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class

La definición básica de clases comienza con la palabra clave class, seguido por un nombre de clase, continuado por un par de llaves que encierran las definiciones de las propiedades y métodos pertenecientes a la clase.

El nombre de clase puede ser cualquier etiqueta válida, siempre que no sea una palabra reservada de PHP. Un nombre válido de clase comienza con una letra o un guión bajo, seguido de la cantidad de letras, números o guiones bajos que sea. Como una expresión regular, se expresaría de la siguiente forma: ^[a-zA-Z_\x7f-\xff][a-zA-Z0-9_\x7f-\xff]*$.

Una clase puede tener sus propias constantes, variables (llamadas "propiedades"), y funciones (llamadas "métodos").

Ejemplo #1 Definición simple de una clase

<?php
class SimpleClass
{
    
// Declaración de la propiedad
    
public $var 'a default value';

    
// Declaración del método
    
public function displayVar() {
        echo 
$this->var;
    }
}
?>

La pseudo-variable $this está disponible cuando un método es invocado dentro del contexto de un objeto. $this es una referencia del objeto que invoca (usualmente el objeto al que el método pertenece, pero posiblemente sea otro objeto, si el método es llamado estáticamente desde el contexto de un objeto secundario).

Ejemplo #2 Algunos ejemplo de la pseudo-variable $this

<?php
class A
{
    function 
foo()
    {
        if (isset(
$this)) {
            echo 
'$this está definida (';
            echo 
get_class($this);
            echo 
")\n";
        } else {
            echo 
"\$this no está definida.\n";
        }
    }
}

class 
B
{
    function 
bar()
    {
        
// Nota: la siguiente línea arrojará un Warning si E_STRICT está habilitada.
        
A::foo();
    }
}

$a = new A();
$a->foo();

// Nota: la siguiente línea arrojará un Warning si E_STRICT está habilitada.
A::foo();
$b = new B();
$b->bar();

// Nota: la siguiente línea arrojará un Warning si E_STRICT está habilitada.
B::bar();
?>

El resultado del ejemplo sería:

$this está definida (A)
$this no está definida.
$this está definida (B)
$this no está definida.

new

Para crear una instancia de una clase, la palabra clave new debe ser usada. Un objeto siempre se creará a menos que el objeto tenga un constructor que arroje una excepción en caso de error. Las clases deberían ser definidas antes de la instanciación (y en algunos casos esto es un requerimiento).

Si un string que contiene el nombre de una clase se usa con new, una nueva instancia de esa clase será creada. Si la clase está en un espacio de nombres, su nombre completo debe ser usado cuando se hace esto.

Ejemplo #3 Creación de una instancia

<?php
$instance 
= new SimpleClass();

// Esto también se puede hacer con variables:
$className 'Foo';
$instance = new $className(); // Foo()
?>

En el contexto de una clase, es posible crear un nuevo objeto con new self y new parent.

Cuando se asigna una instancia de una clase ya creada a una nueva variable, ésta última accederá a la misma instancia como al objeto que le fue asignado. Esta conducta es la misma cuando se pasan instancias a una función. Una copia de un objeto ya creado se puede lograr a través de la clonación de la misma.

Ejemplo #4 Asignación de objetos

<?php

$instance 
= new SimpleClass();

$assigned   =  $instance;
$reference  =& $instance;

$instance->var '$assigned tendrá este valor';

$instance null// $instance y $reference se transforman en null

var_dump($instance);
var_dump($reference);
var_dump($assigned);
?>

El resultado del ejemplo sería:

NULL
NULL
object(SimpleClass)#1 (1) {
   ["var"]=>
     string(30) "$assigned tendrá este valor"
}

PHP 5.3.0 introdujo un par de nuevas maneras para crear instancias de un objeto:

Ejemplo #5 Creando nuevos objetos

<?php
class Test
{
    static public function 
getNew()
    {
        return new static;
    }
}

class 
Child extends Test
{}

$obj1 = new Test();
$obj2 = new $obj1;
var_dump($obj1 !== $obj2);

$obj3 Test::getNew();
var_dump($obj3 instanceof Test);

$obj4 Child::getNew();
var_dump($obj4 instanceof Child);
?>

El resultado del ejemplo sería:

bool(true)
bool(true)
bool(true)

extends

Una clase puede heredar los métodos y propiedades de otra clase al utilizar la palabra clave extends en la declaración de la clase. No es posible extender múltiples clases; una clase sólo puede heredar de una clase base.

