James James - 7 months ago 46
PHP Question

PHP is_callable with Type Definitions

Been searching the PHP documentation and this doesn't seem possible but wanted to check.

Say I have a function like this:

class Utils {
static function doSomething( Array $input ){

Is is possible to use a inbuilt PHP function like
to check if both the function exists and if the variable I have will be accepted by the type definition in the function.


$varA = array( 'a', 'b', 'c' );
$varB = 'some string';

$functionToCall = array( 'Utils', 'doSomething' );

is_callable( $functionToCall, $varA ) => true;
is_callable( $functionToCall, $varB ) => false;

Of course
cannot be used like this. But can it be done without using a Try Catch?

If not would this be the best way around it?

try {
Utils::doSomething( 10 )
} catch (TypeError $e) {
// react here



You can use a ReflectionClass to access the ReflectionMethod

With the ReflectionMethod you can access the ReflectionParameter and check the type or the class of the parameter

    $method = new ReflectionMethod('Utils', 'doSomething');
        $methodOk = false;

    foreach($method->getParameters() as $parameter){
        //Choose the appropriate test
        if($parameter->getType() != $varA || !is_a($varA ,$parameter->getClass()->getName())){
            $methodOk = false;
catch(ReflectionException $ex){
    $methodOk = false;

Reference : reflectionparameter and reflection