Brian Brian - 4 months ago 22
PHP Question

Fatal error: Call to private MyObject::__construct() from invalid context

When creating a new object in PHP, I get the following error message:

Fatal error: Call to private MyObject::__construct() from invalid context


I just create the new object and do not try to call the constructor explicitly. Does anyone know what's going on?

Answer

Your MyObject class has a protected or private constructor, which means that the class cannot be instantiated. __construct() functions are always called when an object is instantiated, so trying to do something like $x = new MyObject() will cause a fatal error with a private construction function. (If you do not specifically declare a __construct() function, the parent constructor will be called).

Private constructors are often used in Singleton classes to prevent direct instantiation of an object. If it's not a class that you built, it might have a getInstance() function available (or something similar) to return an instance of itself.

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