[thelist] PHP User Defined Functions

Andrew Embler (ML) lists at electricstate.com
Wed Jan 2 11:35:59 CST 2002

At 07:40 AM 1/2/2002 -0800, Kristy Frey wrote:
>Is there a way to call the function w/o the include?
>I really appreciate the responses that everyone posts.  I wish I could 
>contribute more, but I only
>have about 2 months of self taught experience to share.

This came off the top of my head. I'm not sure how viable it is, but it's 
something to consider:

What if you defined a function like this:

function runFunction($function_name, $arg) {
         include('$some_path/$function_name ' . 'php');
         $func = $function_name;

This way, instead of:
         $blah = bar('x');

You get:
         runFunction(bar, 'x');

Not terribly intuitive, but if you do this more than ten times in a given 
file, it might be worth something.

Now, dealing with a variable amount of arguments with the functions (some 
functions take two arguments, some one, some zero, etc...) could prove 
challenging, but PHP.net has a section devoted to such concerns. I wish I 
had more time to research it:


Anyway, hope that helps. Or at least sets you in some sort of direction.


Andrew Embler
andrew at electricstate.com
Web Development and Design

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