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What's That Noise? - PHP

After teaching you the fundamentals of form processing, PHP 101 returns with an explanation of WHILE, FOR and FOREACH loops, those PHP constructs that can save you hours of unnecessary HTML coding. Also included: array variables, the auto-increment operator, and some yummy desserts.

  1. PHP 101 (part 3) - Chocolate Fudge And Time Machines
  2. Back To The Future
  3. Revisiting The Past
  4. Doing It By The Numbers
  5. Anyone For Apple Pie?
  6. The Generation Gap
  7. What's That Noise?
  8. Checking The Boxes
  9. Miscellaneous Notes
By: Vikram Vaswani and Harish Kamath, (c) Melonfire
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August 15, 2000

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Of course, there is a simpler way of extracting all the elements of an array - PHP4 has a "foreach" loop designed specifically for this purpose and similar in syntax to the Perl construct of the same name. Here's what it looks like:

foreach ($array as $temp) { do this! }
or, in English, "take each element of the array variable $array, place it in the variable $temp, and execute the set of statements within the curly braces on $temp"

Let's demonstrate this by re-writing the example above in terms of the "foreach" loop:

<html> <head> <basefont face="Arial"> </head> <body> <? // define some array variables $then = array("The Beatles", "Roy Orbison", "Frank Sinatra"); $now = array("Britney Spears", "N-Sync", "Jennifer Lopez", "Blink 182"); ?> While Mom and Dad listen to <? // use loop to extract and display array elements foreach ($then as $artist) { echo $artist . ", "; } ?> in the living room, I'm grooving to <? foreach ($now as $artist) { echo $artist . ", "; } ?> in the basement! </body> </html>

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