PHP RFC: Basic Scalar Types
- Version: 0.1
- Date: 2015-03-11
- Author: Bob Weinand, email@example.com
- Status: Inactive (different RFC passed)
- First Published at: http://wiki.php.net/rfc/basic_scalar_types
We already had multiple attempts at getting scalar types in PHP 7.0. With a series of withdrawn RFCs and two other votes going on currently whose outcome is not yet clear by a large margin.
Thus, this RFC tries to introduce a basic set of scalar types, in case the other RFCs trying to get them in fail, in order to have scalar types at all in PHP 7.0.
This RFC proposes a basic set of types:
There are no new keywords added for them, they just will be prohibited from usage as class, interface and trait names (including any sort of aliasing).
They should behave just like they already do with current parameter parsing behavior of internal functions for scalars.
*Only non-NaN floats between
PHP_INT_MAX accepted. (New in PHP 7, see the ZPP Failure on Overflow RFC)
†Non-numeric strings not accepted. Numeric strings with trailing characters are accepted, but produce a notice.
‡Only if it has a
Typed parameters always will be casted to their respective type, if accepted.
The scalar types can be also used as return types. The return value then will be appropriately casted, if accepted.
Backward Incompatible Changes
There is no other compatibility break apart from removing
bool as class, interface or trait name.
Proposed PHP Version(s)
The RFC only aims to introduce a very basic skeleton of scalar types.
Everything else can be built on top on it later. This RFC won't create any real hurdle for potential future improvements in later versions.
Proposed Voting Choices
In case where all the RFCs trying to introduce scalar types into PHP 7.0 should fail the vote, should these four basic scalar types be introduced?
The vote will require a 2/3 majority.
Patches and Tests
The patch is a variation of https://github.com/ircmaxell/php-src/compare/scalar_type_hints_v5 without the declare()/strict part.