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Bug #72166 Empty SimpleXML elements
Submitted: 2016-05-05 15:00 UTC Modified: 2016-05-05 22:43 UTC
From: rmoisto at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2016-05-05 15:00 UTC] rmoisto at gmail dot com
Creating a SimpleXMLElement on a soap envelope should not result in an empty object. It makes no sense.

Also, now that I looked it up, empty SimpleXML objects cast to boolean will be false. That's so random and stupid. Why? ALL other objects cast to true.

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 [2016-05-05 22:43 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Not a bug
 [2016-05-05 22:43 UTC]
SimpleXML does a lot of "magic" with some PHP behaviors. Most of it depends on the current working namespace, which is initially ""; methods like children() and attributes() will return a new object with a different namespace.

Dumping the contents of the object will only show you XML nodes within the current namespace.

An object's boolean value depends on whether there are XML nodes in the current namespace.
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