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PHP Functions

Function: var_export

(PHP 4 >= 4.2.0, PHP 5)

var_export -- Outputs or returns a parsable string representation of a variable

Description

mixed var_export ( mixed expression [, bool return] )

var_export() gets structured information about the given variable. It is similar to var_dump() with one exception: the returned representation is valid PHP code.

Parameters

expression

The variable you want to export.

return

If used and set to TRUE , var_export() will return the variable representation instead of outputing it.

Return Values

Returns the variable representation when the return parameter is used and evaluates to TRUE . Otherwise, this function will return NULL .

Examples

Example 1. var_export() Examples

<?php
$a = array (1, 2, array ("a", "b", "c"));
var_export($a);
?>

The above example will output:

array (
  0 => 1,
  1 => 2,
  2 => 
  array (
    0 => 'a',
    1 => 'b',
    2 => 'c',
  ),
)
<?php

$b = 3.1;
$v = var_export($b, true);
echo $v;

?>

The above example will output:

3.1

Notes

Note: Variables of type resource and arrays or objects containing objects couldn't be exported by this function.

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