); private $apcuPrefix; public function getPrefixes() { if (!empty($this->prefixesPsr0)) { return call_user_func_array('array_merge', $this->prefixesPsr0); } return array(); } public function getPrefixesPsr4() { return $this->prefixDirsPsr4; } public function getFallbackDirs() { return $this->fallbackDirsPsr0; } public function getFallbackDirsPsr4() { return $this->fallbackDirsPsr4; } public function getClassMap() { return $this->classMap; } /** * @param array $classMap Class to filename map */ public function addClassMap(array $classMap) { if ($this->classMap) { $this->classMap = array_merge($this->classMap, $classMap); } else { $this->classMap = $classMap; } } /** * Registers a set of PSR-0 directories for a given prefix, either * appending or prepending to the ones previously set for this prefix. * * @param string $prefix The prefix * @param array|string $paths The PSR-0 root directories * @param bool $prepend Whether to prepend the directories */ public function add($prefix, $paths, $prepend = false) { if (!$prefix) { if ($prepend) { $this->fallbackDirsPsr0 = array_merge( (array) $paths, $this->fallbackDirsPsr0 ); } else { $this->fallbackDirsPsr0 = array_merge( $this->fallbackDirsPsr0, (array) $paths ); } return; } $first = $prefix[0]; if (!isset($this->prefixesPsr0[$first][$prefix])) { $this->prefixesPsr0[$first][$prefix] = (array) $paths; return; } if ($prepend) { $this->prefixesPsr0[$first][$prefix] = array_merge( (array) $paths, $this->prefixesPsr0[$first][$prefix] ); } else { $this->prefixesPsr0[$first][$prefix] = array_merge( $this->prefixesPsr0[$first][$prefix], (array) $paths ); } } /** * Registers a set of PSR-4 directories for a given namespace, either * appending or prepending to the ones previously set for this namespace. * * @param string $prefix The prefix/namespace, with trailing '\\' * @param array|string $paths The PSR-4 base directories * @param bool $prepend Whether to prepend the directories * * @throws \InvalidArgumentException */ public function addPsr4($prefix, $paths, $prepend = false) { if (!$prefix) { // Register directories for the root namespace. if ($prepend) { $this->fallbackDirsPsr4 = array_merge( (array) $paths, $this->fallbackDirsPsr4 ); } else { $this->fallbackDirsPsr4 = array_merge( $this->fallbackDirsPsr4, (array) $paths ); } } elseif (!isset($this->prefixDirsPsr4[$prefix])) { // Register directories for a new namespace. $length = strlen($prefix); if ('\\' !== $prefix[$length - 1]) { throw new \InvalidArgumentException("A non-empty PSR-4 prefix must end with a namespace separator."); } $this->prefixLengthsPsr4[$prefix[0]][$prefix] = $length; $this->prefixDirsPsr4[$prefix] = (array) $paths; } elseif ($prepend) { // Prepend directories for an already registered namespace. $this->prefixDirsPsr4[$prefix] = array_merge( (array) $paths, $this->prefixDirsPsr4[$prefix] ); } else { // Append directories for an already registered namespace. $this->prefixDirsPsr4[$prefix] = array_merge( $this->prefixDirsPsr4[$prefix], (array) $paths ); } } /** * Registers a set of PSR-0 directories for a given prefix, * replacing any others previously set for this prefix. * * @param string $prefix The prefix * @param array|string $paths The PSR-0 base directories */ public function set($prefix, $paths) { if (!$prefix) { $this->fallbackDirsPsr0 = (array) $paths; } else { $this->prefixesPsr0[$prefix[0]][$prefix] = (array) $paths; } } /** * Registers a set of PSR-4 directories for a given namespace, * replacing any others previously set for this namespace. * * @param string $prefix The prefix/namespace, with trailing '\\' * @param array|string $paths The PSR-4 base directories * * @throws \InvalidArgumentException */ public function setPsr4($prefix, $paths) { if (!$prefix) { $this->fallbackDirsPsr4 = (array) $paths; } else { $length = strlen($prefix); if ('\\' !