On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 14:15, Eddie Drapkin<oorza...@gmail.com> wrote:
> which would be cast to a string (as an undefined constant) and then

    That's exactly the point I was waiting for someone to make.  I
wanted someone to question why it was a Bad Idea[TM] to leave the key
unquoted and typecast.  I even tried to make a big enough deal about
it so as to draw attention, but not make the answer plainly-obvious.
And there ya' go.  (Sorry, I feel like I'm in Teacher Mode today.... I
don't mean to come off as condescending, if I am.)

    Q: Why should I use quotes in my array keys?
    A: Because, while it can be typecast to the literal string, it
will be translated to the value of a previously-defined constant if
one exists by the same name.

    .... but wait, there's more!  This is where it gets fun and confusing.

    When inside of a HEREDOC, all non-braced array variables' array
keys are forced literals, as opposed to translatables when the array
variable is braced.  The following example (hopefully) will help to
explain what I mean:


$bar[apple] = 'Apple';
$bar[orange] = 'Orange';


echo $bar['apple']."\n"; // Apple - Quoting causes the literal string
to grab the typecast string
echo $bar[apple]."\n"; // Orange - The unquoted string is prioritized
as the defined constant

$foo = <<<EOT
$bar[apple] $bar[orange]

$oof =<<<EOT
{$bar[apple]} {$bar[orange]}

echo $foo."\n"; // Apple Orange - $bar[apple] is translated as a
whole, apple is not
echo $oof."\n"; // Orange Orange - apple is translated first into
orange, making both $bar[orange]

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