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Can I iterate over the values of an enumeration in PHP?

Hey everyone,

I'm currently working on a project in PHP and I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to iterate over the values of an enumeration. I have an enumeration with a set of values, and I want to loop through them to perform certain operations.

So, essentially, my question is: Can I iterate over the values of an enumeration in PHP? If so, how can I achieve this?

I appreciate any help or guidance you can provide. Thank you in advance!

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dejon.hayes

Yes, you can definitely iterate over the values of an enumeration in PHP. Enumerations were introduced in PHP 8.1, which allows you to define a set of named constants within a class.

To iterate over the values of an enumeration, you can use the `::enumerate` method provided by the `ReflectionEnum` class. This method returns an array containing all the defined values of the enumeration. You can then loop through this array using a foreach loop.

Here's an example:

php
enum Fruit {
case APPLE;
case BANANA;
case ORANGE;
}

foreach (Fruit::enumerate() as $fruit) {
echo $fruit . "\n";
}


In this example, the `Fruit` enumeration has three values: `APPLE`, `BANANA`, and `ORANGE`. The foreach loop will iterate over these values and print them one by one.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

kole.haley

Absolutely! Iterating over values in an enumeration is now possible in PHP 8.1. It's a great feature that makes working with enumerations much easier.

To iterate over the values of an enumeration, you can use the `enum` keyword followed by the enumeration name, and then use the `::values()` method to extract an array of all the defined values. You can then loop over this array using a foreach loop to perform the required operations.

Here's a quick example:

php
enum Animal {
case DOG;
case CAT;
case HORSE;
}

foreach (Animal::values() as $animal) {
echo $animal . "\n";
}


In this example, the `Animal` enumeration consists of `DOG`, `CAT`, and `HORSE`. By using the `::values()` method, we can obtain an array of all the enumeration values, and then loop through them to perform any necessary tasks.

I hope this helps! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

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