Creating A JavaScript Array Dynamically Via PHP

| Created: March 20th, 2008
PHP Development 16 Comments
Update – 1 August 2013:
There are lots of suggestions in the comments that are better than my original solution. Also, with 5 years of hindsight, I’d approach it differently anyway! The way I’d do this now would be as follows:

<script type="text/javascript">
	var lcValues = <?php echo json_encode($myPHPArray); ?>;

So much simpler! PHP4 has almost disappeared so there’s no reason not to use json_encode. I’d recommend that you stop reading now and just go with that.

If you use PHP to create web pages, there may be times when you need to create a JavaScript array dynamically from a PHP array. This is not hard to do, but there is a trap you need to be careful of: dealing with arrays containing only a single element. Continue reading

NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta for PHP Developers

| Created: August 18th, 2008
PHP Development 31 Comments

In one of my older posts, on PHP Performance Profiling with APD, there‚Äôs a discussion in the comments about which IDE is best to use with PHP. Terence Chang recommends Zend Studio and mentions Eclipse. Dreamweaver’s also discussed and I state that I just use a text editor (with syntax highlighting).

Against that backdrop, I read with interest that the NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta has just been released and that it now caters to PHP developers (article by Lloyd Dunn). Continue reading