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Posted on 2008-06-26
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Hi,

If I understand properties (PHP 5+) correctly, your class has one __set() and one __get() method, like:

function __get($propName) {
    if ($propName == 'size') {
       ...
    }
    else if ($propName == 'height') {
        ...
    }
}

function __set($propName, $value) {
    if ($propName == 'size') {
       ...
    }
    else if ($propName == 'height') {
        ...
    }
}


How does that scale once you start getting a lot of properties in your class? It seems similar to doing a linear search in an array.

Thanks
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Question by:DJ_AM_Juicebox
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Your understanding is correct.  Often __get and __set are used so that you don't have to actually hardcode the names of your properties.  For instance, if you are using a simple property bag.  For example:
class MyClass {
 
    private $propertyBag = array();
 
    function __get($propName) {
       return $propertyBag[$propName];
    }
 
    function __set($propName, $value) {
        $propertyBag[$propName] = $value;
    }
}

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The above is obviously a trivial example, but it's great because you can handle new properties without modifying any code, and you can change the implementation or add error checking without changing the API you expose.
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I see, thanks.
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