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Request #78801 Add "arrayable" pseudo type hint to PHP
Submitted: 2019-11-09 14:48 UTC Modified: 2019-11-11 12:30 UTC
From: norbert at linuxnetworks dot de Assigned:
Status: Suspended Package: *General Issues
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 [2019-11-09 14:48 UTC] norbert at linuxnetworks dot de
Since PHP 7.1 there's the "iterable" pseudo type hint that matches "array" and "Traversable".

It would be great if PHP would support an "arrayable" pseudo type hint that matches "array" and all objects that implements "Traversable", "ArrayAccess" and "Countable".

Thus, we could pass arrays or all objects that behave like arrays to methods and do:

function useArrayable( arrayable $arg ) : arrayable {
    count( $arg );
    $value = $arg['key'];
    foreach( $arg as $key => $entry ) { ... }
    return $arg;

It would be useful to implement an Arrayable interface too:

interface Arrayable extends \Iterator, \Countable, \ArrayAccess
    public function toArray() : array;

Then, we can use array like objects:

class Test implements \Arrayable
    // ...

$arrayable = new Test();
$arrayable['key'] = $value;
$arrayable = useArrayable( $arrayable );

And if necessary, we can convert them to arrays:

if( $arrayable instanceof \Arrayable ) {
    $arrayable = $arrayable->toArray();


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 [2019-11-11 12:30 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Suspended
 [2019-11-11 12:30 UTC]
This feature should be discussed on the internals mailing list[1]
(and might require an RFC).  Please forward your request to there.
For the time being, I'm suspending this ticket.

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