Los métodos y propiedades heredados pueden ser sobrescritos con la redeclaración de éstos utilizando el mismo nombre que en la clase parent. Sin embargo, si la clase parent definió un método como final, éste no podrá ser sobrescrito. Es posible acceder a los métodos sobrescritos o propiedades estáticas referenciándolos con parent::.

Cuando se sobrescriben métodos, la cantidad y disposición de los parámetros debería ser la misma o PHP generará un error a nivel de E_STRICT. Esto no se aplica a los constructores, que permiten la sobrescritura con diferentes parámetros.

Ejemplo #6 Herencia simple de clases

<?php
class ExtendClass extends SimpleClass
{
    
// Redefinición del método parent
    
function displayVar()
    {
        echo 
"Clase extendida\n";
        
parent::displayVar();
    }
}

$extended = new ExtendClass();
$extended->displayVar();
?>

El resultado del ejemplo sería:

Clase extendida
un valor por defecto

::class

Desde PHP 5.5, la palabra clave class también se usa para la resolución de nombres de clases. Se puede obtener un string con un nombre completamente cualificado de la clase NombreClase usando NombreClase::class. Esto es particularmete útil con clases con espacios de nombres.

Ejemplo #7 Resolución de nombres de clases

<?php
namespace NS {
    class 
NombreClase {
    }
    
    echo 
NombreClase::class;
}
?>

El resultado del ejemplo sería:

NS\NombreClase

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User Contributed Notes 19 notes

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aaron at thatone dot com
6 years ago
I was confused at first about object assignment, because it's not quite the same as normal assignment or assignment by reference. But I think I've figured out what's going on.

First, think of variables in PHP as data slots. Each one is a name that points to a data slot that can hold a value that is one of the basic data types: a number, a string, a boolean, etc. When you create a reference, you are making a second name that points at the same data slot. When you assign one variable to another, you are copying the contents of one data slot to another data slot.

Now, the trick is that object instances are not like the basic data types. They cannot be held in the data slots directly. Instead, an object's "handle" goes in the data slot. This is an identifier that points at one particular instance of an obect. So, the object handle, although not directly visible to the programmer, is one of the basic datatypes.

What makes this tricky is that when you take a variable which holds an object handle, and you assign it to another variable, that other variable gets a copy of the same object handle. This means that both variables can change the state of the same object instance. But they are not references, so if one of the variables is assigned a new value, it does not affect the other variable.

<?php
// Assignment of an object
Class Object{
   public
$foo="bar";
};

$objectVar = new Object();
$reference =& $objectVar;
$assignment = $objectVar

//
// $objectVar --->+---------+
//                |(handle1)----+
// $reference --->+---------+   |
//                              |
//                +---------+   |
// $assignment -->|(handle1)----+
//                +---------+   |
//                              |
//                              v
//                  Object(1):foo="bar"
//
?>

$assignment has a different data slot from $objectVar, but its data slot holds a handle to the same object. This makes it behave in some ways like a reference. If you use the variable $objectVar to change the state of the Object instance, those changes also show up under $assignment, because it is pointing at that same Object instance.

<?php
$objectVar
->foo = "qux";
print_r( $objectVar );
print_r( $reference );
print_r( $assignment );

//
// $objectVar --->+---------+
//                |(handle1)----+
// $reference --->+---------+   |
//                              |
//                +---------+   |
// $assignment -->|(handle1)----+
//                +---------+   |
//                              |
//                              v
//                  Object(1):foo="qux"
//
?>

But it is not exactly the same as a reference. If you null out $objectVar, you replace the handle in its data slot with NULL. This means that $reference, which points at the same data slot, will also be NULL. But $assignment, which is a different data slot, will still hold its copy of the handle to the Object instance, so it will not be NULL.

