So I’m working on cleanup of a horrible codebase, and I’m slowly moving to full error reporting.
It’s an arduous process, with hundreds of notices along the lines of:
Notice: Undefined index: incoming in /path/to/code/somescript.php on line 18
due to uses of variables assuming undefined variables will just process as false, like:
// do something
The goal is to be able to know when a incorrectly undefined variable introduced, the ability to use strict error/notice checking, as the first stage in a refactoring process that -will- eventually include rewriting of the spots of code that rely on standard input arrays in this way. There are two ways that I know of to replace a variable that may or may not be defined
in a way that suppresses notices if it isn’t yet defined.
It is rather clean to just replace instances of a variable like
$_REQUEST['incoming'] that are only looking for truthy values with
It is quite dirty to replace instances of a variable like
$_REQUEST['incoming'] with the “standard” test, which is
(isset($_REQUEST['incoming'])? $_REQUEST['incoming'] : null)
And you’re adding a ternary/inline if, which is problematic because you can actually nest parens differently in complex code and totaly change the behavior.
So…. …is there any unacceptable aspect to use of the
@ error suppression symbol compared to using
(isset($something)? $something : null) ?
Edit: To be as clear as possible, I’m not comparing “rewriting the code to be good” to “@”, that’s a stage later in this process due to the added complexity of real refactoring. I’m only comparing the two ways (there may be others) that I know of to replace $undefined_variable with a non-notice-throwing version, for now.