Software Development

PHP for ASP.NET developers (part 3)

Now that the basics have been covered in the previous two posts, I’ll continue with some thing a bit more useful… writing some logic.

Conditional Statements

In PHP the conditional operators are pretty much the same as in C#, however there are some subtle differences.

== and != use type coercion. That means that if the type on the left side is not the same as the type on the right side then PHP will coerce them so that they can be compared. For example:

$a = 1;
$b = 1.0;

if ($a == $b)
    echo 'a and b are equal.';
    echo 'a and b are not equal.';

It even works if one of them is a string representation of the number one.

To get the functionality you’d expect in C# you need to use === and !==.

There is also an additional not equals operator similar to == that consists of a left and right cheveron: <>

Be careful of accidentally using a single equal sign for comparison. In C# the compiler will issue an error if it doesn’t evaluate to a Boolean. However, in PHP everything can be evaluated as a Boolean (see the section on Booleans in my previous post).

You can join comparisons together with && or || just like in C#, however, PHP also supports the use of and or or.

if statements also support an elseif clause in PHP.

if ($a < 123)
    // Do stuff
elseif ($a == 123)
    // Do other stuff
    // Do different stuff

Unlike C#, switch statements allow one case clause to drop in to the next, so it does not require a break at the end of each case block. The break on the last case or default is not necessary either.

    case 1:
        // Do some stuff
    case 2:
        // Do stuff
    case 3:
        // Do stuff (and continue case 2 if necessary)
        // Do stuff for all other cases


PHP, like C#, has a number of loop statements depending on what you want to do.

for loops, while, and dowhile work exactly the same way. So I won’t discuss them further.

Just like C#, you can break out of a loop, and continue to the next iteration of the loop.

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