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Quickie: Difference between '.' and '->' in accessing objects and classes


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Hi guys, I couldn't find anything in the main PHP docs, but I was just wondering if I could get a quick clarifications between '.' (period or full stop) and '->' in accessing classes and objects. Mainly this is just for ease of coding for a database active records class.


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the . is used to stick things together. generally it's just the :: and -> for accessing class methods and properties.


$a = 'hello';
$b = 'world';
$c = $a . $b; // hello world

$class = new MyClass();

echo $class->variable;

MyClass::doSomething(); // static method call

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. is the string concatenation operator, as Gamic pointed out. It combines two strings into one.

-> is the member-access operator, which accesses variables [methods] defined for an object.

:: is the static access operator, for accessing statics (variables/functions) defined for a class.

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