AriehGlazer AriehGlazer - 5 months ago 13
PHP Question

Self Executing functions in PHP5.3?

I was trying to borrow some programing paradigms from JS to PHP (just for fun).
Is there a way of doing:

$a = (function(){
return 'a';
})();


I was thinking that with the combination of
use
this can be a nice way to hide variables JS style

$a = (function(){
$hidden = 'a';
return function($new) use (&$hidden){
$hidden = $new;
return $hidden;
};
})();


right now I need to do:

$temp = function(){....};
$a = $temp();


It seems pointless...

Answer

Function Call Chaining, e.g. foo()() is in discussion for PHP5.4. Until then, use call_user_func:

$a = call_user_func(function(){
    $hidden = 'a';
    return function($new) use (&$hidden){
        $hidden = $new;
        return $hidden;
    };
});

$a('foo');    
var_dump($a);

gives:

object(Closure)#2 (2) {
  ["static"]=>
  array(1) {
    ["hidden"]=>
    string(3) "foo"
  }
  ["parameter"]=>
  array(1) {
    ["$new"]=>
    string(10) "<required>"
  }
}

As of PHP7, you can immediately execute anonymous functions like this:

(function() { echo 123; })(); // will print 123