<?php
$objectVar
= null;
print_r($objectVar);
print_r($reference);
print_r($assignment);

//
// $objectVar --->+---------+
//                |  NULL   |
// $reference --->+---------+
//                          
//                +---------+
// $assignment -->|(handle1)----+
//                +---------+   |
//                              |
//                              v
//                  Object(1):foo="qux"
?>
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Doug
4 years ago
What is the difference between  $this  and  self ?

Inside a class definition, $this refers to the current object, while  self  refers to the current class.

It is necessary to refer to a class element using  self ,
and refer to an object element using  $this .
Note also how an object variable must be preceded by a keyword in its definition.

The following example illustrates a few cases:

<?php
class Classy {

const      
STAT = 'S' ; // no dollar sign for constants (they are always static)
static     $stat = 'Static' ;
public    
$publ = 'Public' ;
private   
$priv = 'Private' ;
protected 
$prot = 'Protected' ;

function
__construct( ){  }

public function
showMe( ){
    print
'<br> self::STAT: '  self::STAT ; // refer to a (static) constant like this
   
print '<br> self::$stat: ' . self::$stat ; // static variable
   
print '<br>$this->stat: '  . $this->stat ; // legal, but not what you might think: empty result
   
print '<br>$this->publ: '  . $this->publ ; // refer to an object variable like this
   
print '<br>' ;
}
}
$me = new Classy( ) ;
$me->showMe( ) ;

/* Produces this output:
self::STAT: S
self::$stat: Static
$this->stat:
$this->publ: Public
*/
?>
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wbcarts at juno dot com
6 years ago
CLASSES and OBJECTS that represent the "Ideal World"

Wouldn't it be great to get the lawn mowed by saying $son->mowLawn()? Assuming the function mowLawn() is defined, and you have a son that doesn't throw errors, the lawn will be mowed.

In the following example; let objects of type Line3D measure their own length in 3-dimensional space. Why should I or PHP have to provide another method from outside this class to calculate length, when the class itself holds all the neccessary data and has the education to make the calculation for itself?

<?php

/*
* Point3D.php
*
* Represents one locaton or position in 3-dimensional space
* using an (x, y, z) coordinate system.
*/
class Point3D
{
    public
$x;
    public
$y;
    public
$z;                  // the x coordinate of this Point.

    /*
     * use the x and y variables inherited from Point.php.
     */
   
public function __construct($xCoord=0, $yCoord=0, $zCoord=0)
    {
       
$this->x = $xCoord;
   
$this->y = $yCoord;
       
$this->z = $zCoord;
    }

   
/*
     * the (String) representation of this Point as "Point3D(x, y, z)".
     */
   
public function __toString()
    {
        return
'Point3D(x=' . $this->x . ', y=' . $this->y . ', z=' . $this->z . ')';
    }
}

/*
* Line3D.php
*
* Represents one Line in 3-dimensional space using two Point3D objects.
*/
class Line3D
{
   
$start;
   
$end;

    public function
__construct($xCoord1=0, $yCoord1=0, $zCoord1=0, $xCoord2=1, $yCoord2=1, $zCoord2=1)
    {
       
$this->start = new Point3D($xCoord1, $yCoord1, $zCoord1);
       
$this->end = new Point3D($xCoord2, $yCoord2, $zCoord2);
    }

   
/*
     * calculate the length of this Line in 3-dimensional space.
     */
   
public function getLength()
    {
        return
sqrt(
           
pow($this->start->x - $this->end->x, 2) +
           
pow($this->start->y - $this->end->y, 2) +
           
pow($this->start->z - $this->end->z, 2)
        );
    }

   
/*
     * The (String) representation of this Line as "Line3D[start, end, length]".
     */
   
public function __toString()
    {
        return
'Line3D[start=' . $this->start .
           
