PHP ToString() equivalent

Mar 12, 2012   //   by phpfreelancer.biz   //   Blog, PHP Tutorial  //  No Comments

This is done with typecasting:

$strvar = (string) $var; // Casts to string
echo $var; // Will cast to string implicitly
var_dump($var); // Will show the true type of the variable

In a class you can define what is output by using the magical method __toString. An example is below:

class Bottles {
    public function __toString()
    {
        return 'Ninety nine green bottles';
    }
}

$ex = new Bottles;
var_dump($ex, (string) $ex);
// Returns: instance of Bottles and "Ninety nine green bottles"

Some more type casting examples:

$i = 1;

// int 1
var_dump((int) $i);

// bool true
var_dump((bool) $i);

// string "1"
var_dump((string) 1);

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