I'd like to make a suggestion for a change, or possibly an addition, to the PHP 

I'm learning PHP and have been very excited with what it can do in relation to 
HTML.  But when I got to the part about arrays, I was disappointed to see that 
they are designated with a $ the same as other variables.  I was learning Perl 
before I switched, and it uses the @ sign to designate an array.  That makes it 
a lot simpler to see at a glance what is an array and what isn't - at least for 
beginners like me.

Has there been any talk of adopting the @ sign for arrays in PHP?  Or is that 
symbol used for something else that I haven't read about yet?

What is the proper channel for making suggestions like this?


Hi Marc,
I'm a PHP n00b as well and had similar thoughts regarding this..

just imagine two variables called the same thing.. a string and array.. and accidentally resetting one..

$oops = "something";

however, from my experience, there is often this kind of problem in
any language, and that is where naming conventions come in very handy.

I don't know if the PHP community has any standard convention.. but I
would suggest something like:

$a_foo  (for arrays)
$f_foo  (imploding into form variables)
$s_foo  (string variables)
$db_foo  (variables coming from databases perhaps)

This way, you'd never be confused of the origin of the variable.


D Brooke

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