', end=' . $this->end .
           
', length=' . $this->getLength() . ']';
    }
}

/*
* create and display objects of type Line3D.
*/
echo '<p>' . (new Line3D()) . "</p>\n";
echo
'<p>' . (new Line3D(0, 0, 0, 100, 100, 0)) . "</p>\n";
echo
'<p>' . (new Line3D(0, 0, 0, 100, 100, 100)) . "</p>\n";

?>

  <--  The results look like this  -->

Line3D[start=Point3D(x=0, y=0, z=0), end=Point3D(x=1, y=1, z=1), length=1.73205080757]

Line3D[start=Point3D(x=0, y=0, z=0), end=Point3D(x=100, y=100, z=0), length=141.421356237]

Line3D[start=Point3D(x=0, y=0, z=0), end=Point3D(x=100, y=100, z=100), length=173.205080757]

My absolute favorite thing about OOP is that "good" objects keep themselves in check. I mean really, it's the exact same thing in reality... like, if you hire a plumber to fix your kitchen sink, wouldn't you expect him to figure out the best plan of attack? Wouldn't he dislike the fact that you want to control the whole job? Wouldn't you expect him to not give you additional problems? And for god's sake, it is too much to ask that he cleans up before he leaves?

I say, design your classes well, so they can do their jobs uninterrupted... who like bad news? And, if your classes and objects are well defined, educated, and have all the necessary data to work on (like the examples above do), you won't have to micro-manage the whole program from outside of the class. In other words... create an object, and LET IT RIP!
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Manish Gupta
2 years ago
Some thing that may be obvious to the seasoned PHP programmer, but may surprise someone coming over from C++:

<?php
class Foo
{
$bar = 'Hi There';

public function Print(){
    echo
$bar;
}
}
?>

Gives an error saying Print used undefined variable. One has to explicitly use (notice the use of <?php $this->bar ?>):

<?php
class Foo
{
$bar = 'Hi There';

public function Print(){
    echo
this->$bar;
}
}
?>

<?php echo $this->bar; ?> refers to the class member, while using $bar means using an uninitialized variable in the local context of the member function.
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Marcus
3 years ago
Here's another simple example.

<?php
// PHP 5

// class definition
class Bear {
   
// define properties
   
public $name;
    public
$weight;
    public
$age;
    public
$sex;
    public
$colour;

   
// constructor
   
public function __construct() {
       
$this->age = 0;
       
$this->weight = 100;
    }

   
// define methods
   
public function eat($units) {
        echo
$this->name." is eating ".$units." units of food... ";
       
$this->weight += $units;
    }

    public function
run() {
        echo
$this->name." is running... ";
    }

    public function
kill() {
        echo
$this->name." is killing prey... ";
    }

    public function
sleep() {
        echo
$this->name." is sleeping... ";
    }
}

// extended class definition
class PolarBear extends Bear {

   
// constructor
   
public function __construct() {
       
parent::__construct();
       
$this->colour = "white";
       
$this->weight = 600;
    }

   
// define methods
   
public function swim() {
        echo
$this->name." is swimming... ";
    }
}

?>
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Notes on stdClass
5 years ago
stdClass is the default PHP object. stdClass has no properties, methods or parent. It does not support magic methods, and implements no interfaces.

When you cast a scalar or array as Object, you get an instance of stdClass. You can use stdClass whenever you need a generic object instance.
<?php
// ways of creating stdClass instances
$x = new stdClass;
$y = (object) null;        // same as above
$z = (object) 'a';         // creates property 'scalar' = 'a'
$a = (object) array('property1' => 1, 'property2' => 'b');
?>

stdClass is NOT a base class! PHP classes do not automatically inherit from any class. All classes are standalone, unless they explicitly extend another class. PHP differs from many object-oriented languages in this respect.
<?php
// CTest does not derive from stdClass
class CTest {
    public
$property1;
}
$t = new CTest;
var_dump($t instanceof stdClass);            // false
var_dump(is_subclass_of($t, 'stdClass'));    // false
echo get_class($t) . "\n";                   // 'CTest'
echo get_parent_class($t) . "\n";            // false (no parent)
?>

You cannot define a class named 'stdClass' in your code. That name is already used by the system. You can define a class named 'Object'.