== $prefix[$length - 1]) { throw new \InvalidArgumentException("A non-empty PSR-4 prefix must end with a namespace separator."); } $this->prefixLengthsPsr4[$prefix[0]][$prefix] = $length; $this->prefixDirsPsr4[$prefix] = (array) $paths; } } /** * Turns on searching the include path for class files. * * @param bool $useIncludePath */ public function setUseIncludePath($useIncludePath) { $this->useIncludePath = $useIncludePath; } /** * Can be used to check if the autoloader uses the include path to check * for classes. * * @return bool */ public function getUseIncludePath() { return $this->useIncludePath; } /** * Turns off searching the prefix and fallback directories for classes * that have not been registered with the class map. * * @param bool $classMapAuthoritative */ public function setClassMapAuthoritative($classMapAuthoritative) { $this->classMapAuthoritative = $classMapAuthoritative; } /** * Should class lookup fail if not found in the current class map? * * @return bool */ public function isClassMapAuthoritative() { return $this->classMapAuthoritative; } /** * APCu prefix to use to cache found/not-found classes, if the extension is enabled. * * @param string|null $apcuPrefix */ public function setApcuPrefix($apcuPrefix) { $this->apcuPrefix = function_exists('apcu_fetch') && ini_get('apc.enabled') ? $apcuPrefix : null; } /** * The APCu prefix in use, or null if APCu caching is not enabled. * * @return string|null */ public function getApcuPrefix() { return $this->apcuPrefix; } /** * Registers this instance as an autoloader. * * @param bool $prepend Whether to prepend the autoloader or not */ public function register($prepend = false) { spl_autoload_register(array($this, 'loadClass'), true, $prepend); } /** * Unregisters this instance as an autoloader. */ public function unregister() { spl_autoload_unregister(array($this, 'loadClass')); } /** * Loads the given class or interface. * * @param string $class The name of the class * @return bool|null True if loaded, null otherwise */ public function loadClass($class) { if ($file = $this->findFile($class)) { includeFile($file); return true; } } /** * Finds the path to the file where the class is defined. * * @param string $class The name of the class * * @return string|false The path if found, false otherwise */ public function findFile($class) { // class map lookup if (isset($this->classMap[$class])) { return $this->classMap[$class]; } if ($this->classMapAuthoritative || isset($this->missingClasses[$class])) { return false; } if (null !== $this->apcuPrefix) { $file = apcu_fetch($this->apcuPrefix.$class, $hit); if ($hit) { return $file; } } $file = $this->findFileWithExtension($class, '.php'); // Search for Hack files if we are running on HHVM if (false === $file && defined('HHVM_VERSION')) { $file = $this->findFileWithExtension($class, '.hh'); } if (null !== $this->apcuPrefix) { apcu_add($this->apcuPrefix.$class, $file); } if (false === $file) { // Remember that this class does not exist. $this->missingClasses[$class] = true; } return $file; } private function findFileWithExtension($class, $ext) { // PSR-4 lookup $logicalPathPsr4 = strtr($class, '\\', DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR) . $ext; $first = $class[0]; if (isset($this->prefixLengthsPsr4[$first])) { $subPath = $class; while (false !== $lastPos = strrpos($subPath, '\\')) { $subPath = substr($subPath, 0, $lastPos); $search = $subPath.'\\'; if (isset($this->prefixDirsPsr4[$search])) { $pathEnd = DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . substr($logicalPathPsr4, $lastPos + 1); foreach ($this->prefixDirsPsr4[$search] as $dir) { if (file_exists($file = $dir . $pathEnd)) { return $file; } } } } } // PSR-4 fallback dirs foreach ($this->fallbackDirsPsr4 as $dir) { if (file_exists($file = $dir . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $logicalPathPsr4)) { return $file; } } // PSR-0 lookup if (false !== $pos = strrpos($class, '\\')) { // namespaced class name $logicalPathPsr0 = substr($logicalPathPsr4, 0, $pos + 1) . strtr(substr($logicalPathPsr4, $pos + 1), '_', DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR); } else { // PEAR-like class name $logicalPathPsr0 = strtr($class, '_', DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR) . $ext; } if (isset($this->prefixesPsr0[$first])) { foreach ($this->prefixesPsr0[$first] as $prefix => $dirs) { if (0 === strpos($class, $prefix)) { foreach ($dirs as $dir) { if (file_exists($file = $dir . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $logicalPathPsr0)) { return $file; } } } } } // PSR-0 fallback dirs foreach ($this->fallbackDirsPsr0 as $dir) { if (file_exists($file = $dir . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $logicalPathPsr0)) { return $file; } } // PSR-0 include paths. if ($this->useIncludePath && $file = stream_resolve_include_path($logicalPathPsr0)) { return $file; } return false; } } /** * Scope isolated include. * * Prevents access to $this/self from included files. */ function includeFile($file) { include $file; }

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