Properties

Classes and Objects
November 14, 2018
Class Constants
November 14, 2018

Class member variables are called “properties”. You may also see them referred to using other terms such as “attributes” or “fields”, but for the purposes of this reference we will use “properties”. They are defined by using one of the keywords publicprotected, or private, followed by a normal variable declaration. This declaration may include an initialization, but this initialization must be a constant value–that is, it must be able to be evaluated at compile time and must not depend on run-time information in order to be evaluated.

See Visibility for more information on the meanings of publicprotected, and private.

Visibility

The visibility of a property, a method or (as of PHP 7.1.0) a constant can be defined by prefixing the declaration with the keywords public, protected or private. Class members declared public can be accessed everywhere. Members declared protected can be accessed only within the class itself and by inheriting and parent classes. Members declared as private may only be accessed by the class that defines the member.

Property Visibility

Class properties must be defined as public, private, or protected. If declared using var, the property will be defined as public.

Example #1 Property declaration

echo $this->protected;
echo $this->private;
}
}

$obj = new MyClass();
echo $obj->public; // Works
echo $obj->protected; // Fatal Error
echo $obj->private; // Fatal Error
$obj->printHello(); // Shows Public, Protected and Private

/**
* Define MyClass2
*/
class MyClass2 extends MyClass
{
// We can redeclare the public and protected properties, but not private
public $public = ‘Public2’;
protected $protected = ‘Protected2’;

function printHello()
{
echo $this->public;
echo $this->protected;
echo $this->private;
}
}

$obj2 = new MyClass2();
echo $obj2->public; // Works
echo $obj2->protected; // Fatal Error
echo $obj2->private; // Undefined
$obj2->printHello(); // Shows Public2, Protected2, Undefined

?>

Method Visibility

Class methods may be defined as public, private, or protected. Methods declared without any explicit visibility keyword are defined as public.

Example #2 Method Declaration

<?php
/**
* Define MyClass
*/
class MyClass
{
// Declare a public constructor
public function __construct() { }
// Declare a public method
public function MyPublic() { }

// Declare a protected method
protected function MyProtected() { }

// Declare a private method
private function MyPrivate() { }

// This is public
function Foo()
{
$this->MyPublic();
$this->MyProtected();
$this->MyPrivate();
}
}

$myclass = new MyClass;
$myclass->MyPublic(); // Works
$myclass->MyProtected(); // Fatal Error
$myclass->MyPrivate(); // Fatal Error
$myclass->Foo(); // Public, Protected and Private work

/**
* Define MyClass2
*/
class MyClass2 extends MyClass
{
// This is public
function Foo2()
{
$this->MyPublic();
$this->MyProtected();
$this->MyPrivate(); // Fatal Error
}
}

$myclass2 = new MyClass2;
$myclass2->MyPublic(); // Works
$myclass2->Foo2(); // Public and Protected work, not Private

class Bar
{
public function test() {
$this->testPrivate();
$this->testPublic();
}

public function testPublic() {
echo “Bar::testPublic\n”;
}

private function testPrivate() {
echo “Bar::testPrivate\n”;
}
}

class Foo extends Bar
{
public function testPublic() {
echo “Foo::testPublic\n”;
}

private function testPrivate() {
echo “Foo::testPrivate\n”;
}
}

$myFoo = new Foo();
$myFoo->test(); // Bar::testPrivate
// Foo::testPublic
?>

Constant Visibility

As of PHP 7.1.0, class constants may be defined as public, private, or protected. Constants declared without any explicit visibility keyword are defined as public.

Example #3 Constant Declaration as of PHP 7.1.0

<?php
/**
* Define MyClass
*/
class MyClass
{
// Declare a public constant
public const MY_PUBLIC = 'public';
// Declare a protected constant
protected const MY_PROTECTED = ‘protected’;

// Declare a private constant
private const MY_PRIVATE = ‘private’;

public function foo()
{
echo self::MY_PUBLIC;
echo self::MY_PROTECTED;
echo self::MY_PRIVATE;
}
}

$myclass = new MyClass();
MyClass::MY_PUBLIC; // Works
MyClass::MY_PROTECTED; // Fatal Error
MyClass::MY_PRIVATE; // Fatal Error
$myclass->foo(); // Public, Protected and Private work

/**
* Define MyClass2
*/
class MyClass2 extends MyClass
{
// This is public
function foo2()
{
echo self::MY_PUBLIC;
echo self::MY_PROTECTED;
echo self::MY_PRIVATE; // Fatal Error
}
}

$myclass2 = new MyClass2;
echo MyClass2::MY_PUBLIC; // Works
$myclass2->foo2(); // Public and Protected work, not Private
?>

Visibility from other objects

Objects of the same type will have access to each others private and protected members even though they are not the same instances. This is because the implementation specific details are already known when inside those objects.

Example #4 Accessing private members of the same object type

<?php
class Test
{
private $foo;
public function __construct($foo)
{
$this->foo = $foo;
}

private function bar()
{
echo ‘Accessed the private method.’;
}

public function baz(Test $other)
{
// We can change the private property:
$other->foo = ‘hello’;
var_dump($other->foo);

// We can also call the private method:
$other->bar();
}
}

$test = new Test(‘test’);

$test->baz(new Test(‘other’));
?>

The above example will output:

string(5) "hello"
Accessed the private method.
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