You could define a class that extends stdClass, but you would get no benefit, as stdClass does nothing.

(tested on PHP 5.2.8)
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Jeffrey
6 years ago
A PHP Class can be used for several things, but at the most basic level, you'll use classes to "organize and deal with like-minded data". Here's what I mean by "organizing like-minded data". First, start with unorganized data.

<?php
$customer_name
;
$item_name;
$item_price;
$customer_address;
$item_qty;
$item_total;
?>

Now to organize the data into PHP classes:

<?php
class Customer {
 
$name;          // same as $customer_name
 
$address;       // same as $customer_address
}

class
Item {
 
$name;          // same as $item_name
 
$price;         // same as $item_price
 
$qty;           // same as $item_qty
 
$total;         // same as $item_total
}
?>

Now here's what I mean by "dealing" with the data. Note: The data is already organized, so that in itself makes writing new functions extremely easy.

<?php
class Customer {
  public
$name, $address;                   // the data for this class...

  // function to deal with user-input / validation
  // function to build string for output
  // function to write -> database
  // function to  read <- database
  // etc, etc
}

class
Item {
  public
$name, $price, $qty, $total;        // the data for this class...

  // function to calculate total
  // function to format numbers
  // function to deal with user-input / validation
  // function to build string for output
  // function to write -> database
  // function to  read <- database
  // etc, etc
}
?>

Imagination that each function you write only calls the bits of data in that class. Some functions may access all the data, while other functions may only access one piece of data. If each function revolves around the data inside, then you have created a good class.
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info at youwanttoremovethisvakantiebaas dot nl
6 years ago
if you do this
<?php

$x
= new b();

class
b extends a {}

class
a { }

?>
PHP will tell you "class b not found", because you've defined class b before a. However, the error tells you something different.... Got me a little confused :)
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moty66 at gmail dot com
5 years ago
I hope that this will help to understand how to work with static variables inside a class

<?php

class a {

    public static
$foo = 'I am foo';
    public
$bar = 'I am bar';
   
    public static function
getFoo() { echo self::$foo;    }
    public static function
setFoo() { self::$foo = 'I am a new foo'; }
    public function
getBar() { echo $this->bar;    }           
}

$ob = new a();
a::getFoo();     // output: I am foo   
$ob->getFoo();    // output: I am foo
//a::getBar();     // fatal error: using $this not in object context
$ob->getBar();    // output: I am bar
                // If you keep $bar non static this will work
                // but if bar was static, then var_dump($this->bar) will output null

// unset($ob);
a::setFoo();    // The same effect as if you called $ob->setFoo(); because $foo is static
$ob = new a();     // This will have no effects on $foo
$ob->getFoo();    // output: I am a new foo

?>

Regards
Motaz Abuthiab
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php at kingsquare dot nl
1 year ago
Just to be clear: the correct way of validating a classname, as stated in the docs is:

$valid = preg_match('/^[a-zA-Z_\x7f-\xff][a-zA-Z0-9_\x7f-\xff]*$/', $className);

(thanks to salathe@php.net & aharvey@php.net for clearing me up!)
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Dan Dascalescu
7 years ago
If E_STRICT is enabled, the first example will generate the following error (and a few others akin to it):

Non-static method A::foo() should not be called statically on line 26

The example should have explicitly declared the methods foo() and bar() as static:

class A                                                                                                                            
{                                                                                                                                  
    static function foo()                                                                                                          
    {
...
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chris (@) xeneco (dot) co (dot) uk
5 years ago
Regarding object inheritance:

I hope this helps someone, it should help if you're new to OOPS

<?php

class A {
   
    public
$x = 'A';

    public function
foo() {
       
$b = new B;
       
$b->bar();
        return
$this->x;
    }
}

class
B extends A {
    public function
bar() {
       
$this->x = 'B';
    }
}

$a = new A

echo $a->foo();    //A

?>

I was doing something similar to this (example is greatly simplified to show logic) and spent a long while trying to work out why I would always get 'A' and never get 'B'. Now, after a few weeks, I have revisited the problem and have worked out why:

The code 'new B' creates a new instance of class B. While class B extends class A, it is a new object and not an extension of the object created by 'new A'

The value of $x is set to 'B' within the object $b, but not in object $a.

