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Bug #79970 Null coalescing operator needs to have a higher precedence value
Submitted: 2020-08-13 12:43 UTC Modified: 2020-08-13 13:35 UTC
From: folarin at engineer dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: *Programming Data Structures
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2020-08-13 12:43 UTC] folarin at engineer dot com
Look at the following example

$var1 = true
$var2 = true

if($var1??false && $var2)
echo 'Passed"
echo 'Failed'

The above expresion always prints 'Failed' which isn't the expected behaviour.
Just like the Parenthesis, the null-coalescing operator should ALWAYS be expressed first.

This now causes the unwanted, over-expressive use of parenthesis to remedy the cause ALL THE TIME:

if(($var1??false) && ($var2??false))...

why do I have to do the above when none of 


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 [2020-08-13 12:46 UTC]
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> why do I have to do the above when none of 

if (!empty($var1) && !empty($var2))
 [2020-08-13 12:47 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Not a bug -Assigned To: +Assigned To: cmb
 [2020-08-13 12:47 UTC]
 [2020-08-13 12:48 UTC]
-Assigned To: cmb +Assigned To:
 [2020-08-13 12:48 UTC]
Precedence is a trade-off. Use explicit parentheses in cases where it is not clear to you.

The current choice of precedence is for consistency with the ?: operator, and consistency across languages (e.g. matches C# operator precedence).
 [2020-08-13 13:35 UTC] folarin at engineer dot com
Fair enough
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