What is dependency injection container in PHP?

To better understand dependency injection container, the dependency injection design pattern is a prerequisite.

Dependency injection container is very useful and recommended way of managing class dependencies. It is a utility which helps you to implement the dependency injection pattern in your application.

Dependency injection container is a combination of container design pattern, factory pattern and (optionally) flyweight pattern when utilizing objects as service descriptors. General implementations of dependency injection container are also inspecting components (utilizing reflection).

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