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Why is not possible to initialize a property to a function when you declare the property in php? The following snippit results in a Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_FUNCTION

  class AssignAnonFunction {
    private $someFunc = function() {
      echo "Will Not work";

Yet you can initialize a property to a string, number or other data types?


But I can assign a function to a property in the __construct() method. The following does work:

  class AssignAnonFunctionInConstructor {
    private $someFunc;

    public function __construct() {
      $this->someFunc = function() {
        echo "Does Work";



Because it is not implemented in PHP. Quote:

They (properties) are defined by using one of the keywords public, protected, or private, followed by a normal variable declaration. This declaration may include an initialization, but this initialization must be a constant value--that is, it must be able to be evaluated at compile time and must not depend on run-time information in order to be evaluated.

You cannot initialize properties like this, functions are not constant values. Hence my original answer "it is not implemented".

Why is it not implemented? That I can only guess - it probably is quite a complex task and nobody has stepped up to implement it. And/or there may not be enough demand for a feature like that.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Here's what worked best for me when trying to script this (in case anyone else comes across this like I did):

$ pecl -d php_suffix=5.6 install <package>
$ pecl uninstall -r <package>

$ pecl -d php_suffix=7.0 install <package>
$ pecl uninstall -r <package>

$ pecl -d php_suffix=7.1 install <package>
$ pecl uninstall -r <package>

The -d php_suffix=<version> piece allows you to set config values at run time vs pre-setting them with pecl config-set. The uninstall -r bit does not actually uninstall it (from the docs):

vagrant@homestead:~$ pecl help uninstall
pecl uninstall [options] [channel/]<package> ...
Uninstalls one or more PEAR packages.  More than one package may be
specified at once.  Prefix with channel name to uninstall from a
channel not in your default channel (

  -r, --register-only
        do not remove files, only register the packages as not installed

The uninstall line is necessary otherwise installing it will remove any previously installed version, even if it was for a different PHP version (ex: Installing an extension for PHP 7.0 would remove the 5.6 version if the package was still registered as installed).

Monday, December 12, 2022

You could just pass it to SYM:

f = @(x) x^2;
g = sym(f)

But then most of the symbolic functions do that automatically when they receive a function handle (subs, int, etc...)

Sunday, October 2, 2022

It looks like this is not possible. In the language specification in chapter 6.23 Anonymous functions the syntax does not allow an * after a type. In chapter 4.6 Function Declarations and Definitions after the type there can be an *.

What you can do however is this:

scala> def foo(ss: String*) = println(ss.length)
foo: (ss: String*)Unit

scala> val bar = foo _
bar: (String*) => Unit = <function1>

scala> bar("a", "b", "c")

scala> bar()
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Never used any of those, but they look interesting..

Take a look at Gearman as well.. more overhead in systems like these but you get other cool stuff :) Guess it depends on your needs ..

Friday, November 11, 2022
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