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PHP how to assign a session variable to 0 only once

Hi everyone,

I have a question regarding assigning a session variable in PHP. I want to set a variable to 0 only once, and then keep its value unchanged throughout the session.

Let me give you some context. I'm building a web application where users can track their progress. I have a session variable called "totalPoints" that keeps track of the user's accumulated points. Initially, when a user starts using the application, I want to set the "totalPoints" variable to 0. However, I want to make sure that this value remains unchanged for the entire session, even if the user refreshes the page or navigates to different sections of the application.

Could someone please guide me on how to achieve this in PHP? I've tried various approaches, but I'm unsure which one is the most efficient and reliable option.

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

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erich.doyle

Hey,

I faced a similar situation where I needed to assign a session variable to 0 only once in my PHP project. I found a simple and effective way to achieve this using the `$_SESSION` superglobal.

To ensure that the variable is assigned only once, you can check if it is not already set by using the `isset()` function. If it is not set, you can safely assign it the value of 0. Here's the code snippet that worked for me:

php
session_start();
if (!isset($_SESSION['totalPoints'])) {
$_SESSION['totalPoints'] = 0;
}


By using this approach, the session variable `totalPoints` will be initialized to 0 only if it is not already set. Once it is set, it will retain its value throughout the session even when the user navigates to different sections or refreshes the page.

Give it a try and let me know if you need further assistance. Good luck with your project!

uolson

Hello there,

I encountered a similar requirement while working on a PHP project, where I needed to assign a session variable to 0 only once. I found a reliable solution by using a conditional check to ensure that the variable is set appropriately.

Here's the approach I used:

php
session_start();

if (!isset($_SESSION['totalPoints'])) {
$_SESSION['totalPoints'] = 0;
}


By incorporating the `isset()` function, you can determine whether the session variable `totalPoints` has already been set or not. If it hasn't been set, assigning it a value of 0 will ensure it remains consistent throughout the session.

This method served me well, maintaining the desired behavior even when the page was refreshed or the user navigated to different sections of the application.

Feel free to give it a try, and let me know if you have any further questions. Best of luck with your project!

gutkowski.jairo

Hey there!

I had a similar requirement in one of my projects where I needed to assign a session variable to 0 only once. What I did was check if the session variable was already set. If not, I assigned it the value of 0. Here's the code snippet that might help you:

php
session_start();
if(!isset($_SESSION['totalPoints'])) {
$_SESSION['totalPoints'] = 0;
}


By using the `isset()` function, you can check if the session variable `totalPoints` already exists. If it doesn't, you can set it to 0. This way, the variable will remain unchanged throughout the session.

Give it a try and see if it works for you. Let me know if you have any further questions!

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