The Bndr The Bndr - 2 months ago 6
PHP Question

PHP function with variable as default value for a parameter

By default a PHP function uses

variables. Sometimes this function should be called in an situation where
is not set. In this case I will define the needed variables as parameter like:

To get an abstract code I tried something like this:

function actionOne($id=$_GET["ID"])

which results in an error:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_VARIABLE

Is it impossible to define an default parameter by using an variable?


is called "directly" from an URL using the framework Yii. By handling the
variables outside this function, I had to do this on an central component (even it is a simple, insignificant function) or I have to change the framework, what I don't like to do.

An other way to do this could be an dummy function (something like an pre-function), which is called by the URL. This "dummy" function handles the variable-issue and calls the


No, this isn't possible, as stated on the Function arguments manual page:

The default value must be a constant expression, not (for example) a variable, a class member or a function call.

Instead you could either simply pass in null as the default and update this within your function...

function actionOne($id=null) {
    $id = isset($id) ? $id : $_GET['ID'];

...or (better still), simply provide $_GET['ID'] as the argument value when you don't have a specific ID to pass in. (i.e.: Handle this outside the function.)