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Select A Character in a String with PHP

scottrobertson profile image Scott Robertson Originally published at blog.scottrobertson.me on ・1 min read

I love finding little thing in PHP that I did not know before. They are generally not important or advanced but it's still very interesting. Here are a few I found recently:

Select a character with a string without using substr etc:

$string = '1234';
echo $string[1]; // 2

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Another one i found was "__halt_compiler", it's one of the ones i have no real use for but interesting nonetheless. It basically stops the PHP compiler so you can just output HTML from then on without any more server resources being used.

__halt_compiler();

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I shall no doubt find a lot more of these, and i will have no use for any of them more than likely.

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