selfcontained[web development]

?: PHP Coalesce

Tuesday November 30, 2010
By Brad Harris

I've often been a fan of Javascript's way of using the logical OR operator as a coalescing operator, or way to default values. It's a very handy operator for shortening ternary expressions.

var myValue = someOtherValue || true;

I just found out in PHP 5.3 they added an operator to do just that. ?:

$myValue = $someOtherValue ?: true;

That's all, carry on.

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