PHP RFC: Reserve More Types in PHP 7
- Version: 1.1
- Date: 2015-02-18
- Author: Levi Morrison email@example.com
- Status: Implemented (in PHP 7.0)
- First Published at: http://wiki.php.net/rfc/reserve_more_types_in_php_7
This RFC prevents the use of the following words to be used as a class, interface or trait name:
This RFC does not fully reserve them as keywords; it only prohibits their usage as class, interface and trait names. It also prevents them from being used in namespaces.
I have chosen to not reserve
boolean out of interest of proposing the smallest useful subset. Another RFC could reserve these aliases in the future.
Facilitate Future RFCs
Reserving these words in PHP 7 would allow for another RFC to add scalar types in a minor release such as PHP 7.1 (assuming they make no backwards compatibility breaks). Without reserving them now a future RFC would only be able to target major PHP versions such as version 8 since they would break backwards compatibility.
Given that PHP has primitive types such as int, float, string and null it does not make sense for them to exist as classes, or if they do they should be provided by PHP itself.
Backward Incompatible Changes
This breaks any and all cases where these new reserved words are used in class, interface or trait names. It does not break any usages as function or method names or as class constants.
Unaffected PHP Functionality
This RFC does not change the way our current parameter and return type hints work. Support for these new reserved words as types for parameters or return types is beyond the scope of this RFC.
Potentially future RFCs could:
- reserve the aliases of these types, such as
- add explicit scalar type support for parameter and return types
- add union types, such as
- reserve other types such as
Proposed Voting Choices
The vote will be a simple “yes” or “no”: do you vote in favor of reserving these type names?
This RFC requires at least two thirds of the votes to be “yes” to pass.
Patches and Tests
There is currently no implementation.
- 1.0: Reserve
- 1.1: No longer reserve