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Matthieu Cneude:
PHP type hinting: what you shouldn't do
Jan 04, 2018 @ 12:12:06

Matthieu Cneude has written up a post for his site that shares some of his thoughts around what you shouldn't do with type hints in your code.

When PHP 7 came up with strong types, I saw the light. I had the hope not to see anymore bugs and inconsistencies due to weak typing in PHP. I remember reading some code and having no idea what could be the type of the variables I had in front of me.

[...] Strict types are big help as well as return type hint. You know what is the data you're manipulating. You don't have to guess anymore. However, PHP 7 wasn't the end of my typing struggle. You can still add a lot of ambiguity even if apparently PHP 7 tried to fix the problem. You still need to follow a couple of rules to keep your code consistently typed.

He then goes through some examples of weird results with some return type hints and unexpected results. He then moves on to strict type mode and how it can help resolve some of the oddities he discovered with just return type hints. The article spends the remainder of the time talking about the nullable type hint and some of the other "fun" surprises that can come from its use too.

tagged: typehint opinion oddity returntypehint strict type tutorial

Link: http://web-techno.net/typing-with-php-7-what-you-shouldnt-do/