I use a combination of procedural and OOP in my scripts.  It depends on 
my needs.  As an example, I use OOP for gathering order information.  I created 
a class which gathers all the order information allowing me to easily access 
any piece of data in the order.  I could do this with a bunch of individual 
functions but it's easier and more logical to group them all together in a 
single class.  When I first started working with classes, I used them 
sparingly.  Now I find myself using them more and more.

Take care,

On Jan 19, 2010, at 10:11 AM, Ben Stones wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been learning about object oriented programming for the past few weeks
> and I've understood it pretty well, but I have one question. Usually with
> PHP scripts I make, all the functionality for a specific page is in the
> actual PHP file, and I'd use PHP functions in a separate directory which
> would be included in whichever PHP file needs specific functions I have
> created. The functions would be for the specific things in my script, such
> as validation checks, functionality that will be used/repeated a lot
> throughout my script, etc. What I don't understand about OOP is what its
> primary purpose is for. Do I use OOP for all the functionality of my
> application, in separate directories, and include these specific class files
> and call the methods to complete specific functionality needed for whatever
> PHP file I'm working on, or is OOP used for specific functionality like I
> would with functions? Essentially what I'm asking is what is the primary
> purpose for OOP? Hope you understand.
> Thanks,

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