On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 6:35 AM, Alexandru Patranescu <dreal...@gmail.com>wrote:

> Is this the only way to access the magic __set from the parent class:
>    parent::__set($columnName, $value);

Other than referencing the parent class by name which is worse, yes.

> I would have liked to work this way:
>    parent::$columnName = $value;

The problem is that attributes are all attached to the object instance
($this). Only those that were defined by a class are associated with it. The
"parent::<method>" construct is used only to locate the method overridden by
the current method.

There is a self, a static and a parent
> Why is it only $this and not a $parent too?

I would guess the reasoning is that $this is a value (an object instance)
whereas the others are not.


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