Explain how to use  (isset) and   (!) and a example

Posted on 2004-08-11
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Last Modified: 2013-12-12
I want a real good explantion of isset and ! can anyone give a written explantion on them and when and how to use them and a small commented example.
Question by:smphil
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stefanaichholzer earned 2000 total points
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Take a look at this:

(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5 )

isset -- Determine whether a variable is set
bool isset ( mixed var [, mixed var [, ...]])

Returns TRUE if var exists; FALSE otherwise.

If a variable has been unset with unset(), it will no longer be set. isset() will return FALSE if testing a variable that has been set to NULL. Also note that a NULL byte ("\0") is not equivalent to the PHP NULL constant.

Warning: isset() only works with variables as passing anything else will result in a parse error. For checking if constants are set use the defined() function.


$var = '';

// This will evaluate to TRUE so the text will be printed.
if (isset($var)) {
   echo "This var is set set so I will print.";

// In the next examples we'll use var_dump to output
// the return value of isset().

$a = "test";
$b = "anothertest";

var_dump(isset($a));      // TRUE
var_dump(isset($a, $b)); // TRUE

unset ($a);

var_dump(isset($a));    // FALSE
var_dump(isset($a, $b)); // FALSE

$foo = NULL;
var_dump(isset($foo));  // FALSE


This also work for elements in arrays:


$a = array ('test' => 1, 'hello' => NULL);

var_dump(isset($a['test']));            // TRUE
var_dump(isset($a['foo']));            // FALSE
var_dump(isset($a['hello']));          // FALSE

// The key 'hello' equals NULL so is considered unset
// If you want to check for NULL key values then try:
var_dump(array_key_exists('hello', $a)); // TRUE


Note: Because this is a language construct and not a function, it cannot be called using variable functions

Hope that works for you...



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For more info you may wanna check out the PHP Manual at www.php.net


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! is just the negation of something you could get as a boolean result, for example isset() return a boolean type, if you use !isset() you are just asking for the false option of that boolean variable...


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