When creating a new object in PHP, I get the following error message:
Fatal error: Call to private MyObject::__construct() from invalid context
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.