I'm relatively new to PHP and I have a question regarding variable declaration. In some programming languages, we can explicitly declare the type of a local variable, like int, float, or string. However, I'm not sure if this is possible in PHP.
I've been coding in PHP for a while now, and I mostly rely on the dynamic typing feature where variables are assigned and inferred based on their values. But recently, I've been working on a project where I think explicitly declaring the type of variables could be helpful for code clarity and avoiding potential bugs.
So, my question is, can we explicitly declare the type of a local variable in PHP? If so, how can we do it? And if not, are there any recommended best practices or alternative approaches to achieve similar results?
I would really appreciate any insights or suggestions you might have. Thanks in advance!