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    global variables vs $_GET

    Hi All

    I noticed that variables like $_GET are available everywhere in the program. They are different from global variables (these need to be defined 'global' in a function)

    What exactly is the difference between them and can i define variables like $_GET, so I don't have to define them in each function ?

    cheers

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    Hopefully this explains what $_GET is and how it works.

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    it does explain how to use it, but doesn't mention anything about global variables.
    I want to know more about this variable compaired with global variables; you have to agree global variables and (for example) $_GET look like globals, but $_GET is different

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    If you want to use global variables without using the "global", u can use the superglobal $GLOBALS['var_name'].

    For example:
    $var = "test";

    function print_test() {
    echo $GLOBALS['var'];
    }


    As the link tirna posted says:
    "The built-in $_GET function is used to collect values in a form with method="get"."

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    ok, thats the missing link, there are globals and superglobals!

    thnx

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    $_GET is a superglobal

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    One caveat: if you make a function dependent upon $GLOBAL, it is effectively the same as using a "global" variable declaration within the function: it is now closely coupled with the application code and thus inherits all the same problems that cause most developers to eschew the use of "global" (re-usability issues, testing issues, potential for nasty bugs issues, etc.)

    The "standard" super-global arrays such as $_POST and $_GET aren't quite as bad, as they are, well, standard. But even then using them directly within a function may be less than desirable, as opposed to passing the necessary variables in the function parameters, whether by copy or by reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogDog View Post
    One caveat: if you make a function dependent upon $GLOBAL, it is effectively the same as using a "global" variable declaration within the function: it is now closely coupled with the application code and thus inherits all the same problems that cause most developers to eschew the use of "global" (re-usability issues, testing issues, potential for nasty bugs issues, etc.)

    The "standard" super-global arrays such as $_POST and $_GET aren't quite as bad, as they are, well, standard. But even then using them directly within a function may be less than desirable, as opposed to passing the necessary variables in the function parameters, whether by copy or by reference.
    So the conclusion is: Don't use globals?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanluca View Post
    So the conclusion is: Don't use globals?!
    I won't say never, ever use them; but generally speaking it's almost always better not to in terms of re-usability and all that other stuff. About the only time I'd say not to worry about it is if you are writing a quick, one-off script that you never expect to re-use in any way or have to maintain.
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    ok, thnx a lot for explaining!!

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