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Request #35957 Array literal syntax support
Submitted: 2006-01-10 08:28 UTC Modified: 2011-11-27 12:31 UTC
Avg. Score:4.9 ± 0.4
Reproduced:21 of 21 (100.0%)
Same Version:10 (47.6%)
Same OS:12 (57.1%)
From: matt at matttoddphoto dot com Assigned: felipe (profile)
Status: Closed Package: *General Issues
PHP Version: 6CVS-2006-01-10 (snap) OS: Any
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2006-01-10 08:28 UTC] matt at matttoddphoto dot com
It would be lovely to be able to literally define arrays with 
simple syntax like the following:

["one", "two", "three"]

instead of the less intuitive:

array("one", "two", "three");

This would simplify creating arrays of arrays (of arrays) 
inline for functions. Also, this would help solve the 'named 
parameters' request by allowing for an associative array to be 
given simply by throwing []s in.

Reproduce code:
Here is an example just for the sake of clarity:

$validate = [$_POST['post'], ['title'=>'/[A-Za-z0-9_\?\!\.\#\&\%]+/', "text"=>'/\w*/', 'user_id'=>'/\d+/']];

This would be in opposition to:

$validate = array($_POST['post'], array('title'=>'/[A-Za-z0-9_\?\!\.\#\&\%]+/', "text"=>'/.*/', 'user_id'=>'/\d+/'));

You can see how more complex examples can get just that much more complex (the the nth degree).


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 [2006-01-10 08:36 UTC]
This was discussed, and rejected, many times before.
 [2011-11-27 01:08 UTC] rasmus at mindplay dot dk
This feature was implemented in PHP 5.4:
 [2011-11-27 12:31 UTC]
-Status: Wont fix +Status: Closed -Package: Feature/Change Request +Package: *General Issues -Assigned To: +Assigned To: felipe
 [2013-03-04 20:39 UTC] don at dongilbert dot net
I love that 6 years after this was originally posted, it gets accepted. It goes to 
show what PHP devs used to have to deal with.

The rate of improvement in PHP has greatly accelerated over the last few years, 
for which I am thankful.
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