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Old 07-20-2006, 04:14 PM   #1
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Smile PHP Coding Question

I've been writing some code in php and recently used:

a foreach

but I can't understand what the advantage of using:

foreach (array_expression as $key => $value)

I understand that the array position is set to $key variable as it passes through the array. Is this the only advantage? Also what is the => operator called and can it be used elsewhere?

instead of just:

foreach (array_expression as $value)

Can anyone help me out?


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Old 07-20-2006, 05:33 PM   #2
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the advantage of using a foreach with the $key and $value is that you can access the key. This is specially necesaria if your array is actualy a dictionary (or hash, associatve array or name as you like) and so the keys are important and are not secuential numbers.
The => is just part of the structure of the foreach and it just means that the left part is the key variable and the right part is the value variable. There is no more magic than that

Hope this is useful
Old 07-20-2006, 07:16 PM   #3
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Smile Thanks!

That definitely makes sense.

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