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How do I start and end a PHP code block?

Hey everyone,

I'm relatively new to PHP and I have a question about code blocks. I've been trying to figure out how to properly start and end a PHP code block, but I'm a bit confused. Can someone please explain to me the correct syntax for starting and ending a PHP code block?

Thanks in advance!

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dameon.gleichner

Hey there,

Starting and ending a PHP code block is actually quite straightforward. To begin a code block, you use the opening tag `<?php`. This tells the PHP processor that the following lines of code are written in PHP.

Here's an example of how you can start a code block:

php
<?php
// Your PHP code goes here
?>


It's important to note that the opening tag `<?php` must be followed by a space, and the closing tag `?>` should not have any space or characters after it. However, if you have a file containing only PHP code, it's a good practice to omit the closing tag altogether. This can prevent any unwanted whitespace or line breaks that might accidentally get outputted.

So, to end a code block, you simply use the closing tag `?>` like this:

php
<?php
// Your PHP code goes here

// End of code block
?>


I hope this helps clarify the syntax for starting and ending a PHP code block. If you have any further questions or need more examples, feel free to ask!

raynor.devon

Hey there,

I completely understand your confusion about starting and ending PHP code blocks. As a PHP developer with several years of experience, I can certainly help you out.

In PHP, starting and ending a code block is really simple. You just need to use the opening and closing tags `<?php` and `?>` respectively. The opening tag `<?php` tells the PHP interpreter that the code following it is PHP code, while the closing tag `?>` indicates the end of the PHP code block.

Here's an example to illustrate this:

php
<?php
// Your PHP code goes here
// This is the start of the code block

// More code...

// End of code block
?>


Please note that it's important to ensure there is no whitespace or other characters following the closing tag `?>`. This can help avoid any unwanted output and potential issues in your PHP program.

If you have a file containing only PHP code, it's actually recommended to omit the closing tag altogether. This eliminates the chance of accidentally outputting any whitespace or line breaks, which can cause problems in certain scenarios.

I hope this explanation clears up any doubts you had about starting and ending PHP code blocks. If you have any additional questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask. We're here to help!

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