If within A::foo(), one was to access $b->x then one would obtain the vale 'B', for example

<?php

class C {
   
    public
$x = 'C';

    public function
foo() {
       
$c = new C;
       
$c->bar();
       
$this->x = $c->$x
       
return $this->x;
    }
}

class
D extends C {
    public function
bar() {
       
$this->x = 'D';
    }
}

$c = new C

echo $c->foo();    //D

?>
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alan at alan-ng dot net
7 years ago
The following odd behavior happens in php version 5.1.4 (and presumably some other versions) that does not happen in php version 5.2.1 (and possibly other versions > 5.1.4).

<?php

$_SESSION
['instance']=...;

$instance=new SomeClass;

?>

The second line will not only create the $instance object successfully, it will also modify the value of $_SESSION['instance']!

The workaround I arrived at, after trial and error, was to avoid  using object names which match a $_SESSION array key.

This is not intended to be a bug report, since it was apparently fixed by version 5.2.1, so it's just a workaround suggestion.
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the_french_cow at hotmail dot com
5 years ago
For those of us who are new to inheritance, private functions are not visible in an inherited class. Consider:

<?php
   
class A {
        protected function
func1() {
            echo(
"I'm func1 in A!<br/>");
        }

        private function
func2() {
            echo(
"I'm func2 in A!<br/>");
        }
    }
   
    class
B extends A {
        public function
func3() {
            echo(
"I'm func3 in B!<br/>");
           
$this->func1();
           
$this->func2();  // Call to private function from extended class results in a fatal error
       
}
    }
   
   
$b = new B;
   
$b->func3();  // Ends in a fatal error

// OR

   
$b->func1();  // Call to protected function from outside world results in a fatal error
?>

If you want a function to be accessible in class B but not to the outside world, it must be declared as protected.
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sklemnov at gmail dot com
10 months ago
Small subtlety to anyone just starting out: using $this is for referencing an instance of the current class (there are exceptions to this, but on the basic level it is mostly true; please do not downvote this, it's not meant to be a PhD dissertation).

For instance,

class TestClass{
  private $variable = "Hello";
  function ReturnVar(){
    return $this->variable;
  }
  function SetVar($input){
    $this->variable = $input;
  }
}
$t = new TestClass();
echo $t->ReturnVar();
$t->SetVar("Test");
echo $t->ReturnVar();

This is a useless piece of code that illustrates $this in functions.

echo $t->ReturnVar();

outputs "Hello", and then:

$t->SetVar("Test");

sets the object $t's copy of $variable to "Test". Finally,

echo $t->ReturnVar();

returns the new value of $t's copy of $variable, namely "Test".

using $this in the ReturnVar() function tells PHP that you want to return $t's copy of $variable.

Suppose we took $this out of the above code:

class TestClass{
  private $variable = "Hello";
  function ReturnVar(){
    return $variable;
  }
  function SetVar($input){
    $variable= $input;
  }
}
$t = new TestClass();
echo $t->ReturnVar();
$t->SetVar("Test");
echo $t->ReturnVar();

Would show nothing at all! PHP would not know that you meant to reference object $t's version of $variable.
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ialsoagree
5 years ago
I think it's worth mentioning that if you define a function inside of an object method, that function cannot refer to "$this" - doing so will result in PHP reporting a fatal error:

