I'm relatively new to PHP and I have a question about type casting. I've heard about implicit and explicit type casting, but I'm not entirely sure about the difference between the two. Can someone help me understand this concept?
I've been experimenting with PHP recently and I've come across situations where I needed to convert one data type to another. From what I gather, implicit type casting seems to happen automatically by PHP, without explicitly changing the type in the code. On the other hand, explicit type casting appears to be more intentional, where I explicitly convert one type to another using a specific function or operator.
So, my main question is: what exactly distinguishes implicit type casting from explicit type casting in PHP? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to using one over the other? I'd really appreciate any insights or examples that could help clarify this concept for me.
Thanks in advance!