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Bug #15871 variable variables need { } to work with classes
Submitted: 2002-03-05 07:13 UTC Modified: 2002-03-05 08:34 UTC
From: greg at mtechsolutions dot ca Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Variables related
PHP Version: 4.1.2 OS: linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2002-03-05 07:13 UTC] greg at mtechsolutions dot ca
When using a variable variable in a class, $$this->varname does not work, ${$this->varname} must be used. 

Here is a simple script to show this in action. Put the {} in and it will work:

$id = "yes";

class testClass {
	var $varname;
	function testClass($varname) {
		$this->varname = $varname;
	function foo() {
		global $$this->varname;
		echo "$".$this->varname." is ".$$this->varname;

$test = new testClass("id");



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 [2002-03-05 07:22 UTC]
Actually this isn't a bug, but just 'how things work'.

 [2002-03-05 08:34 UTC]
Just to give you a better answer here.  Consider $$a->b
Does this mean the the class name $$a with the property b or  the variable property $a->b?  See the vagueness here?  It could be interpreted as either ${$a->b} or {$$a}->b.  That's why the {}'s are needed to resolve this ambiguity.
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