Fatal error: Using $this when not in object context

<?php
class MyClass {
   public
$message = 'Hello';

   public function
MyClassFunction() {
       function
InnerFunction() {
          echo
$this->message; // Reports a fatal error
      
}
      
innerFunction();
   }
}

$class = new MyClass;
$class->MyClassFunction();
?>

This issue cannot be solved by using the Scope Resolution Operator if you're trying to access a variable:

<?php
class MyClass {
   public
$message = 'Hello';

   public function
MyClassFunction() {
       function
InnerFunction() {
          echo
MyClass::message; // Reports a fatal error
      
}
      
innerFunction();
   }
}

$class = new MyClass;
$class->MyClassFunction();
?>

Additionally, you can NOT create a public function to access that variable:

<?php
class MyClass {
   public
$message = 'Hello';

   public function
MyClassFunction() {
       function
InnerFunction() {
         
MyClass::echoSomething();
       }
      
innerFunction();
   }

   public function
echoSomething() {
      echo
$this->message; // Reports a fatal error
  
}
}

$class = new MyClass;
$class->MyClassFunction();
?>

Note that in this last case, the error is generated on the line below echoSomething function declaration, not at MyClass::echoSomething();

However, it is worth noting that when called directly, echoSomething works fine:

<?php
class MyClass {
   public
$message = 'Hello';

   public function
MyClassFunction() {
       function
InnerFunction() {
         
MyClass::echoSomething();
       }
      
innerFunction();
   }

   public function
echoSomething() {
      echo
$this->message; // Echoes 'Hello'
  
}
}

$class = new MyClass;
$class->echoSomething();
?>
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ben dot corne at gmail dot com
4 years ago
method calling context aware. By this I mean it will get treated differently while being in a new statement compared to being in a regular call.

Example:
<?php
class Foo {
  private
$className = 'Bar';
 
  public function
make() {
    return new
$this->className();
  }
 
  public function
callClassName() {
  
$this->className();
  }

  public function
className() {
    echo
"foo\n";
  }

};

class
Bar {
  public function
hello() {
    echo
"bar\n";
  }
};

$foo = new Foo();
$bar = $foo->make();

echo
"expecting 'bar': ";
$bar->hello();

echo
"expecting 'foo': ";
$foo->callClassName();
?>

even tough $this->className() is written two times in exactly the same way, the one contained in a new statement gets the className field and the other performs the actual method.
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ialsoagree
5 years ago
Unfortunately, Arpit's solution creates a new class and leaves the old class inaccessible. If you need access to members of the class you are in you'll be unable to get such access. This can be a huge problem.

However, there is a solution:

<?php
class MyClass {
   public
$message = 'Hello';

   public function
MyClassFunction() {
       function
innerFunction(&$this_thing, $message = null) {
         
$this_thing->message = (!is_null($message)) ? $message : $this_thing->message;
         
$this_thing->echo_something();
       }
      
innerFunction($this); // echoes 'Hello'
      
innerFunction($this, '<br/>New Message'); // echoes '<br/>New Message'
  
}
  
   public function
echo_something() {
       echo
$this->message;
   }
}

$class = new MyClass;
$class->MyClassFunction();
?>

By passing $this as a variable by reference, you can access members of the class and even update them. If you don't want to be able to update them, you can simply pass $this to the function but not as a reference.
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alex c
5 years ago
ok this really basic but I always forget this. I always get an error like:

Fatal error: Call to a member function on a non-object

when i deal with oops

if it were me finding the error i'd search the internet for hours and then it would occur to me, I'm putting my class operator inside a function, but i would define the class in global file.

so like this:
test.php
<?
include(class.php);
$class = new newclassname;

function
function1(){
 
$class->dofunc();
}
?>

you'll get some die errors and try and do this with function1,

function function1(){
  newclassname::dofunc();
}

but if you're using $this inside your class then you'll get another error on non object

so basically, all you need to do is:

function function1(){
  $class = new newclassname;
  $class->dofunc();
}

or

function function1(){
  global $class;
  $class->dofunc();
}

i know it's simple, but it always gets me!
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