[thelist] [PHP Newbie] Accessing Object attributes from a _S ESSION variable

Jacques Capesius jacques_capesius at cnt.com
Wed Oct 29 15:27:48 CST 2003

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> Obviously, the second line of code above isn't working. My question
> is, how to I refer to the attribute values of an object I have stored
> in a session variable?
> thanks for any help you can offer.
> -jacques :)

John Corry wrote:
> I didn't think you could practically store an object in a session
> variable. 
> You have to use the serialize() and unserialize() functions.
> Http://www.php.net/serialize
> Http://www.php.net/unserialize
> John

Thanks, John, that did the trick. I also found another method of
accomplishing that same serialization when dealing with objects in sessions:


...at the top of the page, I guess, tells PHP to automatically
serialize/deserialize the data going into / coming out of the named session

Do any of you know if there's any sort of advantage / disadvantage to
accessing the session variables this way, as opposed to...

$_SESSION["person"] = serialize($person); //when writing


$person = unserialize($_SESSION["person"]); //when reading


I'd be interested in hearing your comments on this. Thanks!

-jacques :)

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