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why is $documentIndocument null?

output:
Document Object
(
    [inDomainObject] => 3
)
User Object
(
    [inUser] => 2
    [inDomainObject] => 1
)
User Object
(
    [inUser] => 2
    [inDomainObject] => 1
)



<?php
abstract class DomainObject {
    public $inDomainObject=1;
    public static function create() {
        return new static();        
    }
}

class User extends DomainObject {
   public $inUser=2;
   public static function inuserstatic(){
     return new static();
   }
}

class Document extends DomainObject {
  public $inDomainObject=3;
  public static function indocument(){
    self::create();
  }
}

echo '<pre>';
$documentCreate=Document::create();
print_r($documentCreate);
$userInuserstatic=User::inuserstatic();
print_r($userInuserstatic);
$userCreate=User::create();
print_r($userCreate);
$documentIndocument=Document::indocument();
print_r($documentIndocument);
echo '</pre>';
?>

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Question by:rgb192
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by:käµfm³d 👽
ID: 40018961
Maybe I'm missing something...what is null? Your object appears to have been dumped out via print_r without issue.
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by:rgb192
ID: 40018981
$documentIndocument=Document::indocument();
print_r($documentIndocument);

is null

notice there are 4 variables and only 3 dumps
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by:rgb192
ID: 40018997
<?php
abstract class DomainObject {
    public $inDomainObject=1;
    public static function create() {
        return new static();        
    }
}

class User extends DomainObject {
   public $inUser=2;
   public static function inuserstatic(){
     return new static();
   }
}

class Document extends DomainObject {
  public $inDocumentObject=3;
  public static function indocument(){
    self::create();
  }
}

echo '<pre>';
$documentCreate=Document::create();
print_r($documentCreate);
$userInuserstatic=User::inuserstatic();
print_r($userInuserstatic);
$userCreate=User::create();
print_r($userCreate);
$documentIndocument=Document::indocument();
print_r($documentIndocument);
echo '</pre>';
?>

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I change line 17
from
public $inDomainObject=3;
to
public $inDocumentObject=3;

for clarity so we can tell which class was entered.

new output

Document Object
(
    [inDocumentObject] => 3
    [inDomainObject] => 1
)
User Object
(
    [inUser] => 2
    [inDomainObject] => 1
)
User Object
(
    [inUser] => 2
    [inDomainObject] => 1
)
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by:käµfm³d 👽
ID: 40019014
Ah, my mistake. (So I was missing something!) The problem is that you are not returning anything from your method call. Change line 19 to:

return self::create();

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Author Comment

by:rgb192
ID: 40019103
but why doesnt the current line19
self::create();
return line5
which is
return new static();

why do I need to append 'return' to line19 when there is already a 'return' in line5
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käµfm³d   👽 earned 2000 total points
ID: 40019136
Because each function returns something. A function calling another function doesn't mean that the called function's return value will automatically be returned from the calling function. If you write a function that you want to return values from, then it must have a return itself.
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Author Closing Comment

by:rgb192
ID: 40019181
thanks for teaching me about return values of a function.
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