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Request #65553 Other typecasting magic methods
Submitted: 2013-08-25 19:51 UTC Modified: -
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 1.4
Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
Same Version:1 (50.0%)
Same OS:1 (50.0%)
From: wyattstorch42 at outlook dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: N/A
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2013-08-25 19:51 UTC] wyattstorch42 at outlook dot com
I am requesting other magic methods for automatic type conversion of objects, 
besides __toString(), in particular, __toArray(). The default method of converting 
an object to an array is, in my opinion, rather odd, since it provides the values 
of inaccessible properties and uses weird conventions, like an asterisk for 
protected properties and prefixing the class name for private properties.

Test script:
class Example {
   protected $a, $b, $c;

   public function __construct ($a) {
      $this->a = $a;
      $this->b = 'B';
      $this->c = 'C';

   public function __toArray () {
      // Only return a and b, and don't distinguish scope
      return array (
         'a' => $this->a,
         'b' => $this->b

for ($examples = array (), $i = 0; $i < 3; $examples[] = (array) new Example(++$i));
echo json_encode($examples, JSON_PRETTY_PRINT);

Expected result:
      "a": 1,
      "b": "B"
      "a": 2,
      "b": "B"
      "a": 3,
      "b": "B"


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