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Php variable declaration with an interrogation point before the type

Hey everyone,

I'm new to PHP and I came across some code where a variable is declared with an interrogation point before the type. I'm a bit confused about what this means exactly and how it differs from regular variable declaration.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

```
$var :? int;
```

I couldn't find any documentation or resources that explain this specific syntax. Can someone please shed some light on this and help me understand its purpose?

Thanks in advance!

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titus.wisoky

Hey,

I actually encountered this syntax recently, and I can provide some insight based on my experience. The interrogation point before the type is actually introduced in PHP 7.1 and is known as nullable types.

In PHP, a variable can have a null value if its type allows it. However, prior to PHP 7.1, the type of a variable could not be explicitly defined as nullable. With the introduction of nullable types, you can now explicitly specify that a variable can have a null value.

So, in your example, `$var :? int;` means that `$var` can either be an integer or have a null value. This is particularly useful in cases where you want to indicate that a variable may not always have a value assigned to it.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

laisha.hill

Hey there,

I've actually used this syntax before in my PHP projects, so I can share my experience with you. The interrogation point before the type in PHP is a way of indicating that a variable can have a null value.

Before PHP 7.1, we couldn't explicitly specify that a variable can be null. But with the introduction of nullable types, this syntax allows us to declare variables that can either hold the specified type or have a null value.

For example, consider the code snippet: `$var :? string;` This means that the variable `$var` can either be a string or null. It gives us the flexibility to handle cases where a variable might not have a value assigned or if we intentionally want to represent an absence of a value.

I find this syntax particularly useful when working with external data sources or APIs where certain fields may not always be present. It helps me handle those scenarios and ensures my code doesn't break if the data is incomplete.

I hope that clarifies things for you. Let me know if you have any further questions!

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