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PHP Shorthand Syntax

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PHP Shorthand Syntax

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Handy shorthand syntax for php. From: http://www.tech-recipes.com/php_programming_tips288.html


A compact (if cryptic) shorthand is useful: 


echo "var is ".($var < 0 ? "negative" : "positive"); 


is equivalent to: 


echo "var is "; 
if ($var < 0) 
    echo "negative"; 
else 
    echo "positive"; 


The shorthand can be considered (expression ? true_value : false_value) where 'expression' is evaluated and, if true, the 'true_value' is returned, otherwise the 'false_value' is returned.



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