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Conclusion – PHP OOP Tutorial


This is the final tutorial. You now have a basic grasp on what object oriented programming is and how you can apply it to PHP. There’s more to it such as design. If you would like more information, then go here . One question, that I’ve been avoiding during this whole series is why use object oriented programming? Why use …

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Polymorphism – PHP OOP Tutorial


Polymorphism is a pretty big word, but it’s actually a simple concept to understand. Here’s how it’s officially defined. Polymorphism is a programming language feature that allows values of different  data types to be handled using a uniform interface. That may seem a little bit confusing to most of you new programmers. Luckily, polymorphism is a light switch concept meaning once you understand …

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Type Hinting – PHP OOP Tutorial

Type Hinting

In some cases, you’ll find yourself needing more information passed into your methods. What if you wanted to pass in objects into your methods? This is actually possible with type hinting. Let’s learn how to do this and why it would be useful. Before we begin, we’re going to create a new class called Apple. Create a file called apple.class.php …

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Chain Methods – PHP OOP Tutorial

Chain Methods

It’s time to make our Pet class a little more interactive. We can make our pets walk and rest. Our pet can do a chain of events. Using chain methods makes running multiple methods at once cleaner and more efficient. Let’s learn how to use chain methods. In our Pet class, add this bit of code. [crayon-5994f5c5bde2f794110416/] We’re using a …

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Magic Methods – PHP OOP Tutorial

Magic Methods

PHP provides some magic methods that run when an event occurs. You’ve already seen an example of a magic method with the __construct() method. This method runs when a user creates an instance of the Pet class.  Let’s take a look at some of the other magic methods we can use in our classes. Using Magic Methods In your pet.class.php …

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Interfaces – PHP OOP Tutorial


In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create interfaces and why you should use them. They are very similar to abstract classes. At the end of this tutorial, we’ll discuss the differences and the benefits of each one. We’ll be creating something similar to our recipe and cookie class in our abstraction tutorial. Creating Interfaces Create a file called index.php …

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Abstract Classes – PHP OOP Tutorial

Abstract Classes

Today, we’ll be discussing what abstract classes are and how we could use them. There will be times where you’ll create a class that you don’t want anyone to use directly, but instead extend it. Let’s take a closer look at this Creating Abstract Classes We’re going to deviate from our Pet class for a bit. Mostly because we don’t …

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Static Methods and Properties – PHP OOP Tutorial

Static Methods and Properties

Let’s learn how to create static methods and properties. Anything that’s static is basically something that can be accessed without needing an instantiation of the class. You also have the advantage of having a value that is consistent through each instance of the class. Let’s take a look at this. Creating Static Properties Inside our Pet Class, add this bit of …

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Constants – PHP OOP Tutorial


Constants are variables that don’t change value during the lifetime of a program. Defining constants in classes are a bit different than defining constants outside of a class. Defining Constants In our CanadianPet class, add this bit of code. [crayon-5994f5c5c1d17241683314/] To define a constant, we use the const keyword. We then follow it by the name of the constant and …

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Scope Resolution Operator – PHP OOP Tutorial

Scope Resolution Operator

The scope resolution operator may sound intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple to use. What it basically does is it allows you to access static, constant, or overridden methods and properties of a class. We haven’t discussed static and constant properties and methods yet. We will soon in a another tutorial, but for now, we can use it to access …

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