Enumerations

Basic Enumerations

Enumerations are a restricting layer on top of classes and class constants, intended to provide a way to define a closed set of possible values for a type.

<?php
enum Suit
{
    case 
Hearts;
    case 
Diamonds;
    case 
Clubs;
    case 
Spades;
}

function 
do_stuff(Suit $s)
{
    
// ...
}

do_stuff(Suit::Spades);
?>

For a full discussion, see the Enumerations chapter.

Casting

If an enum is converted to an object, it is not modified. If an enum is converted to an array, an array with a single name key (for Pure enums) or an array with both name and value keys (for Backed enums) is created. All other cast types will result in an error.

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