I'm fairly new to PHP and I've been reading about the concept of static keyword in PHP functions. I'm still a bit confused about its purpose and how it works exactly. I understand that static variables retain their values even after the function call ends, but I'm not quite sure in what scenarios I would use it or what benefits it offers.
If anyone could shed some light on this topic, I would greatly appreciate it. It would be helpful if you could provide some examples or real-world use cases where the static keyword in PHP functions comes in handy.
Thanks in advance!