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Classes and objects are powerful OOP concepts - and PHP4 supportsthem too. This article explains some basic OO entities (including classes,constructors and extensibility) with examples of a table builder and aguestbook.

  1. Back To Class
  2. Who Needs Class, Anyway?
  3. If Wishes Were Prancing Horses...
  4. New Cars For Old
  5. Ford's Law
  6. Turning The Tables
  7. Under Construction
  8. Extending Yourself
  9. Be My Guest
By: icarus, (c) Melonfire
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October 05, 2000

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It's also possible to automatically execute a function when the class is called to create a new object. This is referred to in geek lingo as a "constructor" and, in order to use it, your class definition must contain a function with the same name as the class.

For example, if you'd like your car to start automatically when you create it, add the function Automobile() to your definition, as show below.

<? class Automobile { // constructor function Automobile { $this->start(); } function start() ( // code goes here ) } ?>
Or, in the table example you just saw, you could define a default grid and colours for your table when the object is created.

<? class Table { // constructor function Table() { $this->rows = 4; $this->columns = 5; $this->bcolor = "black"; $this->fcolor = "white"; $this->font = "Times New Roman"; } // other functions ?>
And now, when you create a new Table object like this, without defining any parameters,

<? // first table $alpha = new Table; $alpha->drawTable(); ?>
you'll get a default 4x4 black and white grid. Try it and see for yourself!

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