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PHP Abstract Class and Self

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Last Modified: 2013-12-13
How do you go about creating a method which returns self(), but the self returned is the self in the extending class and not the extended class.

The following will give an error:

Fatal error:  Cannot instantiate abstract class xyz

I know I could add the method to abc, but wanted to know if there's a better way.
abstract class xyz {

function method() {
return new self();
}
}

class abc extends xyz {

}

$abc = new abc();
$abc2 = $abc->method();

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