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Request #9253 Class constructors can't return values
Submitted: 2001-02-14 05:23 UTC Modified: 2001-02-14 09:44 UTC
From: stefan dot p at noos dot fr Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 4.0.4pl1 OS: All
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2001-02-14 05:23 UTC] stefan dot p at noos dot fr
Class constructors can't abort instance creation, for example by returning false...
This leads to a lot of "if (! $newobj->status)" crap.
Why is that ? I found a message on the PHP3 mailing list about this, but it's still not there.

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 [2001-02-14 09:44 UTC] andre@php.net
class constructors are never supposed to return anything,
they are simple the fist method called after an object has 

<hack>
anyway if you *really* want to return false just kill the
object itself from within the constructor  (to be sure take
the last line)
using
unset($this)
or
$this=FALSE
or
$this=NULL
</hack>

bogusifying

 
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