PHP – Take advantage of language constructs

  • Fastest things in PHP are the language constructs.
  • They are highly optimized in the interpreter
  • Don’t require calling external libraries
  • Don’t call a function if there is a language construct. As an example, using a casting operator like (int) $total is much more efficient than using the function intval($foo)
  • Function calling generate considerably amount of overhead. Using a language construct avoid
  • isset() and unset() are both language constructs, even though they mostly act like functions. However calling them does not generate the function overhead.

Some common language constructs are:

  1. echo()
  2. empty()
  3. isset()
  4. unset()
  5. eval()
  6. exit()
  7. die()
  8. include()
  9. include_once()
  10. require()
  11. require_once()
  12. return
mahmud ahsan

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  • gf4e
    July 3, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Efficiency is an important aspect of programming. I am going to write a post about using different programming styles in order to minimize resource consumption. There is enough information on the web, I know, but I kind of wanted to collect most important parts on one long page.

  • jack
    August 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I have been looking around for language constructs in PHP and they seem to be quite hard to find. Thanks a lot for posting the useful ones. I am too preparing for ZCE exam.


  • Adam
    October 3, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Than you Ahsan for this post, the list of Language Constructs have come in very useful for my blog.

    I noticed you are a ZCE I soon hope to be soon as I learn PHP by writing everything in the Blog:

    Much thanks for the help