PHP arrays are cool, but if you are switching to the modern coding standards (OOP) you are probably in need of objects more often.
PHP provides a very easy way to change the type of a variable from an array to an object. It’s done via typecasting.
Here’s an example:
'John', 'surname'=>'Walker' );
// The actual conversion $obj = (object) $arr;
echo $obj->name; // Will display John ?>