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include/require vs creating your own custom function


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I need to include a pagination file in multiple pages or create a custom function but not sure which one to use.


For example:



function test() {
    echo "Hello PHP Freaks!";



Or I can create a separate file that echos this statement and include it.


When do you use include/require and when do you create your own custom function?

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it's not really a question of using an include or making a function. You use multiple files to separate your data. You may have one file that stores database info and another file that stores a set of custom functions or objects. once you have a few files you need to use all at once you can then include them into the file being browsed to.


more to the point, I think writing a pagination function is a swell idea. I would avoid programming at the procedural level whenever possible.

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