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how to cast a variable in a foreach loop?

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Hi,
i'm trying to loop through a list of float values and compare them.
turns out i can't use regular type casting in a foreach loop.

i looked around but i couldn't find any way i can actually cast there.
maybe there's a trick?
any help is greatly appreciated.


here's my code:


$zDate = 1.19; // debug.
		$zodiacs = array (
				0.00 => "Sagittarius",
				1.20 => "Capricorn",
				2.19 => "Auarius",
				3.21 => "Pisces",
				4.20 => "Aries",
				5.21 => "Taurus",
				6.21 => "Gemini",
				7.23 => "Cancer",
				8.23 => "Leo",
				9.23 => "Virgo",
			   10.24 => "Libra",
			   11.22 => "Scorpio",
			   12.22 => "Sagittarius",
		);
		
		foreach ($zodiacs as $key =>$value)
//		foreach ($zodiacs as (float)$key =>$value) was my first reaction, but that does not work.
		{
			$fkey = (float)$key;   //even this doesn't work
			if($zDate > $fkey)
			{
//$fkey will always be a rounded value here. e.g. 1, 2, or 3, ect...
				$zodiacName = $value;
				continue;
			}
			
		}

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
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please try this:
    $zodiacs = array (
                        "0.00" => "Sagittarius",
                        "1.20" => "Capricorn",
                        "2.19" => "Auarius",
                        "3.21" => "Pisces",
                        "4.20" => "Aries",
                        "5.21" => "Taurus",
                        "6.21" => "Gemini",
                        "7.23" => "Cancer",
                        "8.23" => "Leo",
                        "9.23" => "Virgo",
                     "10.24" => "Libra",
                     "11.22" => "Scorpio",
                     "12.22" => "Sagittarius",
            );

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by:hielo
ID: 22617614
you need "string" keys, not floats - then do the cast:
$zDate = 1.19; // debug.
            $zodiacs = array (
                        "0.00" => "Sagittarius",
                        "1.20" => "Capricorn",
                        "2.19" => "Auarius",
                        "3.21" => "Pisces",
                        "4.20" => "Aries",
                        "5.21" => "Taurus",
                        "6.21" => "Gemini",
                        "7.23" => "Cancer",
                        "8.23" => "Leo",
                        "9.23" => "Virgo",
                     "10.24" => "Libra",
                     "11.22" => "Scorpio",
                     "12.22" => "Sagittarius"
            );

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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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the problem is that any numerical value is considered a array index, and not a array key information, hence implicitly casted as int
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by:nOOgz
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totally. duh .. thank you so much :)
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