PHP: Return An include And Assign It To A Variable

The include statement is a simple way to include PHP code from another file.

The usage is quite simple. Just write something like this:

<?php
include 'a_file.php';

If the file is successfully included it will return a TRUE or 1. If it failes to include the file it will return a FALSE. But sometimes you may need to get the content of an included file in order to store it in an variable. Unfortunately the include statement just returns TRUE or FALSE, as mentioned above.

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PHP: How To Format Numbers

In PHP there is an easy way to format numbers with decimal separators and thousands separators an so on. A number like 123456.789 can be easily formated to something like 123,456.79 or 123.456,79. In this article I’ll show you how.

First of all, why do we need to format numbers? Well it’s obvious, that you can read a number like 123,45 very easily. But how about 9348394309.238? 😉 In this case, it will be very useful to add some thousands separators. Because then it will look like this: 9,348,394,309.238. And maybe we want to limit the decimals to two. So it will look like this: 9,348,394,309.24 (please note the rounded decimal). So this makes it way more readable.

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PHP: Convert An Array To JSON

Sometimes, when programming in PHP, you’ll need to convert an array to JSON. This enables you e.g. to retrieve data serverside through PHP and pass it to the client, which then can process this data with javascript. There are different ways to do that, e.g. via AJAX.
In this article I’ll show you, how easy it is to convert a PHP array into a JSON String.

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PHP: Quickly Generate An Array From Variables With The compact() Function

Do you want to build an array in PHP, which should contain existing variables? Well, there is an easy way to do this. PHP has a very cool function for this to do. You can use the variable’s name as the key and the variables value as the value.

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PHP: How Can I Find Out, Whether A Number Is Odd Or Even With The Modulo Operator?

There is a simple way in PHP to find out, wheather a number is odd or even. All you need is the modulo operator.

What is the modulo operator?

The modulo operator in PHP is represented by an %. With this operator you can determine the rest of an interger division.
Here’s an example:

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PHP: Detect Time Of Last Modification Of A File

Do you need to find out in PHP, when a file was modified? Then you should take a look at the PHP-function filemtime. This function expects a filename as parameter and returns the modification-time of this file.
Here is an example:

< ?php
echo filemtime('anyfile.html');
?>

This PHP-script will output the timestamp of the last modification of the file anyfile.html.
You can also format this by using the date-function:

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PHP: Output An Associative Array

In this article I’ll show you, how to output each element of an an assciative array in PHP. First of all, we need an associative array. In this example I’ll use an array with colors as the key and the corresponding HEX-code of this color as the value.

Let’s start! Here is the associative PHP array:

// Our associative array
$arrMembers = array(
	'Red'=>'ff0000',
	'Green'=>'00ff00',
	'Blue'=>'0000ff',
	'Yellow'=>'ffff00'
);

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