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re: PHP needs its own ES6 VIEW POST


Generics would solve so much problems with arrays. They would allow us to create type safe collections where we could implement all those functions (map, filter, reduce etc).

The issue is that array is not an object in PHP when in Python and JS arrays and lists are object.


At the least, generics would allow us to create our own array classes with generic strict types and I would bet that projects like symphony (which have a quite good robust collection implementation) would use this in the future. I am really hoping for generics in 7.4, as it is one of the most useful features in a "real" typed language! :)


Unfortunately AFAIK there's no signs yet of generics being implemented in PHP. There is an RFC for generics targeting PHP 7.1, but i don't know if it's still active. Maybe in PHP 8?

Aye, I have seen the RFC and I do hope that it is picked up before 8.x. Seeing how much that have changed in the 7.x versions (and especially seeing even harder "types" in 7.4) I do feel that it would not be impossible to see the RFC picked up in 7.4 or 7.5. I do hope so, but I'm not holding my breath! hehe

Either way, the additions in each new minor version of the 7.x releases have given me much joy! :)


Generics would be cool. On the other hand, it is already possible since PHP 7 to collect values of a single datatype. Just create a class and use type hinting. Here is an example:


This actually the approach i've been using for quite some time now. I usually just implement IteratorAggregate and create adding methods. Still, this usually means that i implement a lot of these classes. Lots of repetition, lots of new files.


Sure. I took a quite literal ES6 way of thinking here in a way that it would require some compiling/transpiling back to original.

So maybe we could have

  ->filter(function(num) { return num % 2 === 0; })
  ->map(function(num) { return num * 2 ;})

that would then transpile into

   function(num) { return num * 2; },
     function(num) { return num % 2 === 0; }

so that it would be compatible with real deal.

Like I mentioned, I'm not a language designer nor do I know much about how to make languages or compilers but this is the high-level thinking I have.

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