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Request #68246 Interface Properties
Submitted: 2014-10-16 21:52 UTC Modified: 2017-09-13 09:42 UTC
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From: brandon at pixelandtonic dot com Assigned:
Status: Suspended Package: Class/Object related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: N/A
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 [2014-10-16 21:52 UTC] brandon at pixelandtonic dot com
Object interfaces should be able to specify public properties that must be defined by classes implementing the interface.

The use case for this is exactly the same as the use case for interfaces specifying public methods that must be on the class: If some PHP code needs to set a property on an object, it should be able to confidently do that, knowing that the property actually exists, simply by knowing that the class implements a particular interface.

There is precedence for this feature in other languages, e.g.


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 [2014-10-16 23:45 UTC] php at requinix dot net
If you're going to compare PHP to C# then

PHP has fields, not properties, and I don't know of any language that allows fields on interfaces. Interfaces specify behavior which is what methods are for, not state which is what fields are for.
 [2014-10-17 00:01 UTC] brandon at pixelandtonic dot com
> PHP has fields, not properties

 [2014-10-17 00:15 UTC] php at requinix dot net
You cited C# having properties in interfaces as an example of why PHP should have properties in interfaces, but you can't compare the two like that because PHP's "properties" are C#'s "fields" (actual member variables) and C#'s "properties" don't have an equivalent in PHP (what looks like member variables but are in fact methods hidden by syntactic sugar).

If you want a correct comparison then you need to say that C#'s interfaces support fields therefore PHP's interfaces should support properties. Except that's not true. So that argument doesn't hold water.
 [2017-09-13 09:42 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Suspended
 [2017-09-13 09:42 